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06/15/2016 – Ephemeris – Three bright planets still reign in the evening sky

June 15, 2016

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.

Addendum

Evening planets

The Moon and the evening planets at 11 p.m., June 15, 2016. The Moon is too small to show the crescent, but see below. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and its moons

Jupiter and its Galilean moons at 11 p.m. June 15, 2016. Jupiter’s apparent diameter will be 35.7″. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Moon tonight

The Moon as it might appear in binoculars tonight, June 15, 2016 at 11 p.m. Created using Stellarium.

Mars

Mars as it might be seen in a large telescope with high power at 11 p.m. June 15, 2016. Mars apparent diameter is 17.9″. The central meridian will be 0.45 degrees. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn

Saturn and its moons at 11 p.m. June 15, 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 15, 2016. The night ends on the left with sunrise on June 16. 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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