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  • June 15, 2020

Planets visible to the naked eye - June 15, 2020

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Photo: Sophie Desrosiers
Planets visible to the naked eye

From June 15 to 29, 2020

Mercury is now too close to the Sun and is not visible. The tiny planet passes between Earth and the Sun (inferior conjunction) on June 30, after which it will reappear gradually in the morning sky. It will be visible at dawn, above the east-northeast horizon, from mid-July to the first week of August.

Venus passed between Earth and the Sun (inferior conjunction) on June 3, and now gradually reappears at dawn. Look for it very low in the east-northeast, about 30 minutes before sunrise. Binoculars will help you locate the planet against the brightening sky. On the morning of June 19, Venus is occulted (hidden) by the waning crescent Moon: we’ll be able to see the bright planet emerging from behind the waning crescent Moon around 4:11 a.m.

Mars emerges above the eastern horizon after 1:30 a.m. At dawn, the Red Planet stands more than 30 degrees high in the southeast. On July 11 and 12, at the end of the night and at dawn, the waning gibbous Moon shines near Mars.

Jupiter is visible low in the southeast after 11 p.m. Around 2:30 a.m., the bright Giant Planet culminates about 23 degrees high in the south. Note the presence of Saturn, a few degrees to its lower left. On the morning of July 6, the waning gibbous Moon draws a large triangle with Saturn and Jupiter, both located above.

Saturn is visible very low in the southeast after 11 p.m., a few degrees to the lower left of bright Jupiter. Around 3:00 a.m., Saturn culminates about 24 degrees high in the south, just to the left of Jupiter. On the morning of July 6, the waning gibbous Moon draws a large triangle with Saturn and Jupiter, both located above.

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