Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

From location

Ashburn
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Rise01:31
Set14:50

The Moon is a 23-day-old waning crescent, and recently passed last quarter. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:33 (EDT) and reaching an altitude of 43° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:38.

12 Jul 2020  –  Moon at Last Quarter
20 Jul 2020  –  New Moon
20 Jul 2020  –  The Moon at perihelion
25 Jul 2020  –  The Moon at perigee
Rise04:53
Set19:11

Mercury recently passed in front of the Sun at inferior solar conjunction. From Ashburn, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 1° above the horizon at dawn.

Rise03:17
Set17:23

Venus is emerging into the morning sky as it approaches greatest elongation west. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:17 (EDT) – 2 hours and 42 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 25° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:38.

10 Jul 2020  –  Venus at aphelion
12 Aug 2020  –  Venus at dichotomy
13 Aug 2020  –  Venus at greatest elongation west
07 Sep 2020  –  Venus reaches highest point in morning sky
Rise00:14
Set12:23

Mars is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:14 (EDT) and reaching an altitude of 50° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:35.

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
Rise20:25
Set06:03

Jupiter is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible between 21:17 and 05:11. It will become accessible around 21:17, when it rises to an altitude of 7° above your south-eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 01:16, 28° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible around 05:11 when it sinks below 7° above your south-western horizon.

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
Rise20:48
Set06:37

Saturn is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 21:54, when it rises to an altitude of 9° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:45, 30° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:24, 11° above your south-western horizon.

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
Rise01:19
Set15:01

Uranus is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:19 (EDT) and reaching an altitude of 37° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:40.

26 Apr 2020  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
30 Apr 2021  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise23:15
Set10:54

Neptune is currently visible as a morning object. From Ashburn, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 23:15 (EDT) and reaching an altitude of 45° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:40.

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

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