Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Rise16:34
Set02:55

The Moon is 10 days old, waxing gibbous, and is approaching full moon. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 20:55 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 42° above your southern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 22:01, 41° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 02:08, when it sinks to 2° above your western horizon.

20 Jun 2018, 06:52 EDT  –  Moon at First Quarter
28 Jun 2018, 00:54 EDT  –  Full Moon
06 Jul 2018, 03:52 EDT  –  Moon at Last Quarter
12 Jul 2018, 22:49 EDT  –  New Moon
Rise07:07
Set22:00

Mercury recently passed behind the Sun at superior solar conjunction. From Ashburn, however, it will become visible at around 21:01 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 9° above your north-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 26 minutes after the Sun at 22:00.

29 Apr 2018, 11:06 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
12 Jul 2018, 00:00 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
26 Aug 2018, 17:48 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
06 Nov 2018, 09:59 EST  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
Rise08:50
Set23:08

All around the world, Venus is emerging into the evening sky as it approaches greatest elongation east. From Ashburn, it will become visible at around 20:55 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 23° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 34 minutes after the Sun at 23:08.

03 Jun 2017, 01:58 EDT  –  Venus at greatest elongation west
17 Aug 2018, 03:58 EDT  –  Venus at greatest elongation east
06 Jan 2019, 01:02 EST  –  Venus at greatest elongation west
24 Mar 2020, 03:31 EDT  –  Venus at greatest elongation east
Rise23:05
Set08:40

Mars is approaching opposition, and all around the world it is visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 23:58, when it rises 7° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 03:54, 28° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:22, 25° above your southern horizon.

22 May 2016, 07:10 EDT  –  Mars at opposition
27 Jul 2018, 01:07 EDT  –  Mars at opposition
13 Oct 2020, 19:19 EDT  –  Mars at opposition
08 Dec 2022, 00:35 EST  –  Mars at opposition
Rise16:33
Set03:04

All around the world, Jupiter is an early evening object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 20:55 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 34° above your southern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 21:46, 36° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 02:16, when it sinks to 8° above your south-western horizon.

08 May 2018, 20:28 EDT  –  Jupiter at opposition
10 Jun 2019, 11:17 EDT  –  Jupiter at opposition
14 Jul 2020, 03:48 EDT  –  Jupiter at opposition
19 Aug 2021, 20:18 EDT  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise20:40
Set06:15

Saturn is approaching opposition, and all around the world it is visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 21:47, when it rises 9° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:30, 28° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:09, 10° above your south-western horizon.

15 Jun 2017, 06:05 EDT  –  Saturn at opposition
27 Jun 2018, 09:15 EDT  –  Saturn at opposition
09 Jul 2019, 12:55 EDT  –  Saturn at opposition
20 Jul 2020, 18:15 EDT  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise02:20
Set15:42

Uranus recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, however, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:20 (EDT) – 3 hours and 23 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 21° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 04:21.

19 Oct 2017, 13:21 EDT  –  Uranus at opposition
23 Oct 2018, 20:33 EDT  –  Uranus at opposition
28 Oct 2019, 04:02 EDT  –  Uranus at opposition
31 Oct 2020, 11:40 EDT  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise00:32
Set11:56

Neptune is emerging from behind the Sun. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:32 (EDT) – 5 hours and 11 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 37° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 04:21.

05 Sep 2017, 01:13 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition
07 Sep 2018, 14:13 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition
10 Sep 2019, 03:10 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition
11 Sep 2020, 16:12 EDT  –  Neptune at opposition

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