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08/05/2020 – Ephemeris – Let’s look at the naked-eye planets for this week

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This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Wednesday, August 5th. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 28 minutes, setting at 9:02, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:35. The Moon, 2 days past full, will rise at 10:32 this evening.

Let’s look at the naked-eye planets for this week. Jupiter and Saturn are both low in the southeastern sky in the evening. Jupiter is the very bright one. To the left of it will be Saturn. They now seem to be separating a bit due to the Earth’s motion now, but they will cross paths in December. Both planets will be up most of the night with Jupiter setting first at 4:33 am tomorrow morning and Saturn following at 5:14 am. The next planet visible will be Mars which will rise at 11:43 pm. Its now down to 57.7 million miles (92.9 million km) away, as the Earth slowly overtakes it at the rate of about 3.4 million miles (5.5 million km) a week. Brilliant Venus will rise at 3:09 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.


Evening planets

Evening planets Jupiter and Saturn seen in the southeast along with the constellations of Sagittarius (looks like a teapot) and Scorpius at 10 pm, about 45 minutes after sunset tonight August 5, 2020. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The Moon as it might be seen in binoculars at 11 pm tonight August 5, 2020, about a half hour after it rises. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

The morning planets and the Moon as seen at 5:30 am or about an hour before sunrise tomorrow morning August 6, 2020. Note the winter constellation of Orion rising in the east with its two brightest stars Betelgeuse and Rigel labeled. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic planets

The planets as seen in a telescope (north up) with the same magnification tonight and tomorrow, August 5/6, 2020. Apparent diameters: Jupiter, 46.85″; Saturn, 18.40″, rings, 42.85″ at 10 pm. Mars, 15.26″, and Venus 25.46″. At 5:30 am. 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 August 5, 2020. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 6th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.