Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Fairfield
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Rise07:30
Set20:58

The Moon is a 1 day-old waxing crescent, and recently passed new moon. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 20:15 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 8° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 1 minute after the Sun at 20:57.

11 Aug 2018  –  New Moon
12 Aug 2018  –  The Moon at perihelion
18 Aug 2018  –  Moon at First Quarter
23 Aug 2018  –  The Moon at apogee
Rise05:40
Set19:17

Mercury recently passed in front of the Sun at inferior solar conjunction. From Fairfield, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 7° from it.

Rise09:56
Set21:40

Venus is emerging into the evening sky as it approaches greatest elongation east. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 20:15 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 14° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 44 minutes after the Sun at 21:40.

07 Jun 2018  –  Venus reaches highest point in evening sky
15 Aug 2018  –  Venus at dichotomy
17 Aug 2018  –  Venus at greatest elongation east
05 Sep 2018  –  Venus at aphelion
Rise19:21
Set04:06

Mars is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From Fairfield, it is visible between 20:21 and 03:06. It will become accessible around 20:21, when it rises to an altitude of 7° above your south-eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 23:41, 22° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible around 03:06 when it sinks below 7° above your south-western horizon.

31 Jul 2018  –  Mars at perigee
16 Sep 2018  –  Mars at perihelion
25 Aug 2019  –  Mars at aphelion
28 Aug 2019  –  Mars at apogee
Rise13:11
Set23:26

Jupiter is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 20:15 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 27° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 30 minutes after the Sun at 23:26.

08 May 2018  –  Jupiter at opposition
26 Nov 2018  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
10 Jun 2019  –  Jupiter at opposition
27 Dec 2019  –  Jupiter at solar conjunction
Rise17:02
Set02:22

Saturn is currently an early evening object. From Fairfield, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 20:28 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 24° above your southern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 21:40, 26° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 01:11, when it sinks below 10° above your south-western horizon.

27 Jun 2018  –  Saturn at opposition
02 Jan 2019  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
09 Jul 2019  –  Saturn at opposition
13 Jan 2020  –  Saturn at solar conjunction
Rise22:43
Set12:17

Uranus is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Fairfield, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 22:43 (EST) and reaching an altitude of 58° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:48.

18 Apr 2018  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
23 Oct 2018  –  Uranus at opposition
22 Apr 2019  –  Uranus at solar conjunction
28 Oct 2019  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise20:56
Set08:19

Neptune is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From Fairfield, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 23:03, when it rises to an altitude of 21° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 02:39, 42° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 04:48, 34° above your south-western horizon.

04 Mar 2018  –  Neptune at solar conjunction
07 Sep 2018  –  Neptune at opposition
06 Mar 2019  –  Neptune at solar conjunction
10 Sep 2019  –  Neptune at opposition

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