Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Rise05:14
Set15:37

The Moon is a 26-day-old waning crescent, and is approaching new moon. From Fairfield, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 05:28 (EDT) – 1 hour and 10 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 8° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:20.

31 Mar 2019  –  The Moon at apogee
02 Apr 2019  –  The Moon at perihelion
05 Apr 2019  –  New Moon
12 Apr 2019  –  Moon at First Quarter
Rise05:43
Set17:09

Mercury is emerging into the morning sky as it approaches greatest elongation west. From Fairfield, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 2° above the horizon at dawn.

14 Mar 2019  –  Mercury at inferior solar conjunction
09 Apr 2019  –  Mercury reaches highest point in morning sky
10 Apr 2019  –  Mercury at aphelion
11 Apr 2019  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
Rise05:22
Set16:18

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 05:23 (EDT) – 1 hour and 15 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 9° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:20.

06 Jan 2019  –  Venus at greatest elongation west
17 Apr 2019  –  Venus at aphelion
08 Aug 2019  –  Venus at perihelion
14 Aug 2019  –  Venus at superior solar conjunction
Rise08:45
Set23:31

Mars is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 20:02 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 37° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 23:31.

16 Sep 2018  –  Mars at perihelion
25 Aug 2019  –  Mars at aphelion
28 Aug 2019  –  Mars at apogee
02 Sep 2019  –  Mars at solar conjunction
Rise01:12
Set10:28

Jupiter is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Fairfield, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 02:07, when it rises to an altitude of 7° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 05:50, 26° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:20, 25° above your southern horizon.

26 Nov 2018  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
10 Jun 2019  –  Jupiter at opposition
27 Dec 2019  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
14 Jul 2020  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise02:58
Set12:23

Saturn is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Fairfield, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:58 (EDT) – 3 hours and 40 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 23° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:05.

02 Jan 2019  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
09 Jul 2019  –  Saturn at opposition
13 Jan 2020  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
20 Jul 2020  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise07:27
Set20:55

Uranus will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Fairfield, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 19° from it.

23 Oct 2018  –  Uranus at opposition
22 Apr 2019  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
28 Oct 2019  –  Uranus at opposition
26 Apr 2020  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
Rise05:46
Set17:10

Neptune recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Fairfield, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is 3° below the horizon at dawn.

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

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