Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

From location

Ashburn
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Rise18:15
Set07:00

The Moon is 15 days old, waning gibbous, and recently passed full moon. From Ashburn, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 19:01, when it rises 10° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:00, 63° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:39, 9° above your western horizon.

12 Feb 2019  –  Moon at First Quarter
19 Feb 2019  –  Full Moon
26 Feb 2019  –  Moon at Last Quarter
06 Mar 2019  –  New Moon
Rise07:36
Set19:05

Mercury recently passed behind the Sun at superior solar conjunction. From Ashburn, however, it will become visible at around 18:08 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 11° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 16 minutes after the Sun at 19:05.

Rise04:38
Set14:20

Venus is visible as a morning object, having recently passed greatest elongation west. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:38 (EST) – 2 hours and 19 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 17° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:39.

Rise09:28
Set23:02

Mars is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 18:29 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 50° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 5 hours and 13 minutes after the Sun at 23:02.

27 Jul 2018  –  Mars at opposition
13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
08 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
15 Jan 2025  –  Mars at opposition
Rise02:46
Set12:16

Jupiter is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:46 (EST) – 4 hours and 11 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 27° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:39.

08 May 2018  –  Jupiter at opposition
10 Jun 2019  –  Jupiter at opposition
14 Jul 2020  –  Jupiter at opposition
19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise04:37
Set14:11

Saturn recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, however, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:37 (EST) – 2 hours and 20 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 15° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:24.

27 Jun 2018  –  Saturn at opposition
09 Jul 2019  –  Saturn at opposition
20 Jul 2020  –  Saturn at opposition
02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise09:22
Set22:39

Uranus will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 18:54 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 42° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 4 hours and 50 minutes after the Sun at 22:39.

23 Oct 2018  –  Uranus at opposition
28 Oct 2019  –  Uranus at opposition
31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise07:38
Set19:00

Neptune 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 14° from it.

07 Sep 2018  –  Neptune at opposition
10 Sep 2019  –  Neptune at opposition
11 Sep 2020  –  Neptune at opposition
14 Sep 2021  –  Neptune at opposition

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77.49°W
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