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Planets visible to the naked eye

  • Photo: Sophie Desrosiers

    From July 15 to 29, 2019

    Mercury is now lost in the glare of the sun and is not visible. The tiny planet passes between Earth and the sun (inferior conjunction) on July 21, and will reappear in the morning sky in early August.

    Venus is drowned in the glare of the rising sun and is not visible at the moment. The bright planet passes behind the sun (superior conjunction) on August 14, and will gradually reappear in the evening sky this fall.

    Mars sinks lower and lower in the glow of twilight, and completely vanishes from view during July. The Red Planet passes behind the sun (solar conjunction) on September 2, and will reappear in the dawn sky in October.

    Jupiter shines brightly in the south during the evening and at the beginning of the night. The Giant Planet appears during twilight as it culminates some 22 degrees above the southern horizon, and sets in the southwest around 2:00 a.m. The waxing gibbous Moon will shine just above Jupiter on the evening of August 9.

    Saturn was at opposition on July 9. The Ringed Planet appears in the southeast during evening twilight, culminates 22 degrees high in the south around midnight, and sets in the southwest at dawn. During the night of July 15 to 16, the nearly full Moon gradually approaches Saturn, eventually coming within 1 degree below the planet.

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