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08/20/2014 – Ephemeris – Where are the bright planets for this week?

August 20, 2014 2 comments

Ephemeris for Wednesday, August 20th.  The sun rises at 6:50.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 48 minutes, setting at 8:39.   The moon, 3 days past last quarter, will rise at 3:17 tomorrow morning.

Wednesday is bright planet day on Ephemeris.  Reddish Mars is on the western edge of Libra the scales, skirting below Saturn in the southwest as darkness falls.  It will set at 11:23 p.m.  Saturn will be in the southwest, above and left of Mars as darkness falls.  It will set at 11:50 p.m.  Saturn’s is still great viewing with small or large telescopes to see those fabulous rings and its large moon Titan.  Mars will pass Saturn traveling eastward next Wednesday.  Brilliant Jupiter will rise in the east-northeast at 5:03 a.m. in morning twilight, followed by the brighter Venus, which will rise 17 minutes later.  Jupiter is increasing its distance from the sun, while Venus is retreating toward the Sun from our point of view

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

Addendum

Evening planets

Mars and Saturn with the stars of the zodiac from Virgo to Sagittarius at 10 p.m. August 20, 2014. Created with Stellarium.

Saturn

Saturn and moons through a telescope on August 20, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

Jupiter, Venus and the Moon and winter stars at 6 a.m. August 21, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

The Moon

The crescent Moon as seen in binoculars at 6 a.m., August 21, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

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