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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 November 14 to 28, 2022

    Mercury is too close to the Sun and is not currently visible. The tiny planet passed behind the Sun (superior conjunction) on November 8, and will reappear gradually in the evening sky over the month of December.

    Venus is too close to the Sun and is not visible presently; it will gradually reappear in the evening sky in December.

    Mars emerges above the east-northeastern horizon around 5:30 p.m., culminates around 1 a.m., almost 70 degrees above the southern horizon, and stays visible all night long . During the night of December 7 to 8, a rare occultation of Mars by the Full Moon will occur. The Red Planet will disappear behind our satellite from 10:41 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

    Jupiter appears during evening twilight above the east-southeast horizon, culminates around 8 p.m. some 40 degrees above the southern horizon and vanishes in the west around 1:30 a.m. During the night of December 1 to 2, the waxing gibbous Moon will pass at 2 ¼ degrees from the bright planet.

    Saturn appears at nightfall in the south and culminates not long after, around 5 p.m., just under 30 degrees high. The Ringed Planet vanishes under the  south-southwestern horizon around 10 p.m. On the evening of November 28, the crescent Moon will hang 6 degrees below Saturn.

    See also

    Monthly Sky

    The Pocket Planetarium

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