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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 April 1 to 15, 2024

    Mercury vanishes in the glow of sunset during the first evenings of April. The tiny planet passes between Earth and the Sun (inferior conjunction) on April 11, and will gradually reappear at dawn where it undergoes a poor apparition between May 1st and June 1st.

    Venus is now too close to the Sun and is lost in the glare of our star. The planet will pass behind the Sun (superior conjunction) on June 4, and will gradually reappear as the Evening star in July.

    Mars is emerging from behind the Sun and gradually reappears in the morning sky. Use binoculars to locate the faint Red Planet, very low in the east-southeast at dawn, 45 minutes before sunrise. On the morning of April 10, Mars and Saturn are in conjunction, just ½ a degree apart.

    Jupiter is closing in on the Sun and appears lower on the horizon with each passing evening but remains a beacon in the sky during the first hours of the night. The bright (magnitude –2.0) Giant Planet appears at dusk more than 20 degrees high in the west and disappears in the west-northwest around 10:00 p.m. During the evening of April 10, the waxing crescent Moon shines 4 degrees to the upper right of Jupiter.

    Saturn passed behind the Sun (conjunction) on February 28 and gradually reappears at dawn in April. Look for the Ringed Planet very low in the east-southeast at dawn, 30 minutes before sunrise. Saturn is somewhat faint presently and binoculars will help in locating it. On the morning of April 10, Mars and Saturn are in conjunction, just ½ a degree apart.

    See also

    Monthly Sky

    The Pocket Planetarium

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