The Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Washington (change)
Rise10:47
Set00:58

The Moon is a 4 day-old waxing crescent, and is approaching first quarter. From Washington, it will become visible at around 20:36 (MDT) as the dusk sky fades, 42° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 4 hours and 40 minutes after the Sun at 00:57.

26 Apr 2017, 06:17 MDTNew Moon
03 May 2017, 20:48 MDTMoon at First Quarter
10 May 2017, 15:44 MDTFull Moon
19 May 2017, 18:34 MDTMoon at Last Quarter
Rise06:02
Set18:58

Mercury recently passed in front of the Sun at inferior solar conjunction. From Washington, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is 5° below the horizon at dawn.

20 Apr 2017, 23:48 MDTMercury at inferior solar conjunction
17 May 2017, 16:58 MDTMercury at greatest elongation west
23 May 2017, 08:35 MDTMercury at dichotomy
21 Jun 2017, 04:36 MDTMercury at greatest brightness
Rise04:51
Set17:06

All around the world, Venus is emerging into the morning sky as it approaches greatest elongation west. From Washington, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:51 (MDT) – 1 hour and 48 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 16° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:20.

26 Apr 2017, 12:36 MDTVenus at greatest brightness
03 Jun 2017, 23:58 MDTVenus at greatest elongation west
04 Jun 2017, 00:00 MDTVenus at dichotomy
09 Jan 2018, 23:22 MSTVenus at superior solar conjunction
Rise08:00
Set22:29

Mars will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Washington, it will become visible at around 21:04 (MDT) as the dusk sky fades, 14° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 12 minutes after the Sun at 22:29.

22 May 2016, 05:10 MDTMars at opposition
27 Jul 2017, 19:17 MDTMars at solar conjunction
27 Jul 2018, 23:07 MDTMars at opposition
02 Sep 2019, 05:01 MDTMars at solar conjunction
Rise18:05
Set05:48

Jupiter recently passed opposition. From Washington, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 20:36 (MDT) as the dusk sky fades, 27° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:54, 48° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 05:04, when it sinks to 8° above your western horizon.

07 Apr 2017, 15:28 MDTJupiter at opposition
26 Oct 2017, 12:14 MDTJupiter at solar conjunction
09 May 2018, 18:28 MDTJupiter at opposition
26 Nov 2018, 23:38 MSTJupiter at solar conjunction
Rise23:51
Set09:38

All around the world, Saturn is visible as a morning object. From Washington, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 00:59, when it rises 9° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 04:47, 30° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:09, 28° above your southern horizon.

10 Dec 2016, 04:55 MSTSaturn at solar conjunction
15 Jun 2017, 04:05 MDTSaturn at opposition
21 Dec 2017, 14:12 MSTSaturn at solar conjunction
27 Jun 2018, 07:15 MDTSaturn at opposition
Rise06:01
Set19:03

Uranus recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Washington, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 14° from it.

14 Apr 2017, 23:33 MDTUranus at solar conjunction
19 Oct 2017, 11:21 MDTUranus at opposition
18 Apr 2018, 08:03 MDTUranus at solar conjunction
24 Oct 2018, 18:33 MDTUranus at opposition
Rise04:18
Set15:39

Neptune recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Washington, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 12° above the horizon at dawn.

02 Mar 2017, 19:46 MSTNeptune at solar conjunction
05 Sep 2017, 23:13 MDTNeptune at opposition
04 Mar 2018, 06:56 MSTNeptune at solar conjunction
07 Sep 2018, 12:12 MDTNeptune at opposition

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