Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Ashburn
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Rise20:10
Set05:10

The Moon is 13 days old, waxing gibbous, and is approaching full moon. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 20:57 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 8° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:09, 30° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 04:19, when it sinks to 6° above your south-western horizon.

10 Jun 2019  –  Moon at First Quarter
17 Jun 2019  –  Full Moon
25 Jun 2019  –  Moon at Last Quarter
02 Jul 2019  –  New Moon
Rise07:26
Set22:20

Mercury is emerging into the evening sky as it approaches greatest elongation east. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 21:09 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 12° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 44 minutes after the Sun at 22:20.

Rise04:45
Set19:17

Venus will soon pass behind the Sun. From Ashburn, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 5° above the horizon at dawn.

Rise07:34
Set22:22

Mars will soon pass 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 8° above the horizon at dusk.

27 Jul 2018  –  Mars at opposition
13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
08 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
15 Jan 2025  –  Mars at opposition
Rise19:53
Set05:28

Jupiter is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 20:57 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 9° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:43, 28° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 04:36, when it sinks to 8° above your south-western horizon.

10 Jun 2019  –  Jupiter at opposition
14 Jul 2020  –  Jupiter at opposition
19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
26 Sep 2022  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise22:01
Set07:40

Saturn is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 23:07, when it rises 10° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 02:53, 29° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:10, 21° above your south-western horizon.

27 Jun 2018  –  Saturn at opposition
09 Jul 2019  –  Saturn at opposition
20 Jul 2020  –  Saturn at opposition
02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise02:58
Set16:29

Uranus 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 15° above the horizon at dawn.

23 Oct 2018  –  Uranus at opposition
28 Oct 2019  –  Uranus at opposition
31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise01:06
Set12:36

Neptune is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:06 (EDT) – 4 hours and 39 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 33° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 04:23.

07 Sep 2018  –  Neptune at opposition
10 Sep 2019  –  Neptune at opposition
11 Sep 2020  –  Neptune at opposition
14 Sep 2021  –  Neptune at opposition

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