The Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

Location

Ashburn (change)
Rise06:22
Set19:56

The Moon is a 29-day-old waning crescent, and is approaching new moon. From Ashburn, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 6° from it.

15 Aug 2017, 21:16 EDTMoon at Last Quarter
21 Aug 2017, 14:31 EDTNew Moon
29 Aug 2017, 04:14 EDTMoon at First Quarter
06 Sep 2017, 03:04 EDTFull Moon
Rise07:23
Set19:57

Mercury will soon pass in front of the Sun at inferior solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 11° from it.

30 Jul 2017, 20:24 EDTMercury at greatest elongation east
26 Aug 2017, 16:36 EDTMercury at inferior solar conjunction
12 Sep 2017, 05:11 EDTMercury at greatest elongation west
13 Sep 2017, 23:34 EDTMercury at dichotomy
Rise03:38
Set18:09

All around the world, Venus remains just about visible as a morning object, now well past greatest elongation west and returning closer to the Sun. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:38 (EDT) – 2 hours and 49 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 27° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:08.

04 Jun 2017, 02:00 EDTVenus at dichotomy
09 Jan 2018, 01:22 ESTVenus at superior solar conjunction
15 Aug 2018, 01:09 EDTVenus at dichotomy
17 Aug 2018, 03:58 EDTVenus at greatest elongation east
Rise05:45
Set19:38

Mars recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 8° from it.

27 Jul 2017, 21:17 EDTMars at solar conjunction
27 Jul 2018, 01:07 EDTMars at opposition
02 Sep 2019, 07:01 EDTMars at solar conjunction
13 Oct 2020, 19:19 EDTMars at opposition
Rise10:43
Set22:04

Jupiter will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 20:12 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 20° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 11 minutes after the Sun at 22:04.

07 Apr 2017, 17:28 EDTJupiter at opposition
26 Oct 2017, 14:14 EDTJupiter at solar conjunction
09 May 2018, 20:28 EDTJupiter at opposition
26 Nov 2018, 01:38 ESTJupiter at solar conjunction
Rise15:41
Set01:19

All around the world, Saturn is an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 20:24 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 28° above your southern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:28, 29° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 00:12, when it sinks to 10° above your south-western horizon.

15 Jun 2017, 06:05 EDTSaturn at opposition
21 Dec 2017, 16:12 ESTSaturn at solar conjunction
27 Jun 2018, 09:15 EDTSaturn at opposition
02 Jan 2019, 00:53 ESTSaturn at solar conjunction
Rise22:15
Set11:32

All around the world, Uranus is visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 00:13, when it rises 21° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 04:55, 61° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:18, 60° above your southern horizon.

14 Apr 2017, 01:33 EDTUranus at solar conjunction
19 Oct 2017, 13:21 EDTUranus at opposition
18 Apr 2018, 10:03 EDTUranus at solar conjunction
24 Oct 2018, 20:33 EDTUranus at opposition
Rise20:27
Set07:48

Neptune is approaching opposition, and all around the world it is visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 22:49, when it rises 24° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 02:09, 43° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:18, 26° above your south-western horizon.

02 Mar 2017, 21:46 ESTNeptune at solar conjunction
05 Sep 2017, 01:13 EDTNeptune at opposition
04 Mar 2018, 08:56 ESTNeptune at solar conjunction
07 Sep 2018, 14:12 EDTNeptune at opposition

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77.49°W
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