"Fab Five" In A Row Before Dawn: If you’re up before dawn and have an unobstructed view east and west, you might actually see five bright planets at one time. The five brightest planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn - have been known since ancient times. They can easily be seen with the naked eye if one knows when and where to look. This is the best time of the year to catch the Fab Five. Five in a row before dawn! The bright gas giant planets, Jupiter and Saturn, shining to the southwest, Mars is higher up in the south southeastern sky, and completing the set of five, are Venus and Mercury low to the eastern sky with the waning crescent Moon pairing up with Venus. Of all the five planets, Mercury is the faintest and therefore hardest to see, so having the lit side of the lunar crescent as a signpost to Mercury is always an advantage. Stay Tuned!