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06/01/2016 – Ephemeris – There’s about to be 3 official evening planets

June 1, 2016

Ephemeris for Wednesday, June 1st.  Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 21 minutes, setting at 9:21, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:59.  The Moon, half way from last quarter to new, will rise at 4:31 tomorrow morning.

Let’s see what the bright naked eye planets are up to.  Jupiter is in the south in the early evening, moving to the southwest.  It will set at 2:34 a.m.  It’s below the stars of Leo this year.  Binoculars can make out some of Jupiter’s moons, but a telescope is required to see all four bright moons and Jupiter’s cloud features.  Mars starts the evening low in the southeast.  It’s above and right of its look-a-like star Antares, whose name means Rival of Mars.  Mars will move due south at 12:40 a.m. and will set at 5:11 a.m.  Saturn will rise at 9:11 p.m. in the east-southeast.  It’s to the left of Mars.  It will be in opposition from the Sun Friday, something I’ll explore tomorrow.

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


Looking at the planets

Evening planets

The Planets and constellations, with their boundaries for 11 p.m., June 1, 2016. Note that Mars is back in Libra. Created using Stellarium.



Jupiter and its Galilean moons at 11 p.m. June 1, 2016. Jupiter’s apparent diameter will be 37.1″. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).


Mars as it might be seen in a large telescope with high power at 11 p.m. June 1, 2016. Mars apparent diameter is 18.6″. The central meridian will be 124.75 degrees. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn and its moons

Saturn and its moons at 11 p.m. June 1, 2016. The apparent diameter of the planet will be 18.4″. The rings span 42.8″, larger than the apparent diameter of Jupiter. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Planets on a single night

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on June 1, 2016. The night ends on the left with sunrise on June 2. If you are using Firefox right-click on the image and select View Image to enlarge the image. That goes for all the large images.

Forty first anniversary program

Being Planet Wednesday I was too busy to acknowledge it, but Ephemeris is 41 years old today.  Astronomically speaking this program starts Ephemeris’ forty second trip around the Sun.  What wonders await this go round?

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