Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

From location

Washington
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Rise20:53
Set08:16

The Moon is 16 days old, waning gibbous, and recently passed full moon. From Washington, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 21:37, when it rises to an altitude of 9° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 02:22, 53° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:59, 22° above your western horizon.

13 Sep 2019  –  Full Moon
21 Sep 2019  –  Moon at Last Quarter
28 Sep 2019  –  New Moon
05 Oct 2019  –  Moon at First Quarter
Rise08:03
Set20:08

Mercury recently passed behind the Sun at superior solar conjunction. From Washington, 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.

Rise07:57
Set20:07

Venus recently passed behind the Sun at superior solar conjunction. From Washington, 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.

Rise06:53
Set19:33

Mars 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 4° from it.

26 Jul 2018  –  Mars at opposition
13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
07 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
15 Jan 2025  –  Mars at opposition
Rise14:04
Set23:45

Jupiter is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Washington, it will become visible around 19:57 (MDT) as the dusk sky fades, 28° above your southern horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 23:45.

10 Jun 2019  –  Jupiter at opposition
14 Jul 2020  –  Jupiter at opposition
19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
26 Sep 2022  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise16:04
Set01:48

Saturn is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Washington, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 20:10 (MDT) as the dusk sky fades, 29° above your southern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:54, 30° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 00:42, when it sinks below 10° above your south-western horizon.

09 Jul 2019  –  Saturn at opposition
20 Jul 2020  –  Saturn at opposition
02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
14 Aug 2022  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise21:25
Set10:55

Uranus is currently visible as a morning object. From Washington, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 23:17, when it rises to an altitude of 21° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 04:12, 65° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:13, 54° above your south-western horizon.

23 Oct 2018  –  Uranus at opposition
28 Oct 2019  –  Uranus at opposition
31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise19:23
Set06:55

Neptune is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From Washington, it is visible between 21:22 and 04:56. It will become accessible around 21:22, when it rises to an altitude of 21° above your south-eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 01:11, 46° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible around 04:56 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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