Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Seattle
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Rise02:05
Set09:55

The Moon is a 23-day-old waning crescent, and recently passed last quarter. From Seattle, it is visible from soon after it rises, at 02:05, until soon before it sets at 09:55.

03 Mar 2024  –  Moon at Last Quarter
10 Mar 2024  –  New Moon
16 Mar 2024  –  Moon at First Quarter
25 Mar 2024  –  Full Moon
Rise07:01
Set18:12

Mercury recently passed behind the Sun at superior solar conjunction. From Seattle, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 3° from it.

Rise05:58
Set15:42

Venus remains just about visible as a morning object, now well past greatest elongation west and returning closer to the Sun. From Seattle, however, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 3° above the horizon at dawn.

Rise05:48
Set15:14

Mars recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Seattle, 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.

12 Jan 2023  –  Mars ends retrograde motion
06 Dec 2024  –  Mars enters retrograde motion
12 Jan 2025  –  Mars at perigee
15 Jan 2025  –  Mars at opposition
Rise08:48
Set23:06

Jupiter will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Seattle, it will become visible at around 18:16 (PST), 46° above your south-western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 23:06.

30 Dec 2023  –  Jupiter ends retrograde motion
08 Oct 2024  –  Jupiter enters retrograde motion
07 Dec 2024  –  Jupiter at opposition
04 Feb 2025  –  Jupiter ends retrograde motion
Rise06:47
Set17:31

Saturn recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Seattle, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 3° from it.

04 Nov 2023  –  Saturn ends retrograde motion
29 Jun 2024  –  Saturn enters retrograde motion
07 Sep 2024  –  Saturn at opposition
15 Nov 2024  –  Saturn ends retrograde motion
Rise09:04
Set23:51

Uranus will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Seattle, it will become visible at around 19:09 (PST), 45° above your south-western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 23:51.

26 Jan 2024  –  Uranus ends retrograde motion
01 Sep 2024  –  Uranus enters retrograde motion
16 Nov 2024  –  Uranus at opposition
30 Jan 2025  –  Uranus ends retrograde motion
Rise07:17
Set19:02

Neptune will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Seattle, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 13° from it.

06 Dec 2023  –  Neptune ends retrograde motion
02 Jul 2024  –  Neptune enters retrograde motion
20 Sep 2024  –  Neptune at opposition
07 Dec 2024  –  Neptune ends retrograde motion

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47.61°N
122.33°W
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