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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 October 3 to 17, 2022

    Mercury passed through inferior conjunction (between the Earth and the Sun) on September 23. The tiny planet is now visible in the morning sky: until October 27, look for it above the eastern horizon at dawn, 45 minutes before sunrise. On the morning of October 24, the very thin waning lunar crescent will hang just 1 ½ degrees above Mercury.

    Venus is too close to the Sun and is not visible presently. It reaches superior conjunction on October 22, passing behind the Sun, and will gradually reappear in the evening sky in December.

    Mars is visible during the late evening hours and until dawn. The planet emerges above the east-northeastern horizon around 10:00 p.m. and culminates in the south around 5:00 a.m., some 66 degrees above the horizon. On the night of October 14 to 15, the waning gibbous Moon passes just 5 degrees above Mars.

    Jupiter was at opposition on September 26. The bright planet appears during evening twilight above the eastern horizon, culminates around midnight about 43 degrees above the southern horizon, and vanishes in the west before dawn. On the evening of October 8, at dusk, the waxing gibbous Moon rises in the east 3 ½ degrees below Jupiter, with the gap between them increasing over the following hours.

    Saturn appears at nightfall in the southeast and culminates around 9 p.m. just under 30 degrees high in the south. The Ringed Planet vanishes under the  west-southwest horizon before 2 a.m. On the evening of October 5, at nightfall, the waxing gibbous Moon hangs  5 ½ degrees to the lower left of Saturn, with the gap between them increasing over the following hours.

    See also

    Monthly Sky

    The Pocket Planetarium

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