Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Fairfield
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Rise16:53
Set03:27

The Moon is 11 days old, waxing gibbous, and is approaching full moon. From Fairfield, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 20:41 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 34° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 22:26, 39° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 02:40, when it sinks below 7° above your western horizon.

29 May 2020  –  Moon at First Quarter
02 Jun 2020  –  The Moon at perigee
05 Jun 2020  –  Full Moon
06 Jun 2020  –  The Moon at aphelion
Rise06:52
Set22:13

Mercury is visible as an evening object, having recently passed greatest elongation east. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 20:58 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 11° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 54 minutes after the Sun at 22:13.

29 May 2020  –  Mercury at dichotomy
03 Jun 2020  –  Mercury reaches highest point in evening sky
04 Jun 2020  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
22 Jun 2020  –  Mercury at aphelion
Rise05:26
Set20:29

Venus will soon pass in front of the Sun at inferior solar conjunction. From Fairfield, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 1° from it.

28 Apr 2020  –  Venus at greatest brightness
03 Jun 2020  –  Venus at inferior solar conjunction
08 Jul 2020  –  Venus at greatest brightness
10 Jul 2020  –  Venus at aphelion
Rise01:39
Set12:43

Mars is currently visible as a morning object. From Fairfield, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:39 (EDT) – 3 hours and 45 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 30° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:50.

02 Sep 2019  –  Mars at solar conjunction
03 Aug 2020  –  Mars at perihelion
06 Oct 2020  –  Mars at perigee
13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
Rise23:14
Set08:47

Jupiter is currently visible as a morning object. From Fairfield, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 00:12, when it rises to an altitude of 7° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 04:03, 27° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:03, 26° above your southern horizon.

27 Dec 2019  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
14 Jul 2020  –  Jupiter at opposition
28 Jan 2021  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise23:30
Set09:12

Saturn is currently visible as a morning object. From Fairfield, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 00:43, when it rises to an altitude of 10° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 04:23, 28° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 04:47, 28° above your southern horizon.

13 Jan 2020  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
20 Jul 2020  –  Saturn at opposition
23 Jan 2021  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise03:39
Set17:25

Uranus 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 2° above the horizon at dawn.

26 Apr 2020  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
30 Apr 2021  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise01:49
Set13:22

Neptune is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Fairfield, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:49 (EDT) – 3 hours and 35 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 22° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:00.

08 Mar 2020  –  Neptune at solar conjunction
11 Sep 2020  –  Neptune at opposition
10 Mar 2021  –  Neptune at solar conjunction
14 Sep 2021  –  Neptune at opposition

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