Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Chichester
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Rise19:07
Set09:57

The Moon is 19 days old, waning gibbous, and is approaching last quarter. From Chichester, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 20:03, when it reaches an altitude of 3° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 02:41, 49° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 07:28, 22° above your western horizon.

17 Jan 2022  –  Full Moon
25 Jan 2022  –  Moon at Last Quarter
01 Feb 2022  –  New Moon
08 Feb 2022  –  Moon at First Quarter
Rise07:46
Set17:09

Mercury will soon pass in front of the Sun at inferior solar conjunction. From Chichester, it is not readily observable since it is very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 6° from it.

Rise06:09
Set15:29

Venus recently passed in front of the Sun at inferior solar conjunction. From Chichester, however, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 06:10 (GMT) – 1 hour and 41 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 9° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 07:28.

Rise05:55
Set13:42

Mars recently passed behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Chichester, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 6° above the horizon at dawn.

14 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
01 Dec 2022  –  Mars at perigee
08 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
12 Jan 2025  –  Mars at perigee
Rise09:16
Set19:36

Jupiter will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Chichester, it will become visible around 16:57 (GMT), 20° above your south-western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 1 minute after the Sun at 19:35.

20 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
26 Sep 2022  –  Jupiter at opposition
03 Nov 2023  –  Jupiter at opposition
07 Dec 2024  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise08:32
Set17:39

Saturn will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Chichester, 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 dusk.

02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
14 Aug 2022  –  Saturn at opposition
27 Aug 2023  –  Saturn at opposition
08 Sep 2024  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise11:13
Set01:50

Uranus is currently an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From Chichester, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 17:59 (GMT), 53° above your southern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 18:31, 53° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 23:26, when it sinks below 21° above your western horizon.

04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
09 Nov 2022  –  Uranus at opposition
13 Nov 2023  –  Uranus at opposition
17 Nov 2024  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise09:46
Set21:07

Neptune will soon pass behind the Sun at solar conjunction. From Chichester, it will become visible around 17:59 (GMT), 25° above your south-western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 21:07.

14 Sep 2021  –  Neptune at opposition
16 Sep 2022  –  Neptune at opposition
19 Sep 2023  –  Neptune at opposition
21 Sep 2024  –  Neptune at opposition

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