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Planet Viewing


The Sun’s closest planet is at its best this year in the dawn sky in late November and early December, and in the evening sky in late February. Mercury will move across the face of the Sun on November 11.


The brilliant planet starts 2019 as the Morning Star, shining before and during dawn twilight until July. It then disappears from view as it passes behind the Sun. It returns to view as the Evening Star in late September, and remains in the morning sky through the end of the year.


Orange Mars begins the year in the evening sky, looking like a fairly bright star. It slowly fades until it disappears behind the Sun in July, then returns to view in the morning sky in late October.


The largest planet in the solar system, and usually the brightest object in the night sky after the Moon and Venus, shines at its best in June, when it is brightest and is in the sky all night.


The ringed planet shines brightest this year in early to mid-July, as it moves through Sagittarius.


The seventh planet is at its brightest in late October, when it barely reaches naked-eye visibility. Most skywatchers will need binoculars or a telescope to spot it, however.