Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Rise08:07
Set19:15

The Moon is a 1 day-old waxing crescent, and recently passed new moon. From Ashburn, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 6° from it.

19 Oct 2017, 15:13 EDTNew Moon
27 Oct 2017, 18:23 EDTMoon at First Quarter
04 Nov 2017, 01:24 EDTFull Moon
10 Nov 2017, 15:38 ESTMoon at Last Quarter
Rise08:05
Set18:42

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 7° from it.

08 Oct 2017, 16:38 EDTMercury at superior solar conjunction
22 Nov 2017, 13:20 ESTMercury at greatest brightness
24 Nov 2017, 21:22 ESTMercury at greatest elongation east
28 Nov 2017, 04:03 ESTMercury at dichotomy
Rise05:44
Set17:40

All around the world, Venus remains just about visible as a morning object, now well past greatest elongation west and returning closer to the Sun. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 05:44 (EDT) – 1 hour and 39 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 14° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 07:04.

04 Jun 2017, 02:00 EDTVenus at dichotomy
09 Jan 2018, 01:22 ESTVenus at superior solar conjunction
15 Aug 2018, 01:09 EDTVenus at dichotomy
17 Aug 2018, 03:58 EDTVenus at greatest elongation east
Rise05:00
Set17:17

Mars recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, however, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 05:00 (EDT) – 2 hours and 23 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 17° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:35.

27 Jul 2017, 21:17 EDTMars at solar conjunction
27 Jul 2018, 01:07 EDTMars at opposition
02 Sep 2019, 07:01 EDTMars at solar conjunction
13 Oct 2020, 19:19 EDTMars at opposition
Rise07:47
Set18:39

Jupiter will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 5° from it.

07 Apr 2017, 17:28 EDTJupiter at opposition
26 Oct 2017, 14:14 EDTJupiter at solar conjunction
09 May 2018, 20:28 EDTJupiter at opposition
26 Nov 2018, 01:38 ESTJupiter at solar conjunction
Rise11:57
Set21:29

Saturn will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 18:53 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 21° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 8 minutes after the Sun at 21:29.

15 Jun 2017, 06:05 EDTSaturn at opposition
21 Dec 2017, 16:12 ESTSaturn at solar conjunction
27 Jun 2018, 09:15 EDTSaturn at opposition
02 Jan 2019, 00:53 ESTSaturn at solar conjunction
Rise18:14
Set07:27

Uranus is approaching opposition, and all around the world it is visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible between 20:08 and 05:33. It will become accessible at around 20:08, when it rises 20° above your eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:52, 60° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 05:33 when it sinks to 21° above your western horizon.

19 Oct 2017, 13:21 EDTUranus at opposition
18 Apr 2018, 10:03 EDTUranus at solar conjunction
24 Oct 2018, 20:33 EDTUranus at opposition
22 Apr 2019, 19:09 EDTUranus at solar conjunction
Rise16:27
Set03:44

All around the world, Neptune is an early evening object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 19:25 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 30° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 22:04, 42° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 01:21, when it sinks to 25° above your south-western horizon.

05 Sep 2017, 01:13 EDTNeptune at opposition
04 Mar 2018, 08:56 ESTNeptune at solar conjunction
07 Sep 2018, 14:12 EDTNeptune at opposition
07 Mar 2019, 20:02 ESTNeptune at solar conjunction

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