06/29/2016 – Ephemeris – Three planets of the evening
Ephemeris for Wednesday, June 29th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 32 minutes, setting at 9:32, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:00. The Moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 3:08 tomorrow morning.
Let’s see what the bright naked eye planets are up to. Jupiter is in the west in the evening. It will set at 12:50 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. The moon Io on the western edge of Jupiter will disappear behind the planet at 11:09 p.m. (3:09 UT, the 30th) tonight. Mars starts the evening in the southern sky. It’s above and right of its dimmer look-a-like star Antares, whose name means Rival of Mars. Mars will move due south at 10:28 p.m. and will set at 3:01 a.m. Saturn is low in the south-southeast. It’s left of Mars. Saturn will pass due south at 11:48 p.m. and will set at 4:25 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.