Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Fairfield
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Rise17:11
Set06:27

The Moon is 15 days old, waning gibbous, and recently passed full moon. From Fairfield, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 17:58 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 9° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:55, 63° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 06:07, when it sinks below 7° above your western horizon.

19 Feb 2021  –  Moon at First Quarter
27 Feb 2021  –  Full Moon
28 Feb 2021  –  The Moon at aphelion
02 Mar 2021  –  The Moon at perigee
Rise05:20
Set15:30

Mercury is emerging into the morning sky as it approaches greatest elongation west. From Fairfield, 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 dawn.

Rise06:22
Set17:01

Venus will soon pass behind the Sun. From Fairfield, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 6° from it.

20 Feb 2021  –  Venus at aphelion
26 Mar 2021  –  Venus at superior solar conjunction
28 Mar 2021  –  Venus at greatest brightness
12 Jun 2021  –  Venus at perihelion
Rise09:41
Set00:24

Mars is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 18:18 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 64° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 00:27.

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
Rise05:38
Set15:43

Jupiter recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Fairfield, 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.

28 Jan 2021  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
05 Mar 2022  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
26 Sep 2022  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise05:14
Set15:03

Saturn recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Fairfield, 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 dawn.

23 Jan 2021  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
04 Feb 2022  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
14 Aug 2022  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise08:55
Set22:38

Uranus will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 18:46 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 42° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 22:38.

31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
30 Apr 2021  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
05 May 2022  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
Rise07:06
Set18:37

Neptune will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Fairfield, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 11° from it.

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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