In the late days of January and early February, you have an opportunity to see all the planets of the inner solar system together. Start looking to the southeast a bit before 6 a.m. and find bright Venus near the horizon. Below and to the left, you’ll see two faint dots rising to form a line with Venus. Mercury will be the lowest with Mars in between them. Mercury, Venus, and Mars will be very near the horizon as morning twilight sets in, so this will be a significantly challenging observation that will require an exceedingly clear view. A great place to try spotting all the inner planets will be along Varner Road north of Thousand Palms.
ILLUSTRATION BY STAURT FUNK