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08/10/2016 – Ephemeris – The planets tonight

August 10, 2016

Ephemeris for Wednesday, August 10th.  The Sun rises at 6:39.  It’ll be up for 14 hours and 15 minutes, setting at 8:55.  The Moon, at first quarter today, will set at 12:55 tomorrow morning.

Today we turn from the small meteoroids that orbit the Sun that are producing the Perseid Meteor Shower to the larger members of the solar family, namely the bright planets. Venus and Mercury are very low in the west-northwest and will set at 9:44 and 9:50 p.m. respectively.  Jupiter is in the west in the evening.  It will set at 10:19 p.m.  Mars, Saturn and the star Antares start the evening in the south-southwestern sky as a tightening triangle, moving to the southwest during the evening.  Antares, whose name means Rival of Mars is below Saturn with brighter Mars to the right.  The Red Planet is back in Scorpius.  It will set at 12:46 a.m.  Mars is moving rapidly to the east against the stars.  Saturn is spectacular in telescopes, with its rings.  Saturn will set at 1:34 a.m.

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


Sunset planets

Venus, Mercury and Jupiter at 9:25 p.m. (30 minutes after sunset), August 10, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Evening planets and the Moon

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

Binocular Moon

The Moon as it might appear in binoculars tonight, August 10, 2016 at 10 p.m. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn and its moons

Saturn and its moons at 10 p.m. August 10, 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 10, 2016. The night ends on the left with sunrise on August 11. Actually all the naked eye planets are in the evening sky. Also shown is the Perseid meteor shower radiant. 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.

Also shown is the Perseid meteor shower radiant.

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