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Planets at a glance: May 2021

Mercury is the planet to watch this month, as it wanes and treks away from the Sun, passing Venus and the Moon.

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A diagram of Venus, April 2021. | SkyNews
Planets at a glance: April 2021

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.

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March 2021: Planets at a glance

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.

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February 2021: Planets at a glance

While some planets spend time basking in sunlight, look for Mars’ visit with the Moon February 18.

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January 2021: Planets at a glance

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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Seeing tonight’s Jupiter-Saturn conjunction

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December 2020: Planets at a glance

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 2020: Planets at a glance

November offers excellent opportunities to view Moon-planet pairings, as well as Mercury in the eastern pre-dawn sky.

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