Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Rise05:13
Set15:46

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 05:13 (EDT) – 1 hour and 21 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 11° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:18.

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
Set17:10

Mercury will soon pass behind the Sun. 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
05 Apr 2019  –  Mercury at highest altitude in morning sky
10 Apr 2019  –  Mercury at aphelion
11 Apr 2019  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
Rise05:21
Set16:15

Venus will soon pass behind the Sun. From Fairfield, however, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 05:21 (EDT) – 1 hour and 13 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 9° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:18.

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
Rise08:43
Set23:28

Mars will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 20:02 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 36° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 23:28.

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
Rise01:11
Set10:27

Jupiter is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Fairfield, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 02:07, when it reaches an altitude of 7° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 05:49, 26° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:18, 25° above your southern horizon.

26 Nov 2018  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
10 Apr 2019  –  Jupiter enters retrograde motion
10 Jun 2019  –  Jupiter at opposition
11 Aug 2019  –  Jupiter ends retrograde motion
Rise03:00
Set12:25

Saturn recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Fairfield, however, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:00 (EDT) – 3 hours and 34 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 23° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:06.

02 Jan 2019  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
29 Apr 2019  –  Saturn enters retrograde motion
09 Jul 2019  –  Saturn at opposition
18 Sep 2019  –  Saturn ends retrograde motion
Rise07:27
Set20:54

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 20° from it.

06 Jan 2019  –  Uranus ends retrograde motion
22 Apr 2019  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
11 Aug 2019  –  Uranus enters retrograde motion
28 Oct 2019  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise05:46
Set17:09

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
21 Jun 2019  –  Neptune enters retrograde motion
10 Sep 2019  –  Neptune at opposition
27 Nov 2019  –  Neptune ends retrograde motion

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