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08/27/2014 – Ephemeris – Where are the bright planets for this week?

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Ephemeris for Wednesday, August 27th.  The sun will rise at 6:59.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 28 minutes, setting at 8:27.   The moon, 2 days past new, will set at 9:12 this evening.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets.  Reddish Mars is in the constellation of Libra the scales, skirting below, left of Saturn in the southwest as darkness falls.  It is in conjunction with Saturn today, as it passes due south of the ringed planet.  Mars will set at 11:07 p.m.  Saturn will set at 11:23 p.m.  Saturn viewing with a telescope will suffer because it’s getting close to the horizon but it’s still possible to see those fabulous rings and its large moon Titan.  Brilliant Jupiter will rise in the east-northeast at 4:44 a.m. tomorrow, followed by the brighter Venus, which will rise at 5:37 a.m.  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.


Evening planets

Saturn and Mars in conjunction at 9:30 p.m., August 27, 2014. Created using Stellarium.


Telescopic Saturn. Do not expect to spot any other of Saturn’s moon other than Titan. 9:30 p.m., August 27, 2014.  Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

Jupiter and Venus and the rising winter constellations at 6 a.m. August 28, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Jupiter

Telescopic view of Jupiter and its 4 Galilean moons at 6 a.m. on August 28, 2014. Created using Stellarium.