Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Cambridge
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Rise09:52
Set01:01

The Moon is a 6 day-old waxing crescent, and is approaching first quarter. From Cambridge, it will become visible around 19:50 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 61° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 01:01.

14 Apr 2021  –  The Moon at apogee
20 Apr 2021  –  Moon at First Quarter
26 Apr 2021  –  Full Moon
27 Apr 2021  –  The Moon at perigee
Rise06:00
Set19:18

Mercury recently passed behind the Sun at superior solar conjunction. From Cambridge, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 1° from it.

13 Mar 2021  –  Mercury at aphelion
18 Apr 2021  –  Mercury at superior solar conjunction
26 Apr 2021  –  Mercury at perihelion
12 May 2021  –  Mercury at dichotomy
Rise06:16
Set19:52

Venus recently passed behind the Sun at superior solar conjunction. From Cambridge, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 5° from it.

26 Mar 2021  –  Venus at superior solar conjunction
12 Jun 2021  –  Venus at perihelion
03 Oct 2021  –  Venus at aphelion
28 Oct 2021  –  Venus at dichotomy
Rise08:58
Set00:25

Mars is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Cambridge, it will become visible around 20:18 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 42° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 00:25.

13 Nov 2020  –  Mars ends retrograde motion
12 Jul 2021  –  Mars at aphelion
20 Sep 2021  –  Mars at apogee
07 Oct 2021  –  Mars at solar conjunction
Rise03:40
Set14:05

Jupiter recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Cambridge, however, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:40 (EDT) – 2 hours and 18 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 18° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:38.

28 Jan 2021  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
20 Jun 2021  –  Jupiter enters retrograde motion
19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
18 Oct 2021  –  Jupiter ends retrograde motion
Rise03:03
Set12:55

Saturn recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Cambridge, however, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:03 (EDT) – 2 hours and 55 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 20° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:22.

23 Jan 2021  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
23 May 2021  –  Saturn enters retrograde motion
02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
10 Oct 2021  –  Saturn ends retrograde motion
Rise06:30
Set20:25

Uranus will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Cambridge, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 11° from it.

14 Jan 2021  –  Uranus ends retrograde motion
30 Apr 2021  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
19 Aug 2021  –  Uranus enters retrograde motion
04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise04:43
Set16:18

Neptune recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Cambridge, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 0° above the horizon at dawn.

10 Mar 2021  –  Neptune at solar conjunction
25 Jun 2021  –  Neptune enters retrograde motion
14 Sep 2021  –  Neptune at opposition
01 Dec 2021  –  Neptune ends retrograde motion

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