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08/17/2016 – Ephemeris – Two groups of evening planets are visible

August 17, 2016

Ephemeris for Wednesday, August 17th.  The Sun rises at 6:48.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 56 minutes, setting at 8:44.  The Moon, 1 day before full, will set at 7:01 tomorrow morning.

Tonight we still have all the bright classical planets in the evening sky.  Mercury, Venus and Jupiter are very low in the west and will set at 9:32, 9:34 and 9:51 p.m. respectively.  Jupiter is above Mercury with Venus to the right or Mercury in the evening twilight.  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 and closing in on Antares.  In 6 days Mars will pass just above Antares with Saturn above all in a nearly straight line.  Mars, moving rapidly to the east against the stars will set at 12:30 a.m.  Saturn, is spectacular in telescopes, with its rings.  It will set at 1:06 a.m.

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


Twilight planets

Venus, Mercury and Jupiter at 9:18 p.m. (30 minutes after sunset), August 17, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Southern evening planets

The planets, and Moon at 10 p.m., August 17, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn and its moons

Saturn and some of its moons at 10 p.m. August 17, 2016. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Binocular moon

The Moon as it might appear in binoculars tonight, August 17, 2016 at 10 p.m. Tonight the Moon is only a bit more than 7 hours from being full.  Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Planets on a single night

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on August 17, 2016. The night ends on the left with sunrise on August 18. 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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