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Planet Viewing


The Sun’s closest planet is at its best this year in the dawn sky in mid- September, and in the evening sky in early April.


The brilliant morning or evening star starts 2017 in the evening sky, where it remains through mid-March. It then disappears in the Sun’s glare, but returns to view in the morning sky by late March or early April.


The Red Planet shines brightest this year in January, when it’s in the evening sky. It disappears in the Sun’s glare in early June, then climbs into the morning sky in September.


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 April, when it is brightest and is in the sky all night.


The ringed planet shines brightest this year in June, as it moves through Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer.


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