Objects in your sky: Planets

by Dominic Ford

The visibility of the planets on

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Chichester
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Rise12:31
Set00:45

The Moon is 7 days old, waxing gibbous, and recently passed first quarter. From Chichester, it will become visible around 21:44 (BST), 25° above your south-western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 28 minutes after the Sun at 00:45.

29 Jun 2022  –  New Moon
07 Jul 2022  –  Moon at First Quarter
13 Jul 2022  –  Full Moon
20 Jul 2022  –  Moon at Last Quarter
Rise04:00
Set20:27

Mercury will soon pass behind the Sun. From Chichester, it is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 3° above the horizon at dawn.

Rise03:03
Set19:04

Venus remains just about visible as a morning object, now well past greatest elongation west and returning closer to the Sun. From Chichester, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:01 (BST) – 1 hour and 53 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 11° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:27.

Rise01:08
Set14:55

Mars is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Chichester, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:08 (BST) – 3 hours and 46 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 26° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:01.

14 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
01 Dec 2022  –  Mars at perigee
08 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
12 Jan 2025  –  Mars at perigee
Rise00:23
Set12:48

Jupiter is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Chichester, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:23 (BST) and reaching an altitude of 33° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:27.

20 Aug 2021  –  Jupiter at opposition
26 Sep 2022  –  Jupiter at opposition
03 Nov 2023  –  Jupiter at opposition
07 Dec 2024  –  Jupiter at opposition
Rise23:05
Set08:43

Saturn is currently visible as a morning object. From Chichester, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 00:29, when it reaches an altitude of 10° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 03:54, 24° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 04:01, 24° above your southern horizon.

02 Aug 2021  –  Saturn at opposition
14 Aug 2022  –  Saturn at opposition
27 Aug 2023  –  Saturn at opposition
08 Sep 2024  –  Saturn at opposition
Rise01:36
Set16:37

Uranus 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 9° above the horizon at dawn.

04 Nov 2021  –  Uranus at opposition
09 Nov 2022  –  Uranus at opposition
13 Nov 2023  –  Uranus at opposition
17 Nov 2024  –  Uranus at opposition
Rise00:01
Set11:39

Neptune is currently emerging from behind the Sun. From Chichester, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:01 (BST) and reaching an altitude of 23° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 02:47.

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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