Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Rise10:16
Set00:45

The Moon is a 4 day-old waxing crescent, and is approaching first quarter. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 20:05 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 44° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 4 hours and 57 minutes after the Sun at 00:43.

15 Apr 2018, 21:58 EDT  –  New Moon
22 Apr 2018, 17:47 EDT  –  Moon at First Quarter
29 Apr 2018, 21:00 EDT  –  Full Moon
07 May 2018, 22:10 EDT  –  Moon at Last Quarter
Rise05:33
Set17:43

All around the world, Mercury is emerging into the morning sky as it approaches greatest elongation west. From Ashburn, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 1° above the horizon at dawn.

15 Mar 2018, 06:18 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
29 Apr 2018, 11:06 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
12 Jul 2018, 00:00 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
26 Aug 2018, 17:48 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
Rise07:35
Set21:54

Venus recently passed behind the Sun at superior solar conjunction. From Ashburn, however, it will become visible at around 20:05 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 19° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 8 minutes after the Sun at 21:54.

03 Jun 2017, 01:58 EDT  –  Venus at greatest elongation west
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
Rise01:52
Set11:17

All around the world, Mars is visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:52 (EDT) – 4 hours and 33 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 27° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 05:57.

22 May 2016, 07:10 EDT  –  Mars at opposition
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
Rise21:18
Set07:37

Jupiter 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 22:07, when it rises 7° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 02:29, 34° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:06, 14° above your south-western horizon.

07 Apr 2017, 17:28 EDT  –  Jupiter at opposition
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
Rise01:08
Set10:40

Saturn is emerging from behind the Sun. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:08 (EDT) – 5 hours and 17 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 28° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 05:53.

15 Jun 2017, 06:05 EDT  –  Saturn at opposition
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
Rise06:23
Set19:38

Uranus 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 1° from it.

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
Rise04:41
Set16:04

Neptune recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 5° above the horizon at dawn.

05 Sep 2017, 01:13 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition
07 Sep 2018, 14:12 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition
10 Sep 2019, 03:10 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition
11 Sep 2020, 16:12 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition

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