Planets Visible At Night

At night which planets can we see high up in the sky.

Although Planets are far away in space, you can still see them at night if you try to look for them at the right time. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are the five brightest planets that you can see with the naked eye. The only key you need to keep in mind is that you need to know when and where to look for them. Sometimes, you can see them right after it barely gets dark but sometimes, you can only see them late at night when it�s really dark. Although they are visible for most of the nights, when they get too close to the Sun, you won�t be able to see them.

People might ask how to distinguish the planets from the stars. Planets are usually much brighter than stars and they are closer to the earth so you can see a disk rather than a tiny dot. Of those five bright planets, Saturn and Mars are the only ones that can get confused from the stars. There is a period of time called apparition, where any planet can be seen well in either the morning sky or the evening sky. The length of the apparition depends on the orbital period and the position of each planet. Apparitions can last from a few weeks to almost two years.

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