Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

From location

Ashburn
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Rise04:34
Set14:00

The Moon is a 26-day-old waning crescent, and is approaching new moon. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:36 (EST) – 2 hours and 23 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 15° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:41.

15 Feb 2020  –  Moon at Last Quarter
21 Feb 2020  –  The Moon at perihelion
23 Feb 2020  –  New Moon
26 Feb 2020  –  The Moon at apogee
Rise07:14
Set18:52

Mercury is visible as an evening object, having recently passed greatest elongation east. From Ashburn, however, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 11° from it.

12 Feb 2020  –  Mercury at perihelion
25 Feb 2020  –  Mercury at inferior solar conjunction
18 Mar 2020  –  Mercury reaches highest point in morning sky
22 Mar 2020  –  Mercury at dichotomy
Rise08:42
Set21:25

Venus is emerging into the evening sky as it approaches greatest elongation east. From Ashburn, it will become visible around 18:08 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 36° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 35 minutes after the Sun at 21:25.

28 Nov 2019  –  Venus at aphelion
19 Mar 2020  –  Venus at perihelion
24 Mar 2020  –  Venus reaches highest point in evening sky
24 Mar 2020  –  Venus at greatest elongation east
Rise03:43
Set13:03

Mars is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:43 (EST) – 3 hours and 16 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 20° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:18.

02 Sep 2019  –  Mars at solar conjunction
03 Aug 2020  –  Mars at perihelion
06 Oct 2020  –  Mars at perigee
13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
Rise04:44
Set14:15

Jupiter recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, however, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:44 (EST) – 2 hours and 15 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 17° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:41.

27 Dec 2019  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
14 Jul 2020  –  Jupiter at opposition
28 Jan 2021  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise05:18
Set15:02

Saturn recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 10° above the horizon at dawn.

13 Jan 2020  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
20 Jul 2020  –  Saturn at opposition
23 Jan 2021  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise09:34
Set23:01

Uranus is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Ashburn, it will become visible around 18:55 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 45° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 23:01.

28 Oct 2019  –  Uranus at opposition
26 Apr 2020  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
30 Apr 2021  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
Rise07:46
Set19:13

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 16° from it.

10 Sep 2019  –  Neptune at opposition
08 Mar 2020  –  Neptune at solar conjunction
11 Sep 2020  –  Neptune at opposition
10 Mar 2021  –  Neptune at solar conjunction

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