Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Rise14:18
Set00:04

The Moon is 7 days old, waxing gibbous, and recently passed first quarter. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 20:16 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 33° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 4 hours and 5 minutes after the Sun at 00:02.

11 Aug 2018, 05:59 EDT  –  New Moon
18 Aug 2018, 03:50 EDT  –  Moon at First Quarter
26 Aug 2018, 07:58 EDT  –  Full Moon
02 Sep 2018, 22:39 EDT  –  Moon at Last Quarter
Rise05:21
Set19:05

Mercury recently passed in front of the Sun at inferior solar conjunction. From Ashburn, 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 Jul 2018, 00:00 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
26 Aug 2018, 17:48 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
06 Nov 2018, 09:59 EST  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
15 Dec 2018, 10:17 EST  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
Rise10:17
Set21:44

All around the world, Venus is visible as an evening object, having recently passed greatest elongation east. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 20:16 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 15° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 47 minutes after the Sun at 21:44.

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
13 Aug 2020, 09:03 EDT  –  Venus at greatest elongation west
Rise19:01
Set04:02

Mars is approaching opposition, and all around the world it is visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 20:16 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 10° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:29, 24° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 03:05, when it sinks to 8° above your south-western horizon.

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
15 Jan 2025, 21:32 EST  –  Mars at opposition
Rise13:02
Set23:24

All around the world, Jupiter is an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 20:16 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 28° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 27 minutes after the Sun at 23:24.

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
19 Aug 2021, 20:18 EDT  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise16:47
Set02:19

All around the world, Saturn is an early evening object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 20:28 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 26° above your southern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 21:31, 28° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 01:12, when it sinks to 10° above your south-western horizon.

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
02 Aug 2021, 02:02 EDT  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise22:38
Set12:06

Uranus is emerging from behind the Sun. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 22:38 (EDT) – 7 hours and 46 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 62° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 05:14.

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
Rise20:46
Set08:12

Neptune is approaching opposition, and all around the world it is visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 23:07, when it rises 24° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 02:31, 44° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:14, 30° above your south-western horizon.

05 Sep 2017, 01:13 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition
07 Sep 2018, 14:13 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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