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