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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 May 27 to June 10, 2024

    Mercury is undergoing a poor apparition in the morning sky until June 1st. At dawn, 30 minutes before sunrise, look for the tiny planet very low above the east horizon; use binoculars to help locate Mercury in the brightening sky. The 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 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 becoming easier to see at dawn. One hour before sunrise, the Red Planet can be found due east, about 10 degrees above the horizon. Saturn shines about 35 degrees to its right, slightly higher, with the gap between the two planets increasing day to day. The thin waning crescent Moon will appear near the Red Planet on the mornings of June 2 and 3.

    Jupiter is too close to the Sun and is not visible currently. The Giant Planet was in solar conjunction on May 18 and gradually reappears at dawn around mid-June.

    Saturn is now easy to see at the end of the night and at dawn. The Ringed Planet emerges above the eastern horizon around 2:30 a.m. One hour before sunrise, it can be found about 20 degrees above the southeast horizon. At that time, Mars can also be seen more than 30 degrees to its left and shining closer to the horizon; the gap between the two planets increases day to day. On the morning of May 31, the waning crescent Moon hangs just 1 degree below Saturn.

    See also

    Monthly Sky

    The Pocket Planetarium

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