Planet Viewing in 2014
☿Best this year in the dawn sky around the end of October, and in the evening sky in late January to early February and again in mid-May.
♀The brilliant morning or evening star starts 2014 in the evening sky, but moves to the morning sky by mid-January, where it remains through summer. It returns to the evening sky by year’s end.
♂The Red Planet shines brightest this year in April, when it will briefly rank as the fourth-brightest object in the night sky.
♃The largest planet in the solar system, and the brightest object in the night sky after the Moon and Venus. It shines at its best in early January, when it is brightest and is in the sky all night.
♄Shines brightest this year in May, as it moves through Libra.
⛢Visible in early October; requires very dark skies and good eyes.
♆The fourth-largest planet in the solar system is so far away that you need a telescope to find it. Neptune stages its best appearance in late August.