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06/28/2017 – Ephemeris – A last look at the bright planets for June 2017

June 28, 2017

Ephemeris for Wednesday, June 28th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 31 minutes, setting at 9:31, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:00. The Moon, 2 days before first quarter, will set at 12:51 tomorrow morning.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets for the last time in June. Jupiter is in the southwest as it gets dark in the evening, while the Moon is in the west. The bright blue-white star Spica, which pales in comparison to Jupiter, 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 1:51 a.m. Saturn can now be seen in the evening as twilight fades in the southeast. It’s rings are spectacular in telescopes. It is to the left of the reddish star Antares, now more to the south. Brilliant Venus will rise at 3:31 a.m., at 5 a.m. it is seen in the east with Saturn about to set in the southwest.

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

Addendum

Evening planets

Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon at 10:30 p.m., June 28, 2017. Click on image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The Moon as it would appear in binoculars at 10:30 p.m. June 28, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and its Moons

Jupiter and its four Galilean moons in tight to the planet as they might be seen in a telescope at 10:30 p.m,. June 28, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Project Pluto has the following events for the 28/29th:

Time is UT.  Events prior to 29 June 4:30 UT (12:30 a.m. EDT) will not be visible from Northern Michigan.  Data from Project Pluto:  https://www.projectpluto.com/jevent.htm#jun

I : Tra start: 28 Jun 2017 19:36
II : Occ start: 28 Jun 2017 20:39
I : Sha start: 28 Jun 2017 20:51
I : Tra end : 28 Jun 2017 21:47
I : Sha end : 28 Jun 2017 23:02
II : Occ end : 28 Jun 2017 23:07
II : Ecl start: 28 Jun 2017 23:11
III: Occ start: 28 Jun 2017 23:13
II : Ecl end : 29 Jun 2017 1:34
III: Occ end : 29 Jun 2017 1:46
III: Ecl start: 29 Jun 2017 4:30
III: Ecl end : 29 Jun 2017 6:43

Satellites:  I = Io, II = Europa, and III = Ganymede
Ecl = Eclipse (In Jupiter’s shadow), Occ = Occultation (Moon behind the planet).

Saturn and its moons

Saturn and its brightest moons overnight June 28/29, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Morning Planets

Venus and the setting Saturn at 5 a.m. June 29, 2017. Created using Stellarium. Click on the image to expand.

Telescopic Venus

Venus as it might be seen through a telescope at 5 a.m. June 29, 2017. This is displayed at a larger scale/magnification than the Jupiter or Saturn images above. Created using Stellarium.

Planets and Moon on a single night

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on June 28, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on June 29. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

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