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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 28 to December 12, 2022

    Mercury  gradually reappears in the evening sky after  December 11. Look for the tiny planet low in the southwest, 30 to 45 minutes after sunset. Mercury will remain visible until about December 31. On December 28 and 29 at dusk, Venus and Mercury will be in conjunction just 1½ degrees apart, very low in the southwest 30 minutes after sunset.

    Venus is too close to the Sun and is not visible presently; it gradually reappears in the evening sky in mid-December, very low in the southwest 30 minutes after sunset. On December 28 and 29 at dusk, Venus and Mercury will be in conjunction just 1½ degrees apart.

    Mars reaches  opposition during the night of December 7 to 8. The Red Planet is currently visible all night: it emerges above the east-northeastern horizon at dusk, culminates around midnight, shining brightly almost 70 degrees above the southern horizon, and vanishes in the west-northwest at dawn. On the evening of December 7, we’ll witness a rare occultation of Mars by the Full Moon: In Montréal, the Red Planet disappears behind our satellite from 10:41 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

    Jupiter appears during evening twilight above the southeast horizon, culminates around 7 p.m. more than 40 degrees above the southern horizon and vanishes in the west around 12:30 a.m. During the night of December 1 to 2, the waxing gibbous Moon passes 2 ¼ degrees from the bright planet.

    Saturn appears at nightfall, just under 30 degrees high in the south. The Ringed Planet vanishes under the  west-southwest horizon around 9 p.m. On the evening of November 28, the crescent Moon hangs 6 degrees below Saturn.

    See also

    Monthly Sky

    The Pocket Planetarium

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