07/15/2015 – Ephemeris – Venus and Jupiter are dipping lower in the west
Ephemeris for Wednesday, July 15th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 14 minutes, setting at 9:25. The Moon is new today, and won’t be visible. Tomorrow the Sun will rise at 6:12.
Lets take a look at the bright planets for this week. Our evening stars Venus and Jupiter are still side by side in the west by 9:45 p.m. They both will set near 10:55 p.m.. Venus’ will slide down to the Sun faster and faster in the coming weeks leaving Jupiter behind for a while. Venus will take 1 month to slide past the Sun. Jupiter though will take 6 weeks, so Venus will pass it again around August 4th when both are too close to the horizon and Sun to spot. There’s a third conjunction of these two in October in the morning sky with Mars nearby. Saturn is in the south in the evening twilight. It will pass due south at 9:55 p.m. and will set at 2:44 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.