Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Fairfield
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Rise03:27
Set13:18

The Moon is a 25-day-old waning crescent, and is approaching new moon. From Fairfield, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:28 (EST) – 3 hours and 48 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 23° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:56.

17 Jan 2020  –  Moon at Last Quarter
23 Jan 2020  –  The Moon at perihelion
24 Jan 2020  –  New Moon
29 Jan 2020  –  The Moon at apogee
Rise07:47
Set17:19

Mercury recently passed behind the Sun at superior solar conjunction. From Fairfield, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 7° from it.

Rise09:08
Set20:05

Venus is emerging into the evening sky as it approaches greatest elongation east. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 17:14 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 27° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 12 minutes after the Sun at 20:05.

28 Nov 2019  –  Venus at aphelion
19 Mar 2020  –  Venus at perihelion
24 Mar 2020  –  Venus reaches highest point in evening sky
24 Mar 2020  –  Venus at greatest elongation east
Rise03:54
Set13:16

Mars is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Fairfield, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:54 (EST) – 3 hours and 22 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 20° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:28.

02 Sep 2019  –  Mars at solar conjunction
03 Aug 2020  –  Mars at perihelion
06 Oct 2020  –  Mars at perigee
13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
Rise06:06
Set15:20

Jupiter recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Fairfield, 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.

27 Dec 2019  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
14 Jul 2020  –  Jupiter at opposition
28 Jan 2021  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise06:53
Set16:20

Saturn recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Fairfield, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 6° from it.

13 Jan 2020  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
20 Jul 2020  –  Saturn at opposition
23 Jan 2021  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise11:11
Set00:45

Uranus is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 18:04 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 60° above your southern horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 00:45.

28 Oct 2019  –  Uranus at opposition
26 Apr 2020  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
30 Apr 2021  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
Rise09:26
Set20:48

Neptune will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 18:04 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 27° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 55 minutes after the Sun at 20:48.

10 Sep 2019  –  Neptune at opposition
08 Mar 2020  –  Neptune at solar conjunction
11 Sep 2020  –  Neptune at opposition
10 Mar 2021  –  Neptune at solar conjunction

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