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07/22/2020 – Ephemeris – Let’s look at a comet and the naked-eye planets for this week

July 22, 2020

This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Wednesday, July 22nd. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours even, setting at 9:19, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:19. The Moon, 2 days past new, will set at 11:01 this evening.

Let’s look at a comet and the naked-eye planets for this week. Jupiter now rises at before sunset, so does Saturn. Both are now official evening planets. They are both low in the southeast in the evening. Jupiter is the very bright one. To the left of it will be Saturn. Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is visible in the evening sky. A good time to start looking would be about 11 pm toward the northwest. The comet be beneath the bowl of the Big Dipper. The comet is fading as it recedes from the Sun. After tonight the waxing Moon will light up the sky and make the comet harder to spot. The next planet up will be Mars which will rise at 12:41 am. Its now down to 64.2 million miles (103.2 million km) away, as the Earth slowly overtakes it at the rate of about 3.7 million miles (6 million km) a week. Venus will rise at 3:22 am in the east-northeast as our Morning Star.

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

Addendum

Comet NEOWISE finder chart

Comet NEOWISE finder chart for tonight July 22, 2020 at 11 pm or about an hour and a half after sunset. Created using Stellarium.

Evening planets & southern constellations

Saturn and Jupiter planets plus two southern constellations to the right of them at 11 pm tonight July 22, 2020. Just right of Jupiter is Sagittarius that looks more like a teapot than a centaur with a bow and arrow. Further right is Scorpius the scorpion. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Planets seen in the morning

Planets visible at 5 am tomorrow morning July 23, 2020. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

The planets as seen in a telescope (north up) with the same magnification tonight and tomorrow July 22/23, 2020. Apparent diameters: Jupiter, 47.52″; Saturn, 18.48″, rings, 43.04″, Mars, 13.60″, and Venus 33.53″. At 11 pm. Mars also displays an enlargement showing surface detail. The ” symbol means seconds of arc (1/3600th of a degree.) 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 July 22, 2020. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 23rd. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

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