No need for the binoculars – five planets in our solar system will be bright enough to be seen with the human eye in the month of November.
At dusk/ nightfall
Throughout the month, look for Mars, Jupiter and Saturn at dusk and nightfall. The bright ‘star’ in the eastern sky will be Mars… and the bright ‘star’ in the western sky will be Jupiter. Although not as bright as its neighbor, Saturn will be seen 5 degrees to the east of Jupiter (or the width of two fingers at arm’s length).
FUN FACT: Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all known as superior planets, or planets that orbit the sun outside of Earth’s orbit.
In the morning
Venus is the brightest ‘star’ in the pre-dawn / dawn hours, outshining Mercury by a factor of 70 in the early part of the month. Mercury can be found beneath Venus, closer to the horizon, about an hour or more before sunrise. Although relatively overshadowed by Venus early, Mercury does brighten and climb higher in the sky as the month progresses.
FUN FACT: Both Venus and Mercury are known as inferior planets, or planets that orbit the sun inside of Earth’s orbit.
Fore more information on this month’s celestial events, visit Earthsky.org.