Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

From location

Ashburn
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Rise12:18
Set23:26

The Moon is 7 days old, waxing gibbous, and recently passed first quarter. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 17:03 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 39° above your southern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 17:52, 38° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 22:39, when it sinks to 0° above your western horizon.

07 Dec 2018, 02:22 EST  –  New Moon
15 Dec 2018, 06:51 EST  –  Moon at First Quarter
22 Dec 2018, 12:50 EST  –  Full Moon
29 Dec 2018, 04:36 EST  –  Moon at Last Quarter
Rise05:33
Set15:36

Mercury is visible as a morning object, having recently passed greatest elongation west. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 05:33 (EST) – 1 hour and 46 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 12° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:53.

06 Nov 2018, 09:59 EST  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
15 Dec 2018, 10:17 EST  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
26 Feb 2019, 16:29 EST  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
11 Apr 2019, 11:37 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
Rise03:36
Set14:27

Venus is emerging into the morning sky as it approaches greatest elongation west. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:36 (EST) – 3 hours and 43 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 31° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:59.

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
13 Aug 2020, 09:03 EDT  –  Venus at greatest elongation west
Rise12:08
Set23:39

Mars is currently an early evening object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 17:17 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 44° above your southern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 17:53, 45° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 22:42, when it sinks to 9° above your western horizon.

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
15 Jan 2025, 21:32 EST  –  Mars at opposition
Rise06:10
Set15:52

Jupiter 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 6° above the horizon at dawn.

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
19 Aug 2021, 20:18 EDT  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise08:31
Set18:00

Saturn will soon pass 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 6° above the horizon at dusk.

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
02 Aug 2021, 02:02 EDT  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise13:44
Set03:03

Uranus is currently an early evening object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 17:54 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 46° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:22, 61° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 01:09, when it sinks to 21° above your western horizon.

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
04 Nov 2021, 19:44 EDT  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise11:57
Set23:15

Neptune is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 17:54 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 43° above your southern horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 6 hours and 32 minutes after the Sun at 23:15.

07 Sep 2018, 14:13 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition
10 Sep 2019, 03:10 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition
11 Sep 2020, 16:12 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition
14 Sep 2021, 05:07 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition

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