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08/24/2016 – Ephemeris – Planets gather into two groups this evening

August 24, 2016

Ephemeris for Wednesday, August 24th.  The Sun rises at 6:56.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 36 minutes, setting at 8:32.  The Moon, at last quarter today, will rise at 12:31 tomorrow morning.

Tonight we still have all the bright classical planets in the evening sky, barely.  Mercury, Venus and Jupiter are very low in the west and will set at 9:08, 9:24 and 9:29 p.m. respectively.  Saturday evening, right after sunset, Venus will be passing very close to Jupiter while they are low in the west, well within a low power telescope field.  Mars, Saturn and the star Antares start the evening in the southwestern sky in a nearly perfect line.  Antares, whose name means Rival of Mars is On the bottom with brighter Mars just above it, with Saturn above.  Mars, moving rapidly to the east against the stars will set at 12:15 a.m.  Saturn, spectacular in telescopes with its rings, will set at 12:39 a.m.

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


The Planets Tonight

Jupiter, Venus, Mercury

Looking very low in the west at 9 p.m., 28 minutes after sunset, August 24, 2016. For scale, Jupiter is a bit less than 5 degrees above the horizon, Mercury a bit lass than 2. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn, Mars and Antares

Mars breaks out the Saturn-Antares lineup at 9:30 p.m., August 24, 2016. Created by Stellarium.using Stellarium.

Saturn and its moons

Saturn and some of its moons at 9:30 p.m. August 24, 2016. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Planets and Moon on a single night

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on August 24, 2016. The night ends on the left with sunrise on August 25. 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.

Mars, Antares and Saturn Last Night

Saturn, Mars and Antares

Saturn, Mars and Antares and the setting Scorpius to the right of the tree, and the Sagittarius Teapot with the Milky Way boiling out of the spout at 11:03 p.m. EDT, August 24, 2016. Credit Bob Moler from my back yard.

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