Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Fairfield
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Rise20:24
Set10:35

The Moon is 19 days old, waning gibbous, and is approaching last quarter. From Fairfield, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 20:54, when it reaches an altitude of 7° above your north-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 03:35, 71° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:44, 46° above your western horizon.

30 Nov 2020  –  Full Moon
07 Dec 2020  –  Moon at Last Quarter
12 Dec 2020  –  The Moon at perigee
14 Dec 2020  –  New Moon
Rise06:21
Set15:53

Mercury will soon pass behind the Sun. From Fairfield, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 8° from it.

10 Nov 2020  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
15 Dec 2020  –  Mercury at aphelion
19 Dec 2020  –  Mercury at superior solar conjunction
23 Jan 2021  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
Rise04:45
Set15:03

Venus remains just about visible as a morning object, now well past greatest elongation west and returning closer to the Sun. From Fairfield, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:48 (EST) – 2 hours and 17 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 17° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:44.

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
Rise13:34
Set02:32

Mars recently passed opposition. From Fairfield, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 16:44 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 34° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:02, 55° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 01:47, when it sinks below 8° 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
Rise10:09
Set19:36

Jupiter will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 16:44 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 22° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 12 minutes after the Sun at 19:36.

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
Rise10:14
Set19:46

Saturn will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 17:02 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 22° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 22 minutes after the Sun at 19:46.

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
Rise14:25
Set04:11

Uranus recently passed opposition. From Fairfield, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 17:36 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 34° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 21:16, 62° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 02:13, 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
Rise12:31
Set23:57

Neptune is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Fairfield, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 17:36 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 42° above your southern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 18:14, 43° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 21:50, when it sinks below 22° above your south-western horizon.

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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