09/14/2016 – Ephemeris – Then there were four… Evening planets that is.
Ephemeris for Wednesday, September 14th. The Sun will rise at 7:21. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 33 minutes, setting at 7:54. The Moon, 2 days before full, will set at 5:49 tomorrow morning.
Tonight we have only four of the bright classical planets in the evening sky. Mercury crossed into the morning sky Monday, Jupiter will follow shortly. Jupiter is impossible to spot being very close to the direction of the Sun. We are left with Venus, Saturn and Mars. Venus is briefly visible after sunset, low in the west. It will set at 8:52 p.m., following the Sun’s earlier setting times. Mars, Saturn and the star Antares start the evening in the southwestern sky in a triangle, with Saturn on top, Mars below and to the left, and Antares below Saturn and right of and below Mars. Saturn, spectacular in telescopes with its rings, will set at 11:18 p.m. And Mars, moving rapidly to the east against the stars will set at 11:39 p.m.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.