Elusive pairing of planets to glow together before daybreak Friday

The first week of March will conclude with a celestial meet-up of the smallest and largest planets in the solar system, but it will only be visible to those up well before daybreak and under a cloud-free sky.

This morning, March 5, Mercury and Jupiter will appear side-by-side in an astronomical event called a conjunction. This type of conjunction is not particularly rare and is the second time this year that Mercury and Jupiter are converging in the night sky.

To see the pair of planets, skywatchers will need to look to the southeast about an hour before sunrise with the two eventually fading away as the light from the sun brightens the sky leading up to daybreak.