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06/10/2021 – Ephemeris – Let’s take a belated search for the naked-eye planets for this week

June 10, 2021

This is Ephemeris for Thursday, June 10th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 30 minutes, setting at 9:27, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:56. The Moon is new today, and won’t be visible.

Let’s take a belated look at the naked-eye planets for this week. Venus can be spotted low in the west-northwest twilight by 10 pm or a little after. Venus will set at 10:58 pm. Mars can be found in the west at 10:30 tonight, and about to leave the constellation of Gemini, the twins. Tonight it’s below and left of Gemini’s brightest star, Pollux. Mars will set at 12:10 am. Jupiter and Saturn, are in the morning sky. Saturn will rise at 12:40 am. It’s seen with the stars of Capricornus. It has begun its retrograde or westward motion caused by the fact that we are viewing it from another moving planet. Brighter Jupiter, is now in Aquarius, and will rise at 1:28 am. By 5 am, these two planets will be in the south-southeast in the morning twilight.

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


Venus in the evening twilight

Venus in the evening twilight at 10 pm or a half hour after sunset tonight, June 10, 2021. Created using Stellarium.

Mars in the evening

Mars in the evening with Castor and Pollux at 11 pm or about an hour and a half after sunset. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and Saturn in the morning

Jupiter and Saturn at 5 am, one hour before sunrise. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and Saturn's appearance in small telescopes

Saturn and Jupiter as seen in a small telescope at the same magnification at 5 am June 11, 2021. Apparent diameters: Saturn, 17.85″, rings, 41.58″; Jupiter, 42.60″. Mars is too far away to make out detail on its surface, except maybe a polar cap. Its apparent diameter is 4.04″. Venus’ apparent diameter is 10.55″ and will be added when it gets far enough from the Sun to be easily seen. The normal cutoff for whether to show a planet here is an apparent diameter of 10″ or greater. The ” symbol means seconds of arc (1/3600th of a degree). Note that Io is transiting the face of Jupiter. It would normally not be visible, but its shadow on Jupiter might be. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Planets and the Moon on a single night sunset 06/10/21 to sunrise 06/11/21

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night, starting with sunset on the right on June 10, 2021. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 11th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

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