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08/26/2015 – Ephemeris – Saturn in the evening and an event at the Traverse Area District Library tonight

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Wednesday, August 26th.  The Sun rises at 6:57.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 32 minutes, setting at 8:30.   The Moon, 3 days before full, will set at 4:21 tomorrow morning.

Lets take a look for the bright planets for this week.  Saturn is alone in the evening sky spotted low in the southwestern sky near the bright star Antares to its lower left.  It will set at 11:59 p.m.  Venus crossed over to the morning sky 10 days ago, and Jupiter is passing conjunction with the Sun today.  Mars is now in the morning sky climbing away from the Sun.  It’s probably too far away from the Earth and faint to spot in the morning twilight.  It will rise at 5 a.m. tomorrow.  Venus will rise at 5:50 a.m.  Tonight the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will have a summer star party at the Woodmere branch of the Traverse Area District Library starting at 8 p.m.  It starts with exploring the summer night skies with a digital sky, before viewing the real one.

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


Saturn and the Moon

Saturn and the Moon at 10 p.m. August 26, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Saturn

Saturn as seen in a telescope on August 26, 2015. In small telescopes only Titan of all the moons will be visible. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The moon as it would be seen in binoculars at 10 p.m. on August 26, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Venus and Mars

Good morning Venus, with Mars nearby. Venus is very low in the twilight with the stars and constellations of Winter at 6 a.m. August 27, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Venus

Venus through a telescope – August 27, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Sunrise and sunset skies

This is a chart showing the sunrise and sunset skies for August 26, 2015 showing the location of the planets and the Moon at that time. Created using my LookingUp program. Click on the image to enlarge.