Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Cambridge
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Rise23:20
Set08:49

The Moon is 18 days old, waning gibbous, and is approaching last quarter. From Cambridge, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 00:16, when it rises 10° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 04:04, 25° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:32, 24° above your southern horizon.

19 Apr 2019  –  Full Moon
26 Apr 2019  –  Moon at Last Quarter
04 May 2019  –  New Moon
11 May 2019  –  Moon at First Quarter
Rise05:07
Set17:19

Mercury is visible as a morning object, having recently passed greatest elongation west. From Cambridge, however, 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.

Rise04:51
Set16:55

Venus remains just about visible as a morning object, now well past greatest elongation west and returning closer to the Sun. From Cambridge, however, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 6° above the horizon at dawn.

Rise07:55
Set23:11

Mars is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Cambridge, it will become visible at around 20:23 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 28° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 38 minutes after the Sun at 23:11.

27 Jul 2018  –  Mars at opposition
13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
08 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
15 Jan 2025  –  Mars at opposition
Rise23:35
Set08:47

Jupiter is currently visible as a morning object. From Cambridge, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 00:36, when it rises 7° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 04:13, 24° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:32, 22° above your southern horizon.

08 May 2018  –  Jupiter at opposition
10 Jun 2019  –  Jupiter at opposition
14 Jul 2020  –  Jupiter at opposition
19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise01:27
Set10:46

Saturn is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Cambridge, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:27 (EDT) – 4 hours and 25 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 24° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 05:17.

27 Jun 2018  –  Saturn at opposition
09 Jul 2019  –  Saturn at opposition
20 Jul 2020  –  Saturn at opposition
02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise05:52
Set19:27

Uranus recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Cambridge, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 1° from it.

23 Oct 2018  –  Uranus at opposition
28 Oct 2019  –  Uranus at opposition
31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise04:13
Set15:36

Neptune recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Cambridge, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 3° above the horizon at dawn.

07 Sep 2018  –  Neptune at opposition
10 Sep 2019  –  Neptune at opposition
11 Sep 2020  –  Neptune at opposition
14 Sep 2021  –  Neptune at opposition

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