Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Fairfield
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Rise11:22
Set00:28

The Moon is 7 days old, waxing gibbous, and recently passed first quarter. From Fairfield, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 17:14 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 56° above your southern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 17:57, 57° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 23:45, when it sinks below 7° above your western horizon.

13 Jan 2021  –  New Moon
20 Jan 2021  –  Moon at First Quarter
21 Jan 2021  –  The Moon at apogee
28 Jan 2021  –  Full Moon
Rise08:12
Set18:23

Mercury recently passed behind the Sun at superior solar conjunction. From Fairfield, however, it will become visible around 17:17 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 11° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 31 minutes after the Sun at 18:25.

Rise06:20
Set15:34

Venus will soon pass behind the Sun. 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 dawn.

30 Oct 2020  –  Venus at perihelion
20 Feb 2021  –  Venus at aphelion
26 Mar 2021  –  Venus at superior solar conjunction
28 Mar 2021  –  Venus at greatest brightness
Rise11:10
Set01:05

Mars is currently an early evening object. From Fairfield, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 17:28 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 62° above your southern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 18:07, 63° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 00:07, when it sinks below 10° above your western horizon.

13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
12 Jul 2021  –  Mars at aphelion
20 Sep 2021  –  Mars at apogee
08 Oct 2021  –  Mars at solar conjunction
Rise07:38
Set17:24

Jupiter will soon pass 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.

14 Jul 2020  –  Jupiter at opposition
28 Jan 2021  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
05 Mar 2022  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
Rise07:26
Set17:07

Saturn will soon pass 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 2° from it.

20 Jul 2020  –  Saturn at opposition
23 Jan 2021  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
04 Feb 2022  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
Rise11:18
Set01:03

Uranus is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Fairfield, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 18:05 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 62° above your southern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 18:09, 62° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 23:00, when it sinks below 21° above your western horizon.

31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
30 Apr 2021  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
05 May 2022  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
Rise09:28
Set20:56

Neptune will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 18:05 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 29° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 20:56.

11 Sep 2020  –  Neptune at opposition
10 Mar 2021  –  Neptune at solar conjunction
14 Sep 2021  –  Neptune at opposition
13 Mar 2022  –  Neptune at solar conjunction

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