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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 13 to 27, 2022

    Mercury is undergoing a fair morning sky apparition over the next few weeks. Look for the tiny planet very low in the east-northeast, 45 minutes before sunrise. Mercury’s visibility will improve after June 16 and will remain 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 10 degrees above the east-northeastern horizon at the start of civil twilight. On the morning of June 26, the thin waning crescent Moon hangs just 2 degrees to the upper left of Venus; also notice the Pleiades star cluster a few degrees above them.

    Mars is visible at the end of the night and at dawn. The Red Planet emerges in the east about three hours before sunrise, a dozen degrees to the lower left of bright Jupiter. The waning crescent Moon rests 5 degrees to the right of Mars on the morning of June 22.

    Jupiter is visible at the end of the night and at dawn. The bright Giant Planet rises in the east, three and a half hours before sunrise. Much fainter Mars can be found a dozen degrees to its lower left. The last quarter Moon lies 5 degrees to the lower right of Jupiter on the morning of June 21.

    Saturn is visible in the morning sky, during the second half of the night and at dawn. The Ringed Planet appears in the east-southeast after midnight; it culminates at dawn, about 30 degrees high above the southern horizon. On the morning of June 18, the waning gibbous Moon shines 7 degrees from Saturn.

    See also

    Monthly Sky

    The Pocket Planetarium

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