Merrillville Community Planetarium
Bringing the Universe to the Merrillville Schools and Northwest Indiana

Summer Planets

Mercury appears very low in the western sky after sunset in June. Mercury will disappear in July as it passes between the Sun and Earth on July 21st. Mercury returns to the morning predawn sky in August. Mercury looks like a small white star.

Venus cannot be seen most of the summer as passes behind the Sun as seen from Earth, called superior conjunction. Venus will disappear in the Sun’s glare by early June. Venus will return as the “evening star”. Venus looks like a bright white star.

Mars can be seen in June low in the western sky for a short time after sunset. Mars passes behind the Sun as seen from Earth and will return to the morning sky in October. Mars looks like a bright, ruddy-colored star.

Jupiter can be seen rising opposite the Sun in the southeastern sky reaching opposition on June 7th. Jupiter rises earlier throughout the summer, and can be seen in the south after sunset in August. Jupiter sets in the west by dawn in June, and by midnight in August. Jupiter looks like a bright, yellow star.

Saturn can be seen rising in the southeast after sunset in the constellation Sagittarius (the Archer), just east of the Teapot. Saturn is opposite the Sun on July 16th and is great to view! Saturn is in the western sky by dawn. Saturn follows about 2 hours behind Jupiter all summer, and sets in the west in predawn August. Saturn looks like a bright, amber-colored star.