Ephemeris for Wednesday, June 22nd. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 34 minutes, setting at 9:32, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:57. The Moon, 2 days past full, will rise at 11:03 this evening.
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 1:15 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 10:53 p.m. and will set at 3:30 a.m. Saturn is low in the east-southeast. It’s below and to the left of Mars. Saturn will pass due south at 12:18 a.m. and will set at 4:54 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.
The evening planets and constellations at 11 p.m., June 22, 2016. Created using Stellarium.
Jupiter and its Galilean moons at 11 p.m. June 22, 2016. Jupiter’s apparent diameter will be 35.0″. Io is eclipsed in Jupiter’s shadow until 12:40 a.m. (4:40 UT) where it will reappear a small distance away from the planet on Ganymede’s side. 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 22, 2016. Mars apparent diameter is 17.2″. The central meridian will be 297.51 degrees. The large feature visible is Syrtis Major. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).
Saturn and its moons at 11 p.m. June 22, 2016. The apparent diameter of the planet will be 18.3″. The rings span 42.7″, larger than the apparent diameter of Jupiter. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).
Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on June 22, 2016. The night ends on the left with sunrise on June 23. 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.