Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Ashburn
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Rise07:35
Set17:06

The Moon is a 30-day-old waning crescent, and is approaching new moon. From Ashburn, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 3° from it.

04 Dec 2021  –  New Moon
10 Dec 2021  –  Moon at First Quarter
18 Dec 2021  –  Full Moon
26 Dec 2021  –  Moon at Last Quarter
Rise07:33
Set16:52

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 3° from it.

Rise10:17
Set19:33

Venus is visible as an evening object, having recently passed greatest elongation east. From Ashburn, it will become visible around 17:07 (EST), 19° above your south-western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 44 minutes after the Sun at 19:31.

Rise05:42
Set15:42

Mars recently passed 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 no higher than 6° above the horizon at dawn.

13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
30 Nov 2022  –  Mars at perigee
08 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
12 Jan 2025  –  Mars at perigee
Rise11:53
Set22:26

Jupiter is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 17:07 (EST), 36° above your southern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 17:09, 36° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 21:38, when it sinks below 7° above your south-western horizon.

19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
26 Sep 2022  –  Jupiter at opposition
03 Nov 2023  –  Jupiter at opposition
07 Dec 2024  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise11:01
Set20:59

Saturn will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it will become visible around 17:23 (EST), 29° above your southern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 21:03.

02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
14 Aug 2022  –  Saturn at opposition
27 Aug 2023  –  Saturn at opposition
08 Sep 2024  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise14:59
Set04:44

Uranus recently passed opposition. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 17:55 (EST), 32° above your eastern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 21:52, 65° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 02:49, when it sinks below 21° above your western horizon.

04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
09 Nov 2022  –  Uranus at opposition
13 Nov 2023  –  Uranus at opposition
16 Nov 2024  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise12:56
Set00:29

Neptune is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 17:55 (EST), 44° above your southern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 18:42, 45° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 22:27, when it sinks below 21° above your south-western horizon.

14 Sep 2021  –  Neptune at opposition
16 Sep 2022  –  Neptune at opposition
19 Sep 2023  –  Neptune at opposition
20 Sep 2024  –  Neptune at opposition

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