Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Rise16:15
Set02:04

The Moon is 10 days old, waxing gibbous, and is approaching full moon. From Fairfield, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 18:14 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 19° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 21:37, 37° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 02:16, when it sinks below 7° above your south-western horizon.

23 Oct 2020  –  Moon at First Quarter
28 Oct 2020  –  The Moon at aphelion
30 Oct 2020  –  The Moon at apogee
31 Oct 2020  –  Full Moon
Rise07:09
Set17:46

Mercury recently passed in front of the Sun at inferior solar conjunction. From Fairfield, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 2° from it.

25 Oct 2020  –  Mercury at inferior solar conjunction
01 Nov 2020  –  Mercury at perihelion
08 Nov 2020  –  Mercury at dichotomy
09 Nov 2020  –  Mercury reaches highest point in morning sky
Rise04:16
Set16:38

Venus remains just about visible as a morning object, now well past greatest elongation west and returning closer to the Sun. From Fairfield, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:19 (EDT) – 3 hours and 1 minute before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 28° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 07:01.

07 Sep 2020  –  Venus reaches highest point in morning sky
30 Oct 2020  –  Venus at perihelion
20 Feb 2021  –  Venus at aphelion
26 Mar 2021  –  Venus at superior solar conjunction
Rise17:16
Set06:01

Mars is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From Fairfield, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 18:14 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 10° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:36, 53° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 05:14, when it sinks below 8° above your western horizon.

13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
12 Jul 2021  –  Mars at aphelion
20 Sep 2021  –  Mars at apogee
08 Oct 2021  –  Mars at solar conjunction
Rise13:19
Set22:37

Jupiter is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 18:14 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 26° above your southern horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 22:37.

14 Jul 2020  –  Jupiter at opposition
28 Jan 2021  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
05 Mar 2022  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
Rise13:38
Set23:05

Saturn is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 18:29 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 27° above your southern horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 23:05.

20 Jul 2020  –  Saturn at opposition
23 Jan 2021  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
04 Feb 2022  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
Rise18:02
Set07:52

Uranus is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From Fairfield, it is visible between 20:01 and 05:54. It will become accessible around 20:01, when it rises to an altitude of 21° above your eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 00:59, 62° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible around 05:54 when it sinks below 21° above your western horizon.

26 Apr 2020  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
30 Apr 2021  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise16:05
Set03:35

Neptune is currently an early evening object. From Fairfield, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 19:03 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 29° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 21:48, 43° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 01:29, when it sinks below 21° above your south-western horizon.

11 Sep 2020  –  Neptune at opposition
10 Mar 2021  –  Neptune at solar conjunction
14 Sep 2021  –  Neptune at opposition
13 Mar 2022  –  Neptune at solar conjunction

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