The Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Ashburn (change)
Rise11:02
Set00:08

The Moon is a 4 day-old waxing crescent, and is approaching first quarter. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 20:56 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 31° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 31 minutes after the Sun at 00:06.

24 Jun 2017, 22:32 EDTNew Moon
01 Jul 2017, 20:52 EDTMoon at First Quarter
09 Jul 2017, 00:08 EDTFull Moon
16 Jul 2017, 15:27 EDTMoon at Last Quarter
Rise06:20
Set21:19

Mercury recently passed behind the Sun at superior solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 2° above the horizon at dusk.

21 Jun 2017, 10:02 EDTMercury at superior solar conjunction
27 Jul 2017, 19:18 EDTMercury at dichotomy
30 Jul 2017, 20:24 EDTMercury at greatest elongation east
26 Aug 2017, 16:36 EDTMercury at inferior solar conjunction
Rise03:10
Set17:03

All around the world, Venus is visible as a morning object, having recently passed greatest elongation west. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:10 (EDT) – 2 hours and 35 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 24° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 05:24.

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
Rise06:24
Set21:16

Mars will soon pass 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.

22 May 2016, 07:10 EDTMars at opposition
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
Rise13:43
Set01:26

All around the world, Jupiter is an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 20:56 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 42° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 4 hours and 51 minutes after the Sun at 01:26.

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
Rise19:24
Set05:02

Saturn is approaching opposition, and all around the world it is visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 21:09 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 15° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:15, 29° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 03:56, 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
Rise01:50
Set15:03

Uranus is emerging from behind the Sun. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:50 (EDT) – 3 hours and 55 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 28° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 04:23.

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
Rise00:05
Set11:25

Neptune is emerging from behind the Sun. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:05 (EDT) – 5 hours and 40 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 39° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 04:23.

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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