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06/14/2017 – Ephemeris – Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets

June 14, 2017 3 comments

Ephemeris for Flag Day, Wednesday, June 14th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 32 minutes, setting at 9:29, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:56. The Moon, 3 days before last quarter, will rise at 12:56 tomorrow morning.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets. Dominating the evening sky now is Jupiter in the south-southwest. The bright blue-white star Spica, which pales in comparison to it, is seen left and below it. In even the smallest telescopes Jupiter’s four largest moons can be seen. They shift positions night from to night and sometimes even as you watch. Jupiter will set at 2:46 a.m. Saturn can now be seen in the evening as twilight fades in the southeast. Saturn will reach opposition from the Sun early tomorrow morning. At 5 a.m. both Saturn and Venus will be in the morning twilight. Brilliant Venus will be low in the east tomorrow morning after rising at 3:45 a.m.

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

Addendum

Jupiter and Saturn and the southern evening constellations

Jupiter and Saturn and the southern evening constellations at 10:30 p.m., June 14, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and moons

Jupiter and its four Galilean moons as they might be seen in a telescope at 10:30 p.m,. June 14, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn and moons

Saturn and its brightest moons overnight June 14/15, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Morning planets

Venus, Saturn and the Moon at 5 a.m. June 15, 2017. Created using Stellarium. Click on the image to expand.

Binocular Moon

The moon as it might be seen in binoculars, at 5 a.m., June 15, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Venus

Venus as it might be seen through a telescope at 5 a.m. June 15, 2017. This is displayed at a larger scale/magnification than the Jupiter or Saturn images above. Created using Stellarium.

Planets on a single night

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on June 14, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on June 15. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

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