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Planets visible to the naked eye

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    Planets visible to the naked eye

    Here's a look at the planets that will be observable with the naked eye in the coming days. Follow these guidelines to find out where and when to look for them.

    From May 16 to 30, 2022

    Mercury is too close to the Sun and is not visible. The tiny planet passes between Earth and the Sun (inferior conjuntion) on May 21. It will be visible at dawn where it’ll undergo a fair morning sky apparition between June 9 and July 7.

    Venus is the dazzling Morning Star that appears in the east one hour before sunrise and remains visible through dawn. It shines about 8 degrees above the horizon at the start of civil twilight. Jupiter shines to its upper right, and the gap between the two bright planets is increasing from day to day. On May 27, the thin waning crescent Moon hangs less than 3 degrees to the lower left of Venus.

    Mars is visible at the end of the night and at dawn. The Red Planet emerges in the east-southeast about two hours before sunrise, to the right of bright Jupiter. The gap between Mars and Jupiter is closing rapidly, and the two planets will be in conjunction on May 29. The waning crescent Moon rests to the lower left of Jupiter and Mars on the morning of May 25.

    Jupiter is visible at the end of the night and at dawn. Look for the bright Giant Planet in the east, one hour before sunrise. Mars can be found to its upper right, and the gap between them is rapidly closing: the two planets will be in conjunction on May 29. On the morning of May 25, the thin waning crescent Moon will hang to the lower left of Jupiter and Mars.

    Saturn is visible in the morning sky, at the end of the night and at dawn. The Ringed Planet appears in the east-southeast 3 hours before sunrise; at dawn, we find it about 24 degrees above the southeastern horizon. On the morning of May 22, the last quarter Moon shines 5 degrees below Saturn.

    See also

    Monthly Sky

    The Pocket Planetarium

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