Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Cambridge
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Rise05:03
Set15:34

The Moon is a 26-day-old waning crescent, and is approaching new moon. From Cambridge, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 05:03 (EDT) – 1 hour and 22 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 10° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:08.

28 Mar 2019  –  Moon at Last Quarter
05 Apr 2019  –  New Moon
12 Apr 2019  –  Moon at First Quarter
19 Apr 2019  –  Full Moon
Rise05:34
Set16:59

Mercury is emerging into the morning sky as it approaches greatest elongation west. From Cambridge, 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.

Rise05:14
Set16:07

Venus remains just about visible as a morning object, now well past greatest elongation west and returning closer to the Sun. From Cambridge, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 05:13 (EDT) – 1 hour and 12 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 9° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:08.

Rise08:31
Set23:24

Mars is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Cambridge, it will become visible around 19:54 (EDT), 36° above your western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 23:22.

31 Jul 2018  –  Mars at perigee
23 Aug 2020  –  Mars 2020: a great chance to see the red planet
06 Oct 2020  –  Mars at perigee
13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
Rise01:06
Set10:14

Jupiter is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Cambridge, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 02:03, when it reaches an altitude of 7° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 05:40, 24° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:08, 24° 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
Rise02:52
Set12:09

Saturn is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Cambridge, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:51 (EDT) – 3 hours and 34 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 22° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:53.

27 Jun 2018  –  Saturn at opposition
09 Jul 2019  –  Saturn at opposition
20 Jul 2020  –  Saturn at opposition
02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise07:16
Set20:47

Uranus will soon pass 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 20° 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
Rise05:37
Set16:59

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 4° below 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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