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Planets Visible in the Night Sky in Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Night Time

10 hours, 25 minutes

Wed, Aug 17 at 8:01 pm – Thu, Aug 18 at 6:25 am

Visible tonight, Aug 17 – Aug 18, 2022

Mercury: Until Wed 9:01 pm
Venus: From Thu 4:57 am
Mars: From Thu 12:05 am
Jupiter: From Wed 9:46 pm
Saturn: Until Thu 6:11 am
Uranus: From Wed 11:29 pm
Neptune: From Wed 9:13 pm
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Tonight's Sky in Fairfax, Aug 17 – Aug 18, 2022 (7 planets visible)

Mercury rise and set in Fairfax

Try after sunset.

Mercury sets shortly after sunset, so it is very close to the horizon. This makes it very difficult to observe.

Wed, Aug 17 ↓9:01 pm

Aug 17, 2022
Aug 18, 2022

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Venus rise and set in Fairfax

View just before sunrise.

Venus is close to the Sun and can only be seen shortly before sunrise. Try finding a good, unobstructed view of the horizon. Venus is visible by day, but may be hard to find.

Thu, Aug 18 ↑4:57 am

Aug 17, 2022
Aug 18, 2022

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Mars rise and set in Fairfax

View in the early morning.

Mars can be seen for more than 6 hours during the late night/early morning and until sunrise.

Thu, Aug 18 ↑12:05 am

Aug 17, 2022
Aug 18, 2022

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Jupiter rise and set in Fairfax

View in the early morning.

Jupiter can be seen for more than 8 hours during the late night/early morning and until sunrise.

Wed, Aug 17 ↑9:46 pm

Aug 17, 2022
Aug 18, 2022

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Saturn rise and set in Fairfax

Up almost all night.

Saturn is roughly in the opposite direction of the Sun in the sky, and is, therefore, visible most of the night. This is the best time of the year to view the planet.

Thu, Aug 18 ↓6:11 am

Aug 17, 2022
Aug 18, 2022

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Uranus rise and set in Fairfax

View in the early morning. Bring binoculars.

Uranus can be seen for more than 6 hours during the late night/early morning and until sunrise. You may need binoculars.

Wed, Aug 17 ↑11:29 pm

Aug 17, 2022
Aug 18, 2022

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Neptune rise and set in Fairfax

Most of the night until sunrise. Use binoculars.

Neptune is visible during most of the night, but it is best viewed in the early morning hours and until sunrise. Very faint, use binoculars.

Wed, Aug 17 ↑9:13 pm

Aug 17, 2022
Aug 18, 2022

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Planets Visible in Fairfax

 Planetrise/Planetset, Wed, Aug 17, 2022
PlanetRiseSetMeridianComment
MercuryWed 8:33 amWed 9:01 pmWed 2:47 pmDifficult to see
VenusThu 4:57 amThu 7:12 pmThu 12:05 pmFairly good visibility
MarsThu 12:05 amThu 2:15 pmThu 7:10 amPerfect visibility
JupiterWed 9:46 pmThu 10:02 amThu 3:54 amPerfect visibility
SaturnWed 7:50 pmThu 6:11 amThu 1:00 amPerfect visibility
UranusWed 11:29 pmThu 1:27 pmThu 6:28 amAverage visibility
NeptuneWed 9:13 pmThu 8:57 amThu 3:05 amDifficult to see