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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 June 27 to July 11, 2022

    Mercury is ending its morning apparition over the next few days. Look for the tiny planet very low in the east-northeast, 45 minutes before sunrise. Even though its luminosity decreases by the day, its visibility remains good until July 3. 

    Venus is the dazzling Morning Star that appears in the east one hour before sunrise and remains visible through dawn. It shines about 12 degrees above the east-northeastern horizon at the start of civil twilight. On the morning of July 26, the thin waning crescent Moon will hang above Venus and pass to its left on the morning of July 27. 

    Mars is visible at the end of the night and at dawn. The Red Planet emerges in the east about three and a half hours before sunrise, some twenty degrees to the lower left of bright Jupiter. The Last Quarter Moon will rest 3 degrees to the right of Mars on the night of July 20 to 21.

    Jupiter is visible at the end of the night and at dawn. The bright Giant Planet rises in the east, four hours before sunrise. Much fainter Mars can be found some twenty degrees to its lower left. The waning Moon will lie 3 degrees to the lower left of Jupiter on the night of July 18 to 19.

    Saturn is visible during the second half of the night and at dawn. The Ringed Planet appears in the east-southeast around midnight; it culminates at dawn, about 30 degrees high above the southern horizon. On the night of July 15 to 16, the waning gibbous Moon will shine a few degrees to the left of Saturn.

    See also

    Monthly Sky

    The Pocket Planetarium

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