Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Ashburn
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Rise18:17
Set05:54

The Moon is 14 days old, waning gibbous, and recently passed full moon. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 18:35 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 8° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:36, 50° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 05:08, when it sinks to -4° above your western horizon.

16 Oct 2018, 14:03 EDT  –  Moon at First Quarter
24 Oct 2018, 12:47 EDT  –  Full Moon
31 Oct 2018, 12:42 EDT  –  Moon at Last Quarter
07 Nov 2018, 11:03 EST  –  New Moon
Rise09:13
Set19:05

Mercury recently passed behind the Sun at superior solar conjunction. From Ashburn, 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 dusk.

26 Aug 2018, 17:48 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
06 Nov 2018, 09:59 EST  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
15 Dec 2018, 10:17 EST  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
26 Feb 2019, 16:29 EST  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
Rise08:04
Set17:58

Venus will soon pass in front of the Sun at inferior solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is 7° below the horizon at dusk.

17 Aug 2018, 03:58 EDT  –  Venus at greatest elongation east
06 Jan 2019, 01:02 EST  –  Venus at greatest elongation west
24 Mar 2020, 03:31 EDT  –  Venus at greatest elongation east
13 Aug 2020, 09:03 EDT  –  Venus at greatest elongation west
Rise15:19
Set01:21

Mars recently passed opposition. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 18:37 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 27° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:19, 32° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 00:28, when it sinks to 8° above your south-western horizon.

27 Jul 2018, 01:07 EDT  –  Mars at opposition
13 Oct 2020, 19:19 EDT  –  Mars at opposition
08 Dec 2022, 00:35 EST  –  Mars at opposition
15 Jan 2025, 21:32 EST  –  Mars at opposition
Rise09:38
Set19:38

Jupiter will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 18:35 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 9° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 21 minutes after the Sun at 19:38.

08 May 2018, 20:28 EDT  –  Jupiter at opposition
10 Jun 2019, 11:17 EDT  –  Jupiter at opposition
14 Jul 2020, 03:48 EDT  –  Jupiter at opposition
19 Aug 2021, 20:18 EDT  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise12:34
Set22:02

All around the world, Saturn is an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 18:49 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 24° above your southern horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 45 minutes after the Sun at 22:02.

27 Jun 2018, 09:15 EDT  –  Saturn at opposition
09 Jul 2019, 12:55 EDT  –  Saturn at opposition
20 Jul 2020, 18:15 EDT  –  Saturn at opposition
02 Aug 2021, 02:02 EDT  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise18:13
Set07:36

Uranus is approaching opposition, and all around the world it is visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible between 20:07 and 05:42. It will become accessible at around 20:07, when it rises 20° above your eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:57, 62° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 05:42 when it sinks to 21° above your western horizon.

19 Oct 2017, 13:21 EDT  –  Uranus at opposition
23 Oct 2018, 20:33 EDT  –  Uranus at opposition
28 Oct 2019, 04:02 EDT  –  Uranus at opposition
31 Oct 2020, 11:40 EDT  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise16:22
Set03:44

All around the world, Neptune is an early evening object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 19:22 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 30° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 22:01, 43° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 01:40, when it sinks to 22° above your south-western horizon.

07 Sep 2018, 14:13 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition
10 Sep 2019, 03:10 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition
11 Sep 2020, 16:12 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition
14 Sep 2021, 05:07 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition

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