Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Fairfield
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Rise07:29
Set20:57

The Moon is a 1 day-old waxing crescent, and recently passed new moon. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 20:14 (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 20:55.

11 Aug 2018  –  New Moon
18 Aug 2018  –  Moon at First Quarter
26 Aug 2018  –  Full Moon
02 Sep 2018  –  Moon at Last Quarter
Rise05:39
Set19:16

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.

Rise09:55
Set21:39

Venus is emerging into the evening sky as it approaches greatest elongation east. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 20:14 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 14° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 45 minutes after the Sun at 21:39.

Rise19:20
Set04:05

Mars is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From Fairfield, it is visible between 20:20 and 03:05. It will become accessible around 20:20, when it rises to an altitude of 7° above your south-eastern horizon. It will reach its highest point in the sky at 23:40, 22° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible around 03:05 when it sinks below 8° above your south-western horizon.

27 Jul 2018  –  Mars at opposition
13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
08 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
15 Jan 2025  –  Mars at opposition
Rise13:10
Set23:25

Jupiter is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Fairfield, it will become visible around 20:14 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 27° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 31 minutes after the Sun at 23:25.

08 May 2018  –  Jupiter at opposition
10 Jun 2019  –  Jupiter at opposition
14 Jul 2020  –  Jupiter at opposition
19 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise17:01
Set02:21

Saturn is currently an early evening object. From Fairfield, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 20:27 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 24° above your southern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 21:39, 26° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 01:10, when it sinks below 10° above your south-western horizon.

27 Jun 2018  –  Saturn at opposition
09 Jul 2019  –  Saturn at opposition
20 Jul 2020  –  Saturn at opposition
02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise22:42
Set12:16

Uranus is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Fairfield, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 22:42 (EST) and reaching an altitude of 58° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:47.

19 Oct 2017  –  Uranus at opposition
23 Oct 2018  –  Uranus at opposition
28 Oct 2019  –  Uranus at opposition
31 Oct 2020  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise20:54
Set08:18

Neptune is currently approaching opposition and is visible as a morning object. From Fairfield, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 23:02, when it rises to an altitude of 21° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 02:38, 42° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 04:47, 34° above your south-western horizon.

05 Sep 2017  –  Neptune at opposition
07 Sep 2018  –  Neptune at opposition
10 Sep 2019  –  Neptune at opposition
11 Sep 2020  –  Neptune at opposition

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