08/10/2016 – Ephemeris – The planets tonight
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.
Also shown is the Perseid meteor shower radiant.