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Planets 2016

Looking for the Planets in 2016?

mercury

Mercury

January: Visible in the west in the early evening during the first week of the month.
February: Poorly placed for northern hemisphere viewing this month.
March: Poorly placed for northern hemisphere viewing this month.
April: Best visibility for the United States all year, in the western evening sky after sunset.
May: Not visible this month except in front of the Sun during transit on May 9.
June: Visible in the early morning sky just before the sunrise all month.
July: Poorly placed for viewing in the northern hemisphere.
August: Poorly placed for northern hemisphere viewers.
September: Visible in the early morning pre-dawn eastern sky.
October: Visible in the pre-dawn sky in the east during the first half of the month.
November: Visible in the west at sunset during the last half of the month.
December: Look for it in the sunset sky.


venus

Venus

January: Shines brightly in the eastern sky as the “morning star” just before sunrise.
February: A brilliant object in the dawn skies.
March: Shining brilliantly in the dawn sky.
April: Still visible in the dawn sky, moving closer to the Sun now.
May: Too close to the Sun to be observed.
June: To close to the Sun to be observed.
July: Reappears low in the western evening sky after sunset.
August: Shining brightly in the western sky after sunset. Visible with Jupiter and Mercury on August 27.
September: Continues to shine brightly as the evening star in the west after sunset.
October: Shines brightly in the western sky after sunset. Look for it with Saturn on October 30.
November: Continues to shine brightly in the evening sky.
December: Still shining brightly after the sunset.


mars

Mars

January: Rises in the east around 2am.
February: Rises in the east around 1am.
March: Rising around midnight, moving from Libra into Scorpius.
April: Rises around 11:30pm moving through Ophiuchus and Scorpius.
May: Visible throughout the night as it reaches opposition on May 22.
June: Visible most of the night in Libra
July: Still in Libra, setting after midnight.
August: Setting in the west in late evening. Visible with Saturn and the bright star Antares on August 24 & 25.
September: Sets in the west in mid-evening.
October: In Sagittarius, sets in the early evening.
November: Setting in mid-evening in Capricornus.
December: Setting in the early evening in Aquarius.


jupiter

Jupiter

January: Rising in the east in the late evening.
February: Rising in the east in the early evening.
March: Visible crossing the sky all night, opposition is on March 8.
April: Well placed for viewing nearly all night in Leo.
May: In the mid-evening sky in Leo.
June: In the western evening sky, setting after midnight.
July: Low in the western sky at sunset with Venus.
August: Low in the western sky at sunset.
September: Too close to the Sun to be seen this month.
October: Low in the eastern morning sky.
November: Low in the morning sky in Virgo
December: Rising in the east well after midnight.


saturn

Saturn

January: In the pre-dawn sky in Ophiuchus.
February: In the dawn sky in Ophiuchus.
March: Rising near midnight in Ophiuchus.
April: Rises in the late evening .
May: Rises in the late evening.
June: Visible all night crossing the sky.
July: Well placed in the evening sky in Ophiuchus.
August: In the western sky in Ophiuchus, setting after midnight.
September: Low in the southwestern sky, sets in the late evening.
October: Low in the southwestern sky at sunset and setting early.
November: Too close to the Sun for observing this month.
December: Not visible this month