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08/31/2016 – Ephemeris – Two of the evening planets are easily visible, the other three, not so much

August 31, 2016

Ephemeris for Wednesday, August 31st.  The Sun will rise at 7:04.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 15 minutes, setting at 8:20.  The Moon, 1 day before new, will rise at 7:17 tomorrow morning.

Tonight we still have all the bright classical planets in the evening sky, barely.  Mercury, Jupiter and Venus are very low in the west and will set at 9:02, 9:05 and 9:13 p.m. respectively.  They are all but invisible.  Next month Mercury and Jupiter will pass the Sun to become visible in the morning sky.  Venus alone will remain in the evening sky, slowly pulling away from the Sun.  Mars, Saturn and the star Antares start the evening in the southwestern sky in a triangle, with Saturn on tip, Mars below and to the left, and Antares below and right of Mars.  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.

Addendum

Twilight planets

Looking very low in the west at 8:40 p.m., 20 minutes after sunset, August 31, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Mars and Saturn

Mars-Saturn-Antares triangle at 9:30 p.m., August 31, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn and moons

Saturn and some of its moons at 9:30 p.m. August 31, 2016. 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 31, 2016. The night ends on the left with sunrise on September 1. 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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