Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

From location

Cambridge
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Rise19:02
Set09:15

The Moon is 18 days old, waning gibbous, and is approaching last quarter. From Cambridge, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 19:57, when it rises to an altitude of 10° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:44, 70° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:16, 38° above your western horizon.

12 Nov 2019  –  Full Moon
19 Nov 2019  –  Moon at Last Quarter
26 Nov 2019  –  New Moon
04 Dec 2019  –  Moon at First Quarter
Rise05:46
Set16:01

Mercury recently passed in front of the Sun at inferior solar conjunction. From Cambridge, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 9° from it.

11 Nov 2019  –  Transit of Mercury
27 Nov 2019  –  Mercury reaches highest point in morning sky
28 Nov 2019  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
10 Feb 2020  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
Rise08:40
Set17:38

Venus recently passed behind the Sun at superior solar conjunction. From Cambridge, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 7° above the horizon at dusk.

Rise04:22
Set15:16

Mars recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Cambridge, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 13° above the horizon at dawn.

27 Jul 2018  –  Mars at opposition
13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
08 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
15 Jan 2025  –  Mars at opposition
Rise09:17
Set18:20

Jupiter will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Cambridge, it will become visible around 16:41 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 13° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 59 minutes after the Sun at 18:20.

10 Jun 2019  –  Jupiter at opposition
14 Jul 2020  –  Jupiter at opposition
19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
26 Sep 2022  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise10:41
Set19:52

Saturn will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Cambridge, it will become visible around 16:57 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 21° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 31 minutes after the Sun at 19:52.

09 Jul 2019  –  Saturn at opposition
20 Jul 2020  –  Saturn at opposition
02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
14 Aug 2022  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise15:22
Set05:03

Uranus is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From Cambridge, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 17:32 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 22° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 22:10, 59° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 03:03, when it sinks below 21° above your western horizon.

28 Oct 2019  –  Uranus at opposition
31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
09 Nov 2022  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise13:35
Set00:57

Neptune is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Cambridge, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 17:32 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 35° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 19:14, 41° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 22:42, when it sinks below 22° above your south-western horizon.

10 Sep 2019  –  Neptune at opposition
11 Sep 2020  –  Neptune at opposition
14 Sep 2021  –  Neptune at opposition
16 Sep 2022  –  Neptune at opposition

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