Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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San Diego
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Rise21:33
Set11:55

The Moon is 19 days old, waning gibbous, and is approaching last quarter. From San Diego, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 22:12, when it reaches an altitude of 8° above your north-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 04:42, 79° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:23, 65° above your western horizon.

20 Sep 2021  –  Full Moon
28 Sep 2021  –  Moon at Last Quarter
06 Oct 2021  –  New Moon
12 Oct 2021  –  Moon at First Quarter
Rise08:28
Set19:24

Mercury is visible as an evening object, having recently passed greatest elongation east. From San Diego, however, 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 dusk.

Rise10:15
Set20:39

Venus is emerging into the evening sky as it approaches greatest elongation east. From San Diego, it will become visible around 18:55 (PDT), 17° above your south-western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 52 minutes after the Sun at 20:35.

Rise06:56
Set18:50

Mars will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From San Diego, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 3° from it.

13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
30 Nov 2022  –  Mars at perigee
07 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
12 Jan 2025  –  Mars at perigee
Rise16:46
Set03:32

Jupiter recently passed opposition. From San Diego, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 18:55 (PDT), 23° above your south-eastern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 22:09, 42° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 02:49, when it sinks below 7° above your south-western horizon.

19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
26 Sep 2022  –  Jupiter at opposition
02 Nov 2023  –  Jupiter at opposition
07 Dec 2024  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise15:53
Set02:14

Saturn is currently an early evening object. From San Diego, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 19:07 (PDT), 31° above your south-eastern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 21:04, 37° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 01:15, when it sinks below 10° above your south-western horizon.

01 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
14 Aug 2022  –  Saturn at opposition
27 Aug 2023  –  Saturn at opposition
07 Sep 2024  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise20:29
Set09:58

Uranus is currently visible as a morning object. From San Diego, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 22:16, when it reaches an altitude of 20° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 03:14, 72° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:39, 53° above your western horizon.

31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
09 Nov 2022  –  Uranus at opposition
13 Nov 2023  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise18:04
Set05:46

Neptune is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From San Diego, it is visible between 19:55 and 03:56. It will become accessible around 19:55, when it rises to an altitude of 22° above your eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 23:56, 52° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible around 03:56 when it sinks below 21° above your western horizon.

14 Sep 2021  –  Neptune at opposition
16 Sep 2022  –  Neptune at opposition
19 Sep 2023  –  Neptune at opposition
20 Sep 2024  –  Neptune at opposition

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