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Planets Visible in the Night Sky in Washington DC, USA

Night Time

10 hours, 37 minutes

Thu, Apr 18 at 7:48 pm – Fri, Apr 19 at 6:25 am

Visible tonight, Apr 18 – Apr 19, 2024

Mercury: From Fri 5:54 am
Venus: From Fri 6:02 am
Mars: From Fri 4:58 am
Jupiter: Until Thu 9:35 pm
Saturn: From Fri 4:46 am
Uranus: Until Thu 9:38 pm
Neptune: From Fri 5:15 am
Location of Washington DCLocation

April 21: Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks at Perihelion (Closest Point to Sun)

At most latitudes, you might be able to catch the faint comet this week after sunset, as the sky becomes dark. Find 12P/Pons-Brooks in our Night Sky Map. (The size and brightness of the comet has been exaggerated to show its position more clearly.)

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Tonight's Sky in Washington DC, Apr 18 – Apr 19, 2024 (7 planets visible)

Mercury rise and set in Washington DC

Very close to Sun, hard or impossible to see.

Mercury is just 11 degrees from the Sun in the sky, so it is difficult or impossible to see it.

Fri, Apr 19 ↑5:54 am

Apr 18, 2024
Apr 19, 2024

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Venus rise and set in Washington DC

Try before sunrise.

Venus rises shortly before sunrise, so it is very close to the horizon. This makes it very difficult to observe. Venus is visible by day, but may be hard to find.

Fri, Apr 19 ↑6:02 am

Apr 18, 2024
Apr 19, 2024

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Mars rise and set in Washington DC

View before sunrise.

Mars can best be seen in the hours just before sunrise. Visibility deteriorates as the sky gets brighter.

Fri, Apr 19 ↑4:58 am

Apr 18, 2024
Apr 19, 2024

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Jupiter rise and set in Washington DC

View just after sunset.

Jupiter is close to the Sun and can only be seen shortly after sunset. Try finding a good, unobstructed view of the horizon.

Thu, Apr 18 ↓9:35 pm

Apr 18, 2024
Apr 19, 2024

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Saturn rise and set in Washington DC

View before sunrise.

Saturn can best be seen in the hours just before sunrise. Visibility deteriorates as the sky gets brighter.

Fri, Apr 19 ↑4:46 am

Apr 18, 2024
Apr 19, 2024

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Uranus rise and set in Washington DC

Fairly close to the Sun. Visible only after sunset. Bring binoculars (but don't look at the Sun!).

Uranus is just 23 degrees from the Sun in the sky, so it is difficult to see. You may need binoculars, but only use them when sun is down.

Thu, Apr 18 ↓9:38 pm

Apr 18, 2024
Apr 19, 2024

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Neptune rise and set in Washington DC

Fairly close to the Sun. Visible only before sunrise and/or after sunset. Bring binoculars (but don't look at the Sun!).

Neptune is just 31 degrees from the Sun in the sky, so it is difficult to see. You may need binoculars, but only use them when sun is down.

Fri, Apr 19 ↑5:15 am

Apr 18, 2024
Apr 19, 2024

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Planets Visible in Washington DC

 Planetrise/Planetset, Thu, Apr 18, 2024
PlanetRiseSetMeridianComment
MercuryFri 5:54 amFri 6:42 pmFri 12:18 pmExtremely difficult to see
VenusFri 6:02 amFri 6:45 pmFri 12:23 pmSlightly difficult to see
MarsFri 4:58 amFri 4:34 pmFri 10:46 amAverage visibility
JupiterThu 7:34 amThu 9:35 pmThu 2:35 pmAverage visibility
SaturnFri 4:46 amFri 4:03 pmFri 10:24 amAverage visibility
UranusThu 7:33 amThu 9:38 pmThu 2:36 pmExtremely difficult to see
NeptuneFri 5:15 amFri 5:08 pmFri 11:11 amExtremely difficult to see