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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 July 25 to August 8 to 22, 2022

    Mercury is undergoing a poor apparition, very low above the horizon at dusk, until September 1. Look for the tiny planet very low above the western horizon about thirty minutes after sunset; the optimal period of observation for this apparition is between August 10 and August 25.

    Venus is the dazzling Morning Star that appears in the east a little bit more than 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 August 25, the thin waning crescent Moon will hang above Venus and pass to its left on the morning of August 26.

    Mars is visible during the second half of the night and at dawn. The Red Planet emerges above the east-northeastern horizon around midnight, fifty degrees to the lower left of bright Jupiter. On the night of August 18 to 19, the Last Quarter Moon will rest 2 degrees above Mars. On the night of August 19 to 20, the moon will shine 10 degrees to the left of Mars, drawing a diamond shape with the Pleiades, the Red Planet and the Hyades.

    Jupiter emerges above the eastern horizon around 10 pm and remains visible until the end of the night. Much fainter Mars can be found some fifty degrees to its lower left while Saturn can be found some fifty degrees to its upper right. As the night comes to an end, around 4 a.m., the Giant planet culminates over 40 degrees high above the southern horizon. The waning Moon will lie 3 degrees to the lower right of Jupiter on the night of August 14 to August 15.

    Saturn is at opposition August 14 and is  visible all night long these days. The Ringed Planet appears at dusk above the east-southeast horizon, culminates around 1 a.m., about 30 degrees high in the south, and vanishes at dawn as it sets in the west-southwest. On the night of August 11 to August 12, the Full Moon will shine 4 degrees below Saturn.

    See also

    Monthly Sky

    The Pocket Planetarium

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