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Planets Visible in the Night Sky in San Francisco, California, USA

Night Time

14 hours, 17 minutes

Sat, Dec 2 at 4:50 pm – Sun, Dec 3 at 7:08 am

Visible tonight, Dec 2 – Dec 3, 2023

Mercury: Until Sat 6:06 pm
Venus: From Sun 3:35 am
Mars: From Sun 6:48 am
Jupiter: Until Sun 4:24 am
Saturn: Until Sat 11:00 pm
Uranus: Until Sun 5:32 am
Neptune: Until Sun 12:58 am
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Tonight's Sky in San Francisco, Dec 2 – Dec 3, 2023 (7 planets visible)

Mercury rise and set in San Francisco

View just after sunset.

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

Sat, Dec 2 ↓6:06 pm

Dec 2, 2023
Dec 3, 2023

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Venus rise and set in San Francisco

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.

Sun, Dec 3 ↑3:35 am

Dec 2, 2023
Dec 3, 2023

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Mars rise and set in San Francisco

Very close to Sun, hard or impossible to see.

Mars is just 4 degrees from the Sun in the sky, so it is difficult or impossible to see it.

Sun, Dec 3 ↑6:48 am

Dec 2, 2023
Dec 3, 2023

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Jupiter rise and set in San Francisco

After sunset and most of the night.

Jupiter is visible during most of the night, but it is best viewed in the late evening hours after sunset.

Sun, Dec 3 ↓4:24 am

Dec 2, 2023
Dec 3, 2023

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Saturn rise and set in San Francisco

View after sunset.

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

Sat, Dec 2 ↓11:00 pm

Dec 2, 2023
Dec 3, 2023

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Uranus rise and set in San Francisco

After sunset and most of the night. Bring binoculars.

Uranus is visible during most of the night, but it is best viewed in the late evening hours after sunset. You may need binoculars.

Sun, Dec 3 ↓5:32 am

Dec 2, 2023
Dec 3, 2023

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Neptune rise and set in San Francisco

View after sunset. Use binoculars.

Neptune can be seen for more than 8 hours after sunset and during the late evening/early night. Very faint, use binoculars.

Sun, Dec 3 ↓12:58 am

Dec 2, 2023
Dec 3, 2023

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Planets Visible in San Francisco

 Planetrise/Planetset, Sat, Dec 2, 2023
PlanetRiseSetMeridianComment
MercurySat 8:54 amSat 6:06 pmSat 1:30 pmAverage visibility
VenusSun 3:35 amSun 2:45 pmSun 9:10 amGood visibility
MarsSun 6:48 amSun 4:30 pmSun 11:39 amExtremely difficult to see
JupiterSat 3:00 pmSun 4:24 amSat 9:42 pmPerfect visibility
SaturnSat 12:16 pmSat 11:00 pmSat 5:38 pmAverage visibility
UranusSat 3:35 pmSun 5:32 amSat 10:33 pmAverage visibility
NeptuneSat 1:14 pmSun 12:58 amSat 7:06 pmDifficult to see