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Planets visible to the naked eye

  • Photo: Sophie Desrosiers
    Planets visible to the naked eye

    From January 27 to February 10, 2020

    Mercury is presently visible at dusk: Look for the tiny planet very low in the west-southwest about 30 minutes after sunset. This favourable evening apparition of Mercury will last until mid-February.

    Venus is the dazzling Evening Star that shines in the southwest shortly after sunset and until it sets in the west around 8:30 p.m. On January 28 at dusk, the thin crescent moon hangs 6 degrees to the left of Venus.

    Mars emerges above the east-southeast horizon around 4:30 a.m., more than 2 ½ hours before sunrise. At the beginning of dawn, the Red Planet stands about 15 degrees high in the southeast. On February 18, at dawn, the thin crescent Moon hangs less than one degree to the upper right of the Red Planet.

    Jupiter gradually reappears at dawn: look for the Giant Planet very low in the southeast, one hour before sunrise. As Jupiter rises earlier with each passing day, it becomes easier to pick out in in a darker sky.

    Saturn is currently lost the sun’s glare and cannot be seen. The Ringed Planet passed behind the Sun (conjunction) on January 13, and will reappear at dawn in February.

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