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08/03/2016 – Ephemeris – Jupiter is slipping toward the setting Sun

August 3, 2016

Ephemeris for Wednesday, August 3rd.  The Sun rises at 6:31.  It’ll be up for 14 hours and 33 minutes, setting at 9:05.  The Moon, 1 day past new, will set at 9:29 this evening.

Venus and Mercury are in the evening sky but too close to the Sun to be easily seen.  Check below for more information on the apparent interactions between the two.  Jupiter will join the fray later this month.  Jupiter is in the west in the evening.  It will set at 10:44 p.m.  Mars starts the evening in the south-southwestern sky, moving to the southwest.  It’s right of its dimmer look-a-like star Antares, whose name means Rival of Mars.  The Red Planet is back in Scorpius.  The planet will set at 1:07 a.m.  Mars is resuming its rapid eastward motion against the stars.  The ringed planet Saturn is low in the south.  It’s to the left of Mars.  Saturn will pass due south at 9:25 p.m. and will set at 2:02 a.m.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.



Planets in the west near sunset

Venus, Mercury the day old Moon (not really visible) and Jupiter at 9:25 p.m. (20 minutes after sunset), August 3, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Spotting the Moon and these planets requires a Lake Michigan horizon and may be futile.  The farther one is to the south the greater the angle that the line of planets make with the horizon.  This is not a good apparition of Mercury for us, but a good one for folks in the southern hemisphere.

Evening planets

The planets and constellations at 10 p.m., August 3, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and moons

Jupiter and its satellites at 10 p.m., August 3, 2016. It will be close to the horizon and fuzzy in telescopes. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn and its moons

Saturn and its moons at 10 p.m. August 3, 2016. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

The planets and the Moon all night

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on August 3, 2016. The night ends on the left with sunrise on August 4. Actually all the naked eye planets are in the evening sky. 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. Created using my LookingUp program.

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