This is an elongation chart for the naked eye planets in 2014.
A high quality PDF version with more details is available below.
This chart shows the positions of each planet relative to the Sun (middle) all through the year. The wavy yellow line represents regions of the sky rendered invisible because of the proximity of the Sun. The shape of that wavy line explains, for example, why Mercury is easier to observe in the October morning sky than the September morning sky (even though it is further from the Sun in September).
Places where the lines intersect are events where the planets are close together in the sky (planetary conunctions). Unfortunately there are only two easy to observe conjunctions in 2014.
Dr Adrian Jannetta
Guitar strummin' explorer of the universe. Mild mannered maths teacher by day and astronomer by night.