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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 10 to 24, 2024

    Mercury is too close to the Sun and is not visible presently. The tiny planet passes behind the Sun (superior conjunction) on June 14 and reappears in the evening sky where it will be visible after sunset from June 24 to July 28.

    Venus is too close to the Sun and is not visible. The planet passed behind the Sun (superior conjunction) on June 4 and will gradually reappear as the Evening star in July.

    Mars is now easy to see at the end of the night and at the crack of dawn. One hour before sunrise, the Red Planet can be found due east, about 15 degrees above the horizon. The thin waning crescent Moon hangs 5 degrees above Mars on the morning of July 1.

    Jupiter gradually reappears at dawn. The Giant Planet was in solar conjunction on May 18 and now emerges from the Sun’s glare: look for it just above the east-northeast horizon, one hour before sunrise.

    Saturn is easy to see at the end of the night and at dawn. The Ringed Planet emerges above the eastern horizon around 1:30 a.m. One hour before sunrise, it can be found about 30 degrees high in the southeast. On the morning of June 27, the waning gibbous Moon shines 4 degrees to the right of Saturn.

    See also

    Monthly Sky

    The Pocket Planetarium

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