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Planets visible to the naked eye - November 1, 2021

  • Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan
Photo: Marc Jobin
Planets visible to the naked eye

From November 1 to 15, 2021

Mercury is in the midst of its best morning apparition for 2021. Until the mid-November, look for the tiny planet low on the east-southeast horizon, 30 minutes before sunrise: using binoculars if necessary, spot a tiny speck of light in the colours of dawn. On the morning of November 3, the thin crescent Moon will be suspended just 3 ½ degrees above Mercury. At dawn on November 10, about 30 minutes before sunrise, use binoculars to try and locate Mars less than one degree to the right of Mercury.

Venus is the bright Evening Star that shines low in the south-southwest, 20 minutes after sunset; Venus itself sets in the southwest more than two hours after the Sun. On the evening of November 7, the thin crescent moon shines 4 ½ degrees to the right the Evening Star.

Mars is too close to the Sun and is not easily visible. The Red Planet passed behind the Sun (conjunction) on October 8, and will reappear gradually in the morning sky during the second half of November. At dawn on November 10, about 30 minutes before sunrise, use binoculars to try and locate Mars less than one degree to the right of Mercury.

Jupiter appears after sunset in the southeast. Around 6:30 p.m., the Giant Planet shines brightly nearly 30 degrees high in the south, and vanishes below the west-southwest horizon around 11:30 p.m. (Standard Time). The first quarter Moon shines 5 degrees to the lower left of Jupiter on the evening of November 11.

Saturn appears at dusk in the south-southeast, about 15 degrees to the right of very bright Jupiter. The Ringed Planet culminates around 7 p.m., 25 degrees high in the south, and sets around 10 p.m. (Standard Time) in the west-southwest. The waxing crescent Moon lies 6 degrees to the lower left of Saturn on the evening of November 10.

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