Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

From location

Fairfield
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Rise09:38
Set00:13

The Moon is a 5 day-old waxing crescent, and is approaching first quarter. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 19:33 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 51° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 00:11.

24 Mar 2020  –  The Moon at apogee
01 Apr 2020  –  Moon at First Quarter
07 Apr 2020  –  The Moon at perigee
07 Apr 2020  –  Full Moon
Rise05:49
Set16:52

Mercury is visible as a morning object, having recently passed greatest elongation west. From Fairfield, however, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 3° above the horizon at dawn.

27 Mar 2020  –  Mercury at aphelion
04 May 2020  –  Mercury at superior solar conjunction
10 May 2020  –  Mercury at perihelion
29 May 2020  –  Mercury at dichotomy
Rise08:23
Set23:19

Venus is visible as an evening object, having recently passed greatest elongation east. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 19:33 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 40° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 23:19.

26 Mar 2020  –  Venus at dichotomy
28 Apr 2020  –  Venus at greatest brightness
03 Jun 2020  –  Venus at inferior solar conjunction
08 Jul 2020  –  Venus at greatest brightness
Rise03:45
Set13:13

Mars is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Fairfield, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:45 (EDT) – 2 hours and 57 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 18° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:04.

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
Rise03:24
Set12:50

Jupiter is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Fairfield, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:24 (EDT) – 3 hours and 18 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 22° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:24.

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
Rise03:45
Set13:23

Saturn is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Fairfield, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:45 (EDT) – 2 hours and 57 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 19° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:08.

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
Rise07:45
Set21:22

Uranus 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 10° above the horizon at dusk.

28 Oct 2019  –  Uranus at opposition
26 Apr 2020  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
30 Apr 2021  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
Rise06:00
Set17:29

Neptune recently passed 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 20° from it.

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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