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Planets visible to the naked eye

  • Photo: Sophie Desrosiers
    Planets visible to the naked eye

    From November 15 to 29, 2021

    Mercury is now too close to the Sun and is not visible. The tiny planet passes behind the Sun (superior conjunction) on November 28; late next month, it will reappear in the evening sky where it will make a good apparition between December 29 and January 16.

    Venus is the bright Evening Star that shines low in the south-southwest, 20 minutes after sunset; Venus itself sets in the southwest more than two and a half hours after the Sun. In the early evening of December 6, the thin crescent moon shines 3 ½ degrees below the Evening Star.

    Mars passed behind the Sun (conjunction) on October 8, and reappears gradually in the morning sky. The Red Planet can be seen 30 minutes before sunrise, low in the east-southeast. At dawn on December 2, the waning crescent Moon hangs 7 degrees to the upper right of Mars.

    Jupiter appears soon after sunset in the south-southeast. Around 5:30 p.m., the Giant Planet shines brightly 30 degrees high in the south, and vanishes below the west-southwest horizon around 10:30 p.m. The waxing crescent Moon appears near Jupiter on the evenings of December 8 and 9.

    Saturn appears at dusk 25 degrees high in the south, 16 degrees to the right of very bright Jupiter. The Ringed Planet sets around 9 p.m. in the west-southwest. The waxing crescent Moon appears near Saturn on the evenings of December 7 and 8.

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