09/21/2016 – Ephemeris – Mercury escaped to the morning sky and Jupiter will soon follow
Ephemeris for Wednesday, September 21st. The Sun will rise at 7:29. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 11 minutes, setting at 7:41. The Moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 11:15 this evening.
Tonight we have four of the five bright classical planets in the evening sky. Mercury crossed into the morning sky last week, and Jupiter will follow next Monday. Jupiter is too close to the Sun to be seen. We are left with Venus, Saturn and Mars. Venus is briefly visible after sunset, low in the west. It will set at 8:42 p.m., following the Sun’s earlier setting times. Mars, Saturn and the star Antares start the evening in the southwestern sky in a lengthening triangle, with Saturn on top, Mars below and way out to the left, and Antares below Saturn. Saturn, spectacular in telescopes with its rings, will set at 10:52 p.m. And Mars, moving rapidly to the east against the stars will set at 11:31 p.m.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.