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How to keep an eye on Planets.

Hey, are you a stargazer? If yes, then this is the best place for you to gather all the information regarding how to keep an eye on planets of our Solar system. There are sometimes planets referred to as the “naked-eye planets” because they can be seen with the naked eye, i.e. there is no need for a telescope or binoculars. This blog is a one-stop solution for the visible planets that will guide you throughout the year, go on and bookmark it for later.

Planets can be seen in 2022

 

Mercury

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Mercury is the smallest planet in our solar system and the closest planet to the Sun. It takes approximately 88 Earth days to orbit around the Sun, which is the shortest of all the planets.

When is Mercury visible?

Mornings

– January 31 to March 16

– June 2 to July 3

– October 3 to 17 (Best visibility)

 

Evenings

– January 1 to January 15

– April 18 to May 10 (Best visibility).

– August 1 to September 15

– December 7 to December 31

Venus

Venus is the second planet in our solar system and the neighboring planet of Earth. It is the brightest natural object in Earth’s sky, also called a morning or evening star. Venus takes approximately 225 Earth days to orbit around the Sun.

 

When is Venus visible?

Mornings

– January 17 to August 27 (Best visibility January 29 to February 27)

 

Evenings

– December 23 to December 31

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Mars

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It is the fourth planet and the second smallest planet in our solar system. Mars is a little slower moving planet and also farther from the Sun, so it takes approximately 687 Earth days to orbit around the Sun.

 

When Mars is visible?

Mornings

– January 1 to December 7 (Best visibility December 3 to December 7)

 

Evenings

– December 8 to December 31 (Best visibility December 8 to December 9)

Jupiter

Jupiter is the fifth planet and the largest planet in our solar system. It is the third brightest object in the night sky after the Moon and Venus. Jupiter takes approximately 12 Earth years (4,333 Earth days) to orbit around the Sun.

 

When Jupiter is visible?

Mornings

– March 26 to September 25 (Best visibility August 29 to September 25)

 

Evenings

– January 1 to February 13 (Best visibility January 1 to January 9)

– September 26 to December 31 (Best visibility September 26 to October 22)

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Saturn

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Saturn is the sixth planet and the second largest planet in our solar system. It is mostly famous for its ring which is mainly composed of ice particles, a smaller amount of rocky debris, and dust. Saturn takes approximately 29 Earth years (10,756 Earth days)  to orbit around the Sun.

 

When is Saturn visible?

Mornings

– February 22 to August 13 (Best visibility July 30 to August 13)

 

Evenings

– January 1 to January 17

– August 14 to December 31 ( Best visibility August 14 to September 6)

Uranus

Uranus is the seventh planet in our solar system. It is also known as “The Bull’s Eye Planet” for its complex rings and Moons which look like a bull’s eye, and the “Ice Giant” for its cold atmosphere. It takes approximately 84 Earth years (30,687 Earth days) to orbit around the Sun.

 

When is Uranus visible?

Mornings

– May 22 to November 8 (Best visibility October 18 to November 8)

 

Evenings

– January 1 to April 18

– November 4 to December 31 (Best visibility November 9 to December 1)

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Neptune

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Neptune is the eighth and farthest planet in our solar system. It is called “The Blue Planet” as its atmosphere comprises hydrogen, helium, and methane. While methane in the upper atmosphere absorbs the red light from the Sun and reflects the blue light into space, that’s why Neptune seems to be blue. It takes approximately 165 Earth years (60,182 Earth days) to orbit around the Sun.

When is Neptune visible?

Mornings

– March 29 to September 15 (Best visibility July 19 to September 15)

Evenings

– January 1 to February 25

– September 14 to December 31 (Best visibility September 16 to November 13)

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