Mercury is the planet to watch this month, as it wanes and treks away from the Sun, passing Venus and the Moon.
How to see the zodiacal light, interplanetary dust and debris that lights up when the Sun hits it at just the right angle.
While Jupiter draws farther away from Saturn, the Moon will pass the two April 6-7. Speedy Mercury will also pass by bright Venus on April 25.
This month, the old crescent Moon passes south of the pre-dawn planets from March 9-11, and Mars moseys between the Hyades and Pleiades.
While some planets spend time basking in sunlight, look for Mars’ visit with the Moon February 18.
This month, Uranus completes its retrograde loop and resumes its eastward motion in the skies, and Mercury returns to view. Here’s more on the planetary events this month.
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December’s best show comes from Saturn and Jupiter, who spend more than two weeks less than a degree apart and meet December 21 in a “Great Conjunction.”
November offers excellent opportunities to view Moon-planet pairings, as well as Mercury in the eastern pre-dawn sky.