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Planets Visible in the Night Sky in Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Thu, Dec 13 at 4:19 pm - Fri, Dec 14 at 7:10 am

14 hours, 51 minutes

Visible night of Dec 13 – Dec 14, 2018

Mercury: From Fri 5:21 am

Venus: From Fri 3:22 am

Mars: Until Thu 11:20 pm

Jupiter: From Fri 6:00 am

Saturn: Until Thu 5:36 pm

Uranus: Until Fri 2:48 am

Neptune: Until Thu 10:57 pm

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Tonight's Sky in Chicago, Dec 13 – Dec 14, 2018 (7 planets visible)

Mercury rise and set in Chicago

View just before sunrise.

Mercury is close to the Sun and can only be seen shortly before sunrise. Try finding a good, unobstructed view of the horizon.

Fri, Dec 14 ↑5:21 am

Dec 13, 2018
Dec 14, 2018

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Venus rise and set in Chicago

View before sunrise.

Venus can best be seen in the hours just before sunrise. Visibility deteriorates as the sky gets brighter. Venus is visible by day, but may be hard to find.

Fri, Dec 14 ↑3:22 am

Dec 13, 2018
Dec 14, 2018

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Mars rise and set in Chicago

View after sunset.

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

Thu, Dec 13 ↓11:20 pm

Dec 13, 2018
Dec 14, 2018

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Jupiter rise and set in Chicago

Fairly close to the Sun. Visible around sunrise and sunset only.

Jupiter is just 14 degrees from the Sun in the sky, so it is difficult to see.

Fri, Dec 14 ↑6:00 am

Dec 13, 2018
Dec 14, 2018

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Saturn rise and set in Chicago

Fairly close to the Sun. Visible around sunset only.

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

Thu, Dec 13 ↓5:36 pm

Dec 13, 2018
Dec 14, 2018

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Uranus rise and set in Chicago

View after sunset. Bring binoculars.

Uranus can be seen for more than 10 hours after sunset and during the late evening/early night. You may need binoculars.

Fri, Dec 14 ↓2:48 am

Dec 13, 2018
Dec 14, 2018

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Neptune rise and set in Chicago

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.

Thu, Dec 13 ↓10:57 pm

Dec 13, 2018
Dec 14, 2018

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Planets Visible in Chicago

 Planetrise/Planetset, Fri, Dec 14, 2018
PlanetRiseSetMeridianComment
MercuryFri 5:21 amFri 3:11 pmFri 10:16 amAverage visibility
VenusFri 3:22 amFri 2:04 pmFri 8:43 amGreat visibility
MarsThu 11:54 amThu 11:20 pmThu 5:36 pmAverage visibility
JupiterFri 6:00 amFri 3:25 pmFri 10:42 amSlightly difficult to see
SaturnThu 8:25 amThu 5:36 pmThu 1:00 pmDifficult to see
UranusThu 1:27 pmFri 2:48 amThu 8:07 pmAverage visibility
NeptuneThu 11:46 amThu 10:57 pmThu 5:21 pmVery difficult to see