Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Ashburn
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Rise16:48
Set08:13

The Moon is 15 days old, waning gibbous, and recently passed full moon. From Ashburn, it is visible between 17:37 and 07:25. It will become accessible around 17:37, when it rises to an altitude of 14° above your eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 00:32, 72° above your south-western horizon. It will become inaccessible around 07:25 when it sinks below -4° above your north-western horizon.

09 Jan 2022  –  Moon at First Quarter
17 Jan 2022  –  Full Moon
25 Jan 2022  –  Moon at Last Quarter
01 Feb 2022  –  New Moon
Rise07:56
Set18:13

Mercury will soon pass in front of the Sun at inferior solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 12° from it.

Rise06:10
Set16:25

Venus recently passed in front of the Sun at inferior solar conjunction. From Ashburn, however, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 06:11 (EST) – 1 hour and 13 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 8° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 07:06.

Rise05:18
Set14:39

Mars 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 11° above the horizon at dawn.

13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
30 Nov 2022  –  Mars at perigee
08 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
12 Jan 2025  –  Mars at perigee
Rise09:18
Set20:11

Jupiter will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it will become visible around 17:31 (EST), 26° above your south-western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 57 minutes after the Sun at 20:10.

19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
26 Sep 2022  –  Jupiter at opposition
03 Nov 2023  –  Jupiter at opposition
07 Dec 2024  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise08:22
Set18:29

Saturn 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 6° above the horizon at dusk.

02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
14 Aug 2022  –  Saturn at opposition
27 Aug 2023  –  Saturn at opposition
08 Sep 2024  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise12:01
Set01:45

Uranus is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 18:20 (EST), 64° above your southern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 18:53, 65° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 23:49, when it sinks below 21° above your western horizon.

04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
09 Nov 2022  –  Uranus at opposition
13 Nov 2023  –  Uranus at opposition
16 Nov 2024  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise10:00
Set21:36

Neptune will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it will become visible around 18:20 (EST), 33° above your south-western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 21:36.

14 Sep 2021  –  Neptune at opposition
16 Sep 2022  –  Neptune at opposition
19 Sep 2023  –  Neptune at opposition
20 Sep 2024  –  Neptune at opposition

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