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Planets visible to the naked eye

  • Photo: Sophie Desrosiers
    Planets visible to the naked eye

    From November 18 to December 2, 2019

    Mercury emerges at dawn after November 20 for an excellent apparition in the morning sky. Look for the tiny planet low in the east-southeast, one hour before sunrise. On November 25, at dawn, the crescent Moon hangs 5 degrees to the lower left of Mercury.

    Venus reappears gradually in the evening sky, and becomes easier to detect with each passing evening. 30 minutes after sunset, look for the dazzling planet low above the southwest horizon where it forms a remarkable pair with Jupiter; on November 23 and 24 Venus passes just 1 ½ degrees below the giant planet. On November 28 at dusk, the thin crescent moon will hang just 1 ½ degrees above Venus; less than 5 degrees to their right, Jupiter completes this striking trio.

    Mars emerges above the east-southeast horizon around 5:00 a.m., about 2 hours before sunrise. Look for the Red Planet at the crack of dawn, before the sky becomes too bright. On November 24, at dawn, the crescent Moon hangs 3 ½ degrees to the left of the Red Planet.

    Jupiter is getting closer to the setting Sun and shines lower and lower in the southwest at dusk, near dazzling Venus. On November 23 and 24 the two brightest planets meet, with Venus passing just 1 ½ degrees below Jupiter. On November 28 at dusk, the thin crescent moon hangs just 1 ½ degrees above Venus, forming a striking trio with Jupiter less than 5 degrees to their right.

    Saturn can be seen during the early evening hours, but is also getting closer to the setting Sun and shines lower in the sky with each passing evening. The Ringed Planet appears during twilight some 15 degrees high in the south-southwest, and sets in the southwest around 7:00 p.m. On the evening of November 29, the lunar crescent appears less than 2 degrees below Saturn.

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