Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Rise09:10
Set21:31

The Moon is a 4 day-old waxing crescent, and is approaching first quarter. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 18:04 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 31° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 44 minutes after the Sun at 21:30.

15 Feb 2018, 16:07 EST  –  New Moon
23 Feb 2018, 03:10 EST  –  Moon at First Quarter
01 Mar 2018, 19:53 EST  –  Full Moon
09 Mar 2018, 06:21 EST  –  Moon at Last Quarter
Rise07:10
Set17:54

Mercury recently passed behind the Sun at superior solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 2° from it.

01 Jan 2018, 19:40 EST  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
15 Mar 2018, 06:18 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
29 Apr 2018, 11:06 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
12 Jul 2018, 00:00 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
Rise07:28
Set18:36

Venus recently passed behind the Sun at superior solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 5° above the horizon at dusk.

03 Jun 2017, 01:58 EDT  –  Venus at greatest elongation west
17 Aug 2018, 03:58 EDT  –  Venus at greatest elongation east
06 Jan 2019, 01:02 EST  –  Venus at greatest elongation west
24 Mar 2020, 03:31 EDT  –  Venus at greatest elongation east
Rise02:18
Set11:51

Mars is emerging from behind the Sun. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:18 (EST) – 4 hours and 37 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 27° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:16.

22 May 2016, 07:10 EDT  –  Mars at opposition
27 Jul 2018, 01:07 EDT  –  Mars at opposition
13 Oct 2020, 19:19 EDT  –  Mars at opposition
08 Dec 2022, 00:35 EST  –  Mars at opposition
Rise00:29
Set10:38

Jupiter is emerging from behind the Sun. From Ashburn, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 01:18, when it rises 7° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 05:34, 33° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:37, 31° above your southern horizon.

07 Apr 2017, 17:28 EDT  –  Jupiter at opposition
08 May 2018, 20:28 EDT  –  Jupiter at opposition
10 Jun 2019, 11:17 EDT  –  Jupiter at opposition
14 Jul 2020, 03:48 EDT  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise03:54
Set13:24

Saturn recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, however, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:54 (EST) – 3 hours and 1 minute before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 20° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:22.

15 Jun 2017, 06:05 EDT  –  Saturn at opposition
27 Jun 2018, 09:15 EDT  –  Saturn at opposition
09 Jul 2019, 12:55 EDT  –  Saturn at opposition
20 Jul 2020, 18:15 EDT  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise09:12
Set22:18

Uranus will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 18:51 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 39° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 4 hours and 32 minutes after the Sun at 22:18.

19 Oct 2017, 13:21 EDT  –  Uranus at opposition
23 Oct 2018, 20:33 EDT  –  Uranus at opposition
28 Oct 2019, 04:02 EDT  –  Uranus at opposition
31 Oct 2020, 11:40 EDT  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise07:32
Set18:49

Neptune will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 12° from it.

05 Sep 2017, 01:13 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition
07 Sep 2018, 14:12 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition
10 Sep 2019, 03:10 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition
11 Sep 2020, 16:12 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition

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