06/15/2016 – Ephemeris – Three bright planets still reign in the evening sky
Ephemeris for Wednesday, June 15th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 33 minutes, setting at 9:30, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:56. The Moon, 3 days past first quarter, will set at 3:51 tomorrow morning.
Let’s see what the bright naked eye planets are up to. Jupiter is in the southwest in the early evening, moving to the west-southwest. It will set at 1:41 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 11:29 p.m. and will set at 4:02 a.m. Saturn is low in the east-southeast. It’s below and to the left of Mars. Saturn will pass due south at 12:47 a.m. and will set at 5:23 a.m. It’s a wonderful telescopic sight.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.