Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Rise01:55
Set13:49

The Moon is a 24-day-old waning crescent, and is approaching new moon. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:56 (EST) – 5 hours and 22 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 48° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:58.

10 Dec 2017, 02:53 EST  –  Moon at Last Quarter
18 Dec 2017, 01:32 EST  –  New Moon
26 Dec 2017, 04:22 EST  –  Moon at First Quarter
01 Jan 2018, 21:25 EST  –  Full Moon
Rise07:18
Set16:55

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 2° from it.

23 Nov 2017, 21:22 EST  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
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
Rise06:48
Set16:20

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 6° from it.

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
Rise03:17
Set14:10

Mars is emerging from behind the Sun. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:17 (EST) – 4 hours and 1 minute before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 30° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:28.

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
Rise04:14
Set14:41

Jupiter recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, however, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:14 (EST) – 3 hours and 4 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 25° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:58.

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
Rise07:53
Set17:23

Saturn 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 8° from it.

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
Rise13:41
Set02:50

All around the world, Uranus is an early evening object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 17:53 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 46° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:13, 59° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 00:55, when it sinks to 21° above your western horizon.

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
Rise11:58
Set23:11

All around the world, Neptune is an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 17:53 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 42° above your southern horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 6 hours and 28 minutes after the Sun at 23:11.

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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