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07/03/2019 – Ephemeris – Our weekly look at the bright planets

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Ephemeris for Wednesday, July 3rd. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 29 minutes, setting at 9:31, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:02. The Moon, 1 day past new, will set at 10:33 this evening.

Let’s look at the planets for this week. Mars, Mercury and the Moon will be low in the west-northwestern sky to the left of the star Pollux. Mercury and Mars are now slightly dimmer than Pollux tonight. Mercury is moving below Mars now. Mercury will set at 10:35 p.m., with Mars following 9 minutes later. 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 4:24 a.m. It’s in Ophiuchus the serpent bearer now, just above Scorpius the scorpion. Though still officially a morning planet, Saturn will rise at 9:42 p.m., in the east-southeast. It will be up the rest of the night. It’s in Sagittarius the archer. Venus remains 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.


Mars Mercury Moon

Mars, Mercury and the Moon near the west-northwestern horizon at 10:15 p.m., July 3, 2019. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium. Stellarium cannot render the crescent on the day old Moon.

Jupiter Saturn and evening constellations

Jupiter Saturn and evening constellations for 11 p.m. July 3, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Planets

Jupiter and Saturn with the same magnification at 11p.m. (3:00 UT), July 3, 2019. Io will disappear behind Jupiter at 12:42 a.m. (4:42 UT) and will reappear from Jupiter’s shadow on the other side at 3:26 a.m. (7:26 UT). Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on July 3, 2019. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 4th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.