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07/09/2014 – Ephemeris – Where are the bright planets this week?

July 9, 2014

Ephemeris for Wednesday, July 9th.  Today the sun will be up for 15 hours and 22 minutes, setting at 9:28.   The Moon, 3 days before full, will set at 4:20 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 6:07.

It’s Wednesday and once again time to locate the bright planets for this week.  Jupiter sets less than a half hour after the sun, so it’s gone for us until September mornings.  Reddish Mars is in Virgo in the southwest as darkness falls.  It’s 97 million miles (156 million km) away now, nearly 2 and a half times farther away than last April, and will set at 1:17 a.m.  Saturn will be low in the south-southwest as darkness falls, in the faint constellation of Libra the scales.  It will set at 2:34 a.m.  Saturn’s in perfect position for viewing with a small or large telescope to see those fabulous rings and its large moon Titan.  Somewhat larger telescopes can spot some smaller moons closer in.  Brilliant Venus will rise in the east at 4:09 a.m. in morning twilight.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Evening Planets

Mars, Saturn and the Moon will appear along with the brighter stars of summer at 11 p.m. on July 9, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Mars

Mars as seen through a large telescope. It appears really tiny in any other telescope. Time: 11 p.m. on July 9, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn

Saturn and some of its moons. Smaller telescopes will see only Titan, but see how many moon you can see. July 9, 11 p.m. Created using Stellarium.

oon

A binocular view of the gibbous Moon on July 9, 2014 at 11 p.m. Created using Stellarium.

Venus in the east

Venus low in the east at 5:45 a.m. July 11, 2014; roughly a half hour before sunrise. Created using Stellarium.

Venus in the east

Venus low in the east at 5:45 a.m. July 11, 2014; roughly a half hour before sunrise. Created using Stellarium.

Venus

Bright gibbous disk of Venus as seen through a telescope on July 10, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

 

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