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The Abbitt Planetarium and Abbitt Observatory
at the Virginia Living Museum

Looking for the Planets in 2014? 

image of the planet MercuryMercury


December 2013:
Vanishes into the dawn twilight early in the month.

January:
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.


image of planet venusVenus

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.


image of planet marsMars

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.



image of planet jupiterJupiter

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.




image of planet saturnSaturn

December 2013: Visible in the morning sky in the east before dawn.

January: 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.

 

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