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06/26/2019 – Ephemeris – Checking out the locations of the bright planets for this week

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Ephemeris for Wednesday, June 26th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 33 minutes, setting at 9:32, latest sunset of the year, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:59. The Moon, 1 day past last quarter, will rise at 2:47 tomorrow morning.

Let’s look at the planets for this week. Mars and Mercury will be low in the west-northwestern sky to the left of the star Pollux. Mercury is somewhat brighter than Pollux tonight with dimmer Mars to the right of Mercury. Mercury is separating from Mars rapidly, It’s not named for the messenger of the gods for nothing. Mercury will set at 11 p.m., three minutes after Mars. Jupiter will start the evening low in the southeast. It’s far brighter than any star and will be visible just about all night, setting at 4:55 a.m. It’s in Ophiuchus the serpent bearer now, just above Scorpius the scorpion. In the morning sky we have Saturn which will rise at 10:11 p.m., in the east-southeast. It’s in Sagittarius the archer. Venus is too close to the Sun to be seen.

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


Mercury and Mars in evening twilight

Mercury and Mars with the brighter stars at 10:15 p.m., June 26, 2019. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and Saturn

Jupiter and Saturn at 11 p.m. June 26, 2019. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic planets

Jupiter and Saturn with the same magnification at 11:30 p.m., June 26, 2019. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Binocular Moon

The waning crescent Moon at 4:30 a.m. June 27, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

Planets and the Moon on a single night

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on June 26, 2019. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 27th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.