Ephemeris for Wednesday, September 28th. The Sun will rise at 7:37. It’ll be up for 11 hours and 50 minutes, setting at 7:27. The Moon, 2 days before new, will rise at 6:09 tomorrow morning.
Mercury will pass its greatest separation from the Sun in the morning sky later this afternoon and will be visible in the morning sky in the east for the next week or so. It’s now visible in the morning twilight and it will rise at 6:04 tomorrow morning with the moon below it. Venus, Saturn and Mars are in the evening sky. Venus is briefly visible after sunset, low in the west. It will set at 8:33 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 and Antares below. Mars is way out to the left of the other two. Saturn, spectacular in telescopes with its rings, will set at 10:26 p.m. Mars will set at 11:23 p.m.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
Mercury animation for two mornings, 9/28/16 and 9/29/16 at 6:40 a.m., about 36 minutes after sunrise. Note that the Moon is shown at two times its actual size. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.
Looking very low in the west at 7:47 p.m., 20 minutes after sunset, September 28, 2016. Venus is approaching Saturn, which is probably not really visible in the bright twilight. To see how Venus’ position changes from week to week, check out the last few Wednesday’s posts. I’m using the same landscape for each which is supplied by Stellarium. Created using Stellarium.
The lengthening Mars-Saturn-Antares triangle and the background constellations at 9 p.m., September 28, 2016. Created using Stellarium.
Saturn and some of its moons at 9 p.m. September 28, 2016. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).
Planets and Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on September 28, 2016. The night ends on the left with sunrise on September 29. 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.