Photos of the Sun

Saturn, Mars and Venus. The solar system with the naked eye

Saturn, Mars and Venus. The solar system with the naked eye

Three of the five visible planets appear in the photograph. Saturn at the top, Mars in the center, and Venus the brightest and closest to the sunrise.

Mars is easily located. It is distinguished by its intense reddish glow, due to the high ferric oxide content of its surface and the strong dust storms of its atmosphere. The best time to observe Mars is when it is in opposition, that is, in the opposite direction of the Sun and as close as possible to Earth. The opposition occurs every little more than two years, and that is when it looks bigger and brighter.

Saturn is the second largest planet in the Solar System and the furthest that can be seen with the naked eye. Its color is yellowish. It shines less than Venus, Jupiter and Mars if their situation is favorable. At first glance, its rings are not visible, but with binoculars its shape can be appreciated.

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