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06/29/2016 – Ephemeris – Three planets of the evening

June 29, 2016

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.

Addendum

The evening planets

The evening planets and constellations at 10:30 p.m., June 29, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and its moons

Jupiter and its Galilean moons at 10:30 p.m. June 22, 2016. Jupiter’s apparent diameter will be 34.4″. Io is about to be occulted by Jupiter at 11:09 p.m. a.m. (3:09 UT, June 30th). Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Mars

Mars as it might be seen in a large telescope with high power at 10:30 p.m. June 29, 2016. Mars apparent diameter is 16.5″. The central meridian will be 226.63 degrees. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn and moons

Saturn and its moons at 10:30 p.m. June 29, 2016. The apparent diameter of the planet will be 18.2″, larger than Mars’ disk. The rings span 42.5″, larger than the apparent diameter of Jupiter. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on June 29, 2016. The night ends on the left with sunrise on June 30. 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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