Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Fairfield
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Rise21:51
Set08:17

The Moon is 16 days old, waning gibbous, and recently passed full moon. From Fairfield, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 22:39, when it reaches an altitude of 10° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 03:01, 36° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:25, 25° above your south-western horizon.

23 Jul 2021  –  Full Moon
31 Jul 2021  –  Moon at Last Quarter
08 Aug 2021  –  New Moon
15 Aug 2021  –  Moon at First Quarter
Rise05:08
Set20:00

Mercury 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 7° from it.

Rise08:25
Set21:49

Venus recently passed behind the Sun at superior solar conjunction. From Fairfield, however, it will become visible around 20:37 (EDT), 12° above your western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 28 minutes after the Sun at 21:45.

Rise07:45
Set21:27

Mars will soon pass 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 1° above the horizon at dusk.

13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
30 Nov 2022  –  Mars at perigee
08 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
12 Jan 2025  –  Mars at perigee
Rise21:30
Set08:07

Jupiter is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From Fairfield, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 22:19, when it reaches an altitude of 7° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 02:49, 36° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:25, 25° above your south-western horizon.

14 Jul 2020  –  Jupiter at opposition
19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
26 Sep 2022  –  Jupiter at opposition
03 Nov 2023  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise20:34
Set06:26

Saturn is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From Fairfield, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 21:42, when it reaches an altitude of 10° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:30, 30° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:09, 11° above your south-western horizon.

20 Jul 2020  –  Saturn at opposition
02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
14 Aug 2022  –  Saturn at opposition
27 Aug 2023  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise00:25
Set14:25

Uranus is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Fairfield, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:25 (EDT) and reaching an altitude of 43° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:25.

31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
09 Nov 2022  –  Uranus at opposition
13 Nov 2023  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise22:22
Set10:00

Neptune is currently visible as a morning object. From Fairfield, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 00:27, when it reaches an altitude of 22° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 04:11, 44° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 04:25, 44° above your southern horizon.

11 Sep 2020  –  Neptune at opposition
14 Sep 2021  –  Neptune at opposition
16 Sep 2022  –  Neptune at opposition
19 Sep 2023  –  Neptune at opposition

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