Home > Ephemeris Program, Planets, The Moon > 06/24/2015 – Ephemeris – Jupiter and Venus inch closer while Saturn keeps its distance

06/24/2015 – Ephemeris – Jupiter and Venus inch closer while Saturn keeps its distance

June 24, 2015

Ephemeris for Wednesday, June 24th.  Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 34 minutes, setting at 9:32.   The Moon, at first quarter today, will set at 1:58 tomorrow morning and tomorrow the Sun will rise at 5:58.

Lets take a look at the bright planets for this week.  Our brilliant evening star Venus is in the west by 9:45 p.m. It will set around midnight.  Venus’ will slide down to the Sun faster and faster in the coming weeks.  It will take a bit less than 2 months.  Jupiter will appear western sky to the left of and slightly above Venus at about 10 p.m.  It will set at 12:09 a.m.  It seems to approach Venus, and now appears about 3 and a half degrees away.  That’s about three finger widths held at arm’s length.  They will cross paths in 6 days, on the 30th.  Saturn is in the southeast in evening twilight.  It will pass due south at 11:22 p.m. and will set at 4:10 a.m.  Even small telescopes can see Saturn’s rings.

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

Addendum

The Evening planets and the Moon

Jupiter and Venus converge in the west while the Moon and Saturn look on. 10:30 p.m., June 24, 2015. Created using Stellarium.  Click to enlarge.

Moon

Closeup of the Moon at 10:30 p.m. June 24, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Apparent sizes of Planets and Moon to scale

The evening planets and the Moon using the same magnification at 10:30 p.m., June 24, 2015. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts). Click on image to enlarge.

Note that over the last few Wednesdays that I’ve portrayed the planets at the same scale that Venus has been getting larger with respect to Jupiter as it approaches the Earth and Jupiter moves away.

Jupiter-Venus animation

Jupiter-Venus approach animation June 11 to July 1, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. Created using Stellarium and GIMP. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Advertisements
%d bloggers like this: