The Abbitt Planetarium and Abbitt Observatory
at the Virginia Living Museum
Looking for the Planets in 2014?
Vanishes into the dawn twilight early in the month.
Appears in the evening twilight in the west by mid-month.
February: Poor visibility this month. Might be found low in the east just before the rising Sun in the second half of the month.
March: Visible with great difficulty low in the pre-dawn eastern sky.
April: Not visible this month.
May: Returns to the early evening sky in the west just after sunset. Look for it with the Moon on the 30th.
June: Not visible this month.
July: Reappears in the dawn sky. Look for it with Venus from the 12th to the 20th.
August: Visible with difficulty low in the sunset sky late in the month.
September: Too close to the Sun to be seen this month.
October: Still hiding near the Sun.
November: Visible in the east before sunrise early in the month. This is the best chance to see Mercury in the morning in 2014.
December: Not visible this month.
December 2013: Dominates the western evening sky. Look for it with the Moon on the 5th.
January: Low in the southwestern sky after sunset during the first week of the month.
February: Extremely low in the southeastern sky before dawn.
March: Continues to remain low in the southeastern dawn sky.
April: Visible with difficulty in the eastern morning sky.
May: Remains low in the eastern morning twilight.
June: Continuing as the “Morning Star.” Look for it with the Moon on the 24th.
July: Visible with difficulty in the eastern morning sky. Look for it with the Moon on the 24th and with the Mercury on the 12th through the 20th.
August: Low in the east-northeastern morning sky. Look for it with Jupiter on the 18th.
September: Approaching the Sun, Venus will be too close to our star for observing this month.
October: Not visible this month.
November: Not visible this month.
December: Reappears low in the southwestern evening sky.
December 2013: Visible before the dawn in the eastern sky.
January: In the morning sky in the constellation Virgo, rising near midnight.
February: Rising in the late evening in the east, Mars is easily visible in the morning sky in the constellation Virgo.
March: Rising mid-evening in the constellation Virgo, Mars passes close to the bright star Spica this month.
April: Mars will be visible all evening long for most of the month. This will be the planet’s closest approach to the Earth for the next two years.
May: Well placed in the evening sky.
June: Visible and dimming in the western sky at sunset.
July: Dimming rapidly in the southwestern sky in the early evening.
August: Remains low in the western sky, setting before midnight. Look for it with Saturn during the last two weeks of the month.
September: In the western sunset sky, crossing from Libra into Scorpius.
October: Visible low in the western sky. Sets by mid-evening.
November: Visible low in the southwestern sky after sunset.
December: Visible low after sunset in the southwestern sky.
December 2013: Visible almost all night, crossing from east to west.
January: Visible most of the night.
February: Well placed for observing.
March: Dominates the mid-evening sky.
April: Visible in the western evening sky after sunset.
May: Low in the western sky at sunset, sets near midnight.
June: Too close to the Sun to be seen this month.
July: Not visible this month.
August: Reappears in the morning sky in Cancer midmonth. Look for it with Venus on the 23rd and 24th.
September: Low in the morning sky in Cancer.
October: Rises in the east-northeast well after midnight.
November: Rises in the east-northeast in the late evening.
December: Rises in the east-northeast in the mid-evening hours.
December 2013: Visible in the morning sky in the east before dawn.
Visible in the sky before dawn.
February: Rises after midnight in the constellation Libra.
March: Rises in the east around midnight and well-visible for the rest of the night.
April: Rises in the late evening in the constellation Libra.
May: Visible most of the night.
June: High in the south after sunset.
July: In the southwestern sky, setting after midnight.
August: Low in the west-southwestern sky after sunset.
September: Setting mid-evening in the west.
October: Hides behind the Sun this month.
November: Not visible this month, being too close to the Sun.
December: Visible in the morning sky in the east before dawn.