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09/02/2015 – Ephemeris – Planets at either end of the night

September 2, 2015

Ephemeris for Wednesday, September 2nd.  The Sun will rise at 7:06.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 12 minutes, setting at 8:18.   The Moon, 3 days before last quarter, will rise at 10:45 this evening.

Lets 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 11:32 p.m.  The rest of the planet action has moved to the morning sky.  Mars is now climbing away from the Sun.  It’s pretty dim, rising before the start of morning twilight at 4:56 a.m. in the east-northeast.  Venus is making a grand appearance, rising at 5:12 a.m. a bit north of east.  Much dimmer Mars is to the left and a bit above Venus.  Mercury, though in the evening sky is poorly placed for viewing.  That won’t be true next month when it enters the morning sky.  Jupiter now is too close to the direction of the Sun to be seen.

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

Addendum

Saturn

Saturn with the Zodiacal constellations of Libra, Scorpius and Sagittarius as the Teapot. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Saturn

What Saturn and its moons might appear like in a telescope at 10 p.m., September 2, 2015. Small telescopes will show only the moon Titan. Created using Stellarium.

Venus and Mars

Is it a UFO? Is it an airplane’s landing lights? Nope, it’s Venus. Also visible is Mars nearby with the stars and constellations of Winter at 6 a.m. September 3, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Venus

Venus through a telescope – September 3, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Sunrise and Sunset skies

This is a chart showing the sunrise and sunset skies for September 2, 2015 showing the location of the planets and the Moon at that time. Created using my LookingUp program. Click on the image to enlarge.

Note the angle of the ecliptic to the Sun at the morning and evening horizon.  It is at a very low angle in the evening.  That’s why Mercury, though at a fairly large distance from the Sun (27º) is not really visible in the evening.  In the morning the ecliptic rises at a much steeper angle so Venus at 25.5º separation from the Sun is easily visible.  The situation will be reversed in 6 months, or right now if you travel south of the equator.

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