Visible planets June 2024: What planets are visible tonight?

What planets are visible tonight?

Saturn is visible in the south-eastern sky preceding sunrise. Saturn looks golden in the sky. Saturn rises about 5 hours before sunrise on June 22, 2024.

On this day, Saturn shines with a magnitude of +1.1 and is located in the zodiac constellation Aquarius, the Water Bearer.

Mars is visible low in the eastern sky preceding sunrise. Mars is seen to the lower left of Saturn. Mars looks reddish in the sky. Mars rises about 3 hours before sunrise on June 22, 2024.

On this day, Mars shines with a magnitude of +1.0 and is located in the zodiac constellation Aries, the Ram.

Jupiter is visible near the horizon in the eastern sky preceding sunrise. Jupiter is seen to the lower left of Mars. You need a clear view of the horizon to spot Jupiter. It is the brightest object in the morning sky (except the moon). Jupiter rises about an hour before sunrise on June 22, 2024.

On this day, Jupiter shines with a magnitude of -1.9 and is located in the zodiac constellation Taurus, the Bull.

Position of Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn in the eastern sky preceding sunrise in late June 2024
Position of Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn in the eastern sky preceding sunrise in late June 2024. (Image credit: Stellarium)

Mercury in June 2024

Mercury reached its superior solar conjunction on June 14, 2024. During that time, Mercury completely disappeared in the sun’s glare as it rose and set with the sun. It was impossible to observe Mercury around that time.

The superior solar conjunction of Mercury on June 14, 2024, was the transition time of Mercury from a morning object to an evening object.

Currently, Mercury is rapidly emerging from the sun’s glare. It rises and sets a few minutes later than the sun each day.

Mercury will reach a decent height above the horizon from the beginning of July 2024 and will be visible in the evening twilight .

Mercury will be visible very close to the waxing crescent moon on the evening of July 7, 2024.

Mercury will reach its greatest eastern elongation on July 22, 2024, meaning it will reach furthest from the sun (26.9°E) on our sky’s dome. It will be the best time to observe Mercury in the evening twilight in July.

Venus in June 2024

Venus reached its superior solar conjunction on June 4, 2024. During that time, Venus completely disappeared in the sun’s glare as it rose and set with the sun. It was impossible to observe Mercury around that time.

The superior solar conjunction of Venus on June 4, 2024, was the transition time of Venus from a morning object to an evening object. 

Currently, Venus is slowly emerging from the sun’s glare. However, it is too close to the sun to be visible in June and July.

Venus will reach a decent height above the horizon from the beginning of August 2024 and will be visible in the evening twilight.

Mars in June 2024

Each day in June, Mars will gain altitude in the morning sky as it rises earlier. So as the day progresses, it will be easier to spot Mars.

Mars will be visible to the lower left of Saturn in June, and as the day progresses, the separation between them will also increase.

Mars rises about four minutes earlier each day. At the beginning of June, it will rise about 2 hours and 30 minutes before sunrise, and by the end of June, it will rise about 4 hours before sunrise.

Mars will be visible very close to the waning crescent moon on the morning of July 1, 2024.

Mars will reach opposition on January 15, 2025, meaning it will be located on the opposite side of the sun on our sky’s dome. It will be the best time of the year to observe Mars, as it will be visible all night.

Jupiter in June 2024

Currently, Jupiter is slowly emerging from the sun’s glare, making it gradually easier to observe as the day progresses.

Jupiter will reach a decent height above the horizon in late June and will be visible in the morning twilight.

Jupiter will be seen to the lower left of Mars in late June, and as the day progresses, the separation between them will gradually decrease. They will meet on our sky’s dome on August 14, 2024.

Jupiter rises about four minutes earlier each day. At the beginning of June, it will rise about 30 minutes before sunrise, and by the end of June, it will rise about 2 hours before sunrise.

Jupiter will be visible very close to the waning crescent moon on the morning of July 3, 2024.

Jupiter will reach opposition on December 7, 2024, meaning it will be located on the opposite side of the sun on our sky’s dome. It will be the best time of the year to observe Jupiter, as it will be visible all night.

Saturn in June 2024

Like Mars, each day in June, Saturn will also gain altitude in the morning sky as it rises earlier. So as the day progresses, it will be easier to spot Saturn.

Saturn rises about four minutes earlier each day. At the beginning of June, it will rise about four hours before sunrise, and by the end of June, it will rise around midnight.

Saturn will be visible very close to the waning gibbous moon on the morning of June 27, 2024.

Saturn will reach opposition on September 8, 2024, meaning it will be located on the opposite side of the sun on our sky’s dome. It will be the best time of the year to observe Saturn, as it will be visible all night.

Resources

Visit the Stellarium Online for precise positions of planets from your location.

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