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06/08/2016 – Ephemeris – Jupiter, Mars and Saturn rule the evening sky

June 8, 2016

Ephemeris for Wednesday, June 8th.  Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 29 minutes, setting at 9:26, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:57.  The Moon, half way from new to first quarter, will set at 12:23 tomorrow morning.

Let’s see what the bright naked eye planets are up to.  Jupiter is in the south-southwest in the early evening, moving to the west-southwest.  It will set at 2:07 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 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 11:58 p.m. and will set at 4:35 a.m.  Saturn is low in the east-southeast.  It’s below and to the left of Mars.

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


Evening planets

The Moon and the evening planets with the stars and constellations at 11 p.m., June 8, 2016. The Moon is too small to show the crescent, but see below. Created using Stellarium.

The Moon

The Moon as it might appear in binoculars tonight, June 8, 2016 at 11 p.m. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and Moons

Jupiter and its Galilean moons at 11 p.m. June 8, 2016. Jupiter’s apparent diameter will be 36.3″. Note that Callisto began a transit across the face of Jupiter at 10:59 p.m. (02:59 UT)  It will be hard to spot since the satellites appear here much brighter in relation to the planet than they actually are.  The transit will end at 2:14 a.m. (06:14 UT) just after it sets here. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Telescopic Mars

Mars as it might be seen in a large telescope with high power at 11 p.m. June 8, 2016. Mars apparent diameter is 18.3″. The central meridian will be 62.82 degrees. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn and moons

Saturn and its moons at 11 p.m. June 8, 2016. The apparent diameter of the planet will be 18.4″. The rings span 42.9″, 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 8, 2016. The night ends on the left with sunrise on June 9. 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.

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