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08/28/2019 – Ephemeris – Looking at and for the 5 brightest planets

August 28, 2019

Ephemeris for Wednesday, August 28th. Today the Sun will be up for 13 hours and 26 minutes, setting at 8:27, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:01. The Moon, 2 days before new, will rise at 5:40 tomorrow morning.

Let’s look at the planets for this week. Mars, Venus and Mercury are too close to the Sun to be seen. Venus is on the evening or east side of the Sun, as is Mars which will pass conjunction with the Sun next Monday. Bright Jupiter will be in the south-southwestern sky as it gets dark. With steadily held binoculars a few of the 4 largest satellites of Jupiter can be seen. All four of Jupiter’s Galilean satellites can be spotted in telescopes tonight: one on the east and three west of the planet. Jupiter will set at 12:37 a.m. Saturn, the ringed planet, will be in the southern sky in the evening. It will pass the meridian, due south at 10:17 p.m. and will set at 3:12 a.m. Mercury will enter the evening sky next Tuesday.

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

Addendum

Evening Planets

Jupiter and Saturn with the constellations of the southern summer sky at 10 p.m. August 28, 2019. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Planets

Telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn with the same magnification at 10 p.m.August 28, 2019. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

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 August 28, 2019. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 29th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

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