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Planets Visible in the Night Sky in Cape Town, South Africa

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10 hours, 1 minute

Fri, Jan 22 at 7:57 pm - Sat, Jan 23 at 5:58 am

Visible tonight, Jan 22 – Jan 23, 2021

Mercury: Until Fri 8:56 pm
Venus: From Sat 4:46 am
Mars: Until Sat 12:17 am
Jupiter: Until Fri 8:14 pm
Saturn: Until Fri 8:01 pm
Uranus: Until Sat 12:20 am
Neptune: Until Fri 10:15 pm
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Tonight's Sky in Cape Town, Jan 22 – Jan 23, 2021 (6 planets visible)

Mercury rise and set in Cape Town

Fairly close to the Sun. Visible around sunset only.

Mercury is just 18 degrees from the Sun in the sky, so it is difficult to see.

Fri, Jan 22 ↓8:56 pm

Jan 22, 2021
Jan 23, 2021

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Venus rise and set in Cape Town

View just before sunrise.

Venus is close to the Sun and can only be seen shortly before sunrise. Try finding a good, unobstructed view of the horizon. Venus is visible by day, but may be hard to find.

Sat, Jan 23 ↑4:46 am

Jan 22, 2021
Jan 23, 2021

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Mars rise and set in Cape Town

View after sunset.

Mars can best be seen in the hours just after sunset. Visibility improves as the sunlight fades.

Sat, Jan 23 ↓12:17 am

Jan 22, 2021
Jan 23, 2021

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Jupiter rise and set in Cape Town

Fairly close to the Sun. Visible around sunset only.

Jupiter is just 5 degrees from the Sun in the sky, so it is difficult to see.

Fri, Jan 22 ↓8:14 pm

Jan 22, 2021
Jan 23, 2021

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Uranus rise and set in Cape Town

View after sunset. Bring binoculars.

Uranus can best be seen in the hours just after sunset. Visibility improves as the sunlight fades. You may need binoculars.

Sat, Jan 23 ↓12:20 am

Jan 22, 2021
Jan 23, 2021

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Neptune rise and set in Cape Town

View after sunset. Use binoculars.

Neptune can best be seen in the hours just after sunset. Visibility improves as the sunlight fades. Very faint, use binoculars.

Fri, Jan 22 ↓10:15 pm

Jan 22, 2021
Jan 23, 2021

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Planets Visible in Cape Town

 Planetrise/Planetset, Fri, Jan 22, 2021
PlanetRiseSetMeridianComment
MercuryFri 7:28 amFri 8:56 pmFri 2:12 pmSlightly difficult to see
VenusSat 4:46 amSat 7:02 pmSat 11:54 amFairly good visibility
MarsFri 1:36 pmSat 12:17 amFri 6:56 pmAverage visibility
JupiterFri 6:24 amFri 8:14 pmFri 1:19 pmDifficult to see
SaturnFri 6:07 amFri 8:01 pmFri 1:04 pmVery close to Sun, not visible
UranusFri 1:30 pmSat 12:20 amFri 6:55 pmDifficult to see
NeptuneFri 9:42 amFri 10:15 pmFri 3:58 pmVery difficult to see