Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Ashburn
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Rise21:22
Set06:20

The Moon is 15 days old, waning gibbous, and recently passed full moon. From Ashburn, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 22:14, when it rises to an altitude of 9° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:30, 30° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:39, 13° above your south-western horizon.

16 Jul 2019  –  Full Moon
24 Jul 2019  –  Moon at Last Quarter
31 Jul 2019  –  New Moon
07 Aug 2019  –  Moon at First Quarter
Rise06:41
Set20:31

Mercury will soon pass in front of the Sun at inferior solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 7° from it.

Rise05:19
Set20:06

Venus will soon pass behind the Sun. From Ashburn, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 7° from it.

Rise07:11
Set21:26

Mars will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is 0° below the horizon at dusk.

27 Jul 2018  –  Mars at opposition
13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
08 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
15 Jan 2025  –  Mars at opposition
Rise17:36
Set03:13

Jupiter recently passed opposition. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 20:52 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 25° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 22:23, 28° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 02:21, when it sinks below 7° above your south-western horizon.

10 Jun 2019  –  Jupiter at opposition
14 Jul 2020  –  Jupiter at opposition
19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
26 Sep 2022  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise19:51
Set05:28

Saturn is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 21:05 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 11° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:42, 28° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 04:21, when it sinks below 10° above your south-western horizon.

09 Jul 2019  –  Saturn at opposition
20 Jul 2020  –  Saturn at opposition
02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
14 Aug 2022  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise00:59
Set14:32

Uranus is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:59 (EDT) – 5 hours and 0 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 41° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:41.

23 Oct 2018  –  Uranus at opposition
28 Oct 2019  –  Uranus at opposition
31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise23:00
Set10:33

Neptune is currently visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 23:00 (EDT) – 6 hours and 59 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 45° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:41.

07 Sep 2018  –  Neptune at opposition
10 Sep 2019  –  Neptune at opposition
11 Sep 2020  –  Neptune at opposition
14 Sep 2021  –  Neptune at opposition

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