Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Cambridge
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Rise13:50
Set03:12

The Moon is 10 days old, waxing gibbous, and is approaching full moon. From Cambridge, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 16:31 (EST), 28° above your eastern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:24, 53° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 02:26, when it sinks below -4° above your western horizon.

30 Nov 2022  –  Moon at First Quarter
07 Dec 2022  –  Full Moon
16 Dec 2022  –  Moon at Last Quarter
23 Dec 2022  –  New Moon
Rise08:10
Set16:52

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

Rise07:48
Set16:46

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

Rise16:13
Set07:41

Mars is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From Cambridge, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 17:12, when it reaches an altitude of 7° above your north-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:02, 72° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:34, 10° above your north-western horizon.

30 Nov 2022  –  Mars at perigee
08 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
12 Jan 2025  –  Mars at perigee
15 Jan 2025  –  Mars at opposition
Rise12:54
Set00:46

Jupiter is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Cambridge, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 16:31 (EST), 35° above your south-eastern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 18:50, 45° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 00:00, when it sinks below 7° above your western horizon.

26 Sep 2022  –  Jupiter at opposition
03 Nov 2023  –  Jupiter at opposition
07 Dec 2024  –  Jupiter at opposition
10 Jan 2026  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise11:21
Set21:26

Saturn is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Cambridge, it will become visible around 16:50 (EST), 31° above your southern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 21:25.

14 Aug 2022  –  Saturn at opposition
27 Aug 2023  –  Saturn at opposition
08 Sep 2024  –  Saturn at opposition
23 Mar 2025  –  Saturn ring plane crossing
Rise14:41
Set04:50

Uranus recently passed opposition. From Cambridge, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 17:24 (EST), 28° above your eastern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 21:45, 63° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 02:48, when it sinks below 21° above your western horizon.

09 Nov 2022  –  Uranus at opposition
13 Nov 2023  –  Uranus at opposition
16 Nov 2024  –  Uranus at opposition
21 Nov 2025  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise12:39
Set00:14

Neptune is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Cambridge, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 17:24 (EST), 41° above your southern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 18:27, 43° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 22:06, when it sinks below 21° above your south-western horizon.

16 Sep 2022  –  Neptune at opposition
19 Sep 2023  –  Neptune at opposition
20 Sep 2024  –  Neptune at opposition
23 Sep 2025  –  Neptune at opposition

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