Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Fairfield
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Rise04:33
Set17:01

The Moon is a 26-day-old waning crescent, and is approaching new moon. From Fairfield, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:33 (EDT) – 1 hour and 10 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 9° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:23.

03 May 2021  –  Moon at Last Quarter
11 May 2021  –  New Moon
19 May 2021  –  Moon at First Quarter
26 May 2021  –  Full Moon
Rise06:32
Set21:41

Mercury is emerging into the evening sky as it approaches greatest elongation east. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 20:23 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 12° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 38 minutes after the Sun at 21:37.

Rise06:16
Set20:51

Venus recently passed behind the Sun at superior solar conjunction. From Fairfield, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 4° above the horizon at dusk.

Rise08:50
Set00:06

Mars is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 20:51 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 33° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 00:03.

13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
30 Nov 2022  –  Mars at perigee
08 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
12 Jan 2025  –  Mars at perigee
Rise02:35
Set13:12

Jupiter is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Fairfield, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:35 (EDT) – 3 hours and 8 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 26° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:23.

14 Jul 2020  –  Jupiter at opposition
19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
26 Sep 2022  –  Jupiter at opposition
03 Nov 2023  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise01:52
Set11:51

Saturn is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Fairfield, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:52 (EDT) – 3 hours and 51 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 26° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:07.

20 Jul 2020  –  Saturn at opposition
02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
14 Aug 2022  –  Saturn at opposition
27 Aug 2023  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise05:26
Set19:18

Uranus recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Fairfield, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 6° from it.

31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
09 Nov 2022  –  Uranus at opposition
13 Nov 2023  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise03:32
Set15:09

Neptune recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Fairfield, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 9° above the horizon at dawn.

11 Sep 2020  –  Neptune at opposition
14 Sep 2021  –  Neptune at opposition
16 Sep 2022  –  Neptune at opposition
19 Sep 2023  –  Neptune at opposition

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