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Planet Viewing


The Sun’s closest planet is at its best this year in the dawn sky in late September and early October, and in the evening sky in the middle of April.


The brilliant morning or evening star starts 2015 in the morning sky, where it remains through mid-April. It then disappears in the Sun’s glare, but returns to view in the evening sky in August.


The Red Planet shines brightest this year in May, 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, shines at its best in early March, when it is brightest and is in the sky all night.


Shines brightest this year in late May and early June, as it moves through Ophiuchus, the serpent-bearer.


The seventh planet is at its brightest in early October, when it barely reach- es naked-eye visibility. You need very dark skies and good eyes to spot it.


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 and early September.