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08/12/2020 – Ephemeris – Let’s look at a the naked-eye planets for this week

August 12, 2020

This is Ephemeris for Wednesday, August 12th. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 10 minutes, setting at 8:52, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:43. The Moon, 1 day past last quarter, will rise at 1:16 tomorrow morning.

Let’s look at a the naked-eye planets for this week. Jupiter and Saturn are both low in the south-southeastern sky at 10 pm. 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 4:02 tomorrow morning and Saturn following at 4:44 am. The next planet visible will be Mars which will rise at 11:22 pm. Its now down to 54.3 million miles (87.5 million kilometers) away, as the Earth slowly overtakes it at the rate of about 3.4 million miles (5.4 million kilometers) a week. Brilliant Venus will rise at 3:09 am in the east-northeast and is as far west from the Sun as it can get today.

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

Addendum

Jupiter and Saturn in the evening

Jupiter and Saturn animation at 10 pm with Sagittarius and Scorpius constellation lines. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.

Venus and Mars in the morning    AM aUGUST 13, 2020. aN ANIMATION SHOWING

The morning planets and the Moon as seen at 5:30 am or about an hour before sunrise tomorrow morning August 13, 2020 with and without the lines delineating nearby constellations. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The Moon as it might be seen in binoculars at 5:30 am tomorrow August 13, 2020. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic planets

The planets as seen in a telescope (north up) with the same magnification (Jupiter and Saturn) tonight at 10 pm August 12 and (Venus and Mars) 5:30 am tomorrow August 13, 2020. Apparent diameters: Jupiter, 46.31″; Saturn, 18.32″, rings, 42.67″, Mars, 16.18″, and Venus 23.49″. 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 12, 2020. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 13th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

 

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