08/05/2015 – Ephemeris – Down to one easily visible evening planet
Ephemeris for Wednesday, August 5th. The Sun rises at 6:33. It’ll be up for 14 hours and 30 minutes, setting at 9:03. The Moon, 1 day before last quarter, will rise at 12:08 tomorrow morning.
Lets take a look at the bright planets for this week. Our evening stars Venus and Jupiter leaving the evening sky in the west. Venus will set 2 minutes after the Sun, so the only hope to spot it is before sunset, a dangerous prospect with the Sun so close. Jupiter is just too faint in the twilight to pick up. Venus is 10 days from inferior conjunction with the Sun. Saturn is in the south in the evening twilight. Saturn can be spotted just to the right of the constellation of Scorpius the scorpion and its bright red star Antares below and right of it. Even small telescopes can see Saturn’s rings. A spotting scope of 20 power magnification can show that Saturn has a ring. Antares though is star-like, scintillating like a sparkler.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
The reason I don’t discuss Mercury is that This will not be a good apparition of that planet. Apparitions (appearances) of Mercury are best seen in the evening in late winter and spring. Morning apparitions are best seen in late summer and autumn.