Articles About Planets (7)
Astronomical Glossary - Terms & Definitions
What do astronomers really mean when they use those technical terms?
Altitude & Azimuth: The Horizontal Coordinate System
Learn how to use altitude (elevation) and azimuth angles to locate any object in the sky, such as stars, planets, satellites, the Sun, or the Moon.
When Mercury transits the Sun, you can see it as a tiny black dot silhouetted against the Sun's disk. The last Mercury transit was on November 11, 2019.
Transit of Venus: June 5-6, 2012
The 2012 Venus transit was the last chance to see this phenomenon for over 100 years. Mercury transits happen more often, the next one in 2032.
Jupiter and Venus Closest Conjunction of 2015
From time to time, some of the planets in our solar system are in conjunction and become visible together in the sky. Venus, Jupiter, Mars, and Mercury have all been visible in the early mornings of October 2015.
What Is a Conjunction?
The sky is full of movement. When one astronomical object appears to pass close by another, it produces a conjunction.
Great Conjunction 2020
In December 2020, Jupiter and Saturn met in the sky in a rare Great Conjunction.