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07/21/2021 – Ephemeris – Let’s search for the naked-eye planets for this week

July 21, 2021

This is Ephemeris for Wednesday, July 21st. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 2 minutes, setting at 9:20, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:18. The Moon, 2 days before full, will set at 4:13 tomorrow morning.

Let’s search for the naked-eye planets for this week. Venus can be spotted low in the west-northwest twilight by 10 pm. It will set at 10:49 pm. Venus will be spending the rest of summer low in the western sky, and not be as conspicuous as it usually is as the Evening Star. Mars’ visibility is a real problem. It will be to the right and below Venus in the evening, and will set at 10:35 pm. It’s much dimmer than Venus. The bright star Regulus will be just below and left of Venus tonight. Saturn will be seen low in the southeast in the evening, with Jupiter rising later and best in the morning sky. Saturn will rise at 9:49 pm. Brighter Jupiter will rise at 10:41 pm, both in the east-southeast. By 5:30 am, these two planets will be in the southern sky in the morning twilight.

The astronomical event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan (EDT, UT – 4 hr). They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Venus and Mars in evening twilight

Venus and Mars in evening twilight at 10 pm, about 40 minutes after sunset, tonight, Julyn21, 2021. Regulus, the first magnitude star in Leo, will appear just below and left of Venus. Click on the image to enlarge it. Created using Stellarium.

The Moon, Saturn, and Jupiter at 11 pm

The Gibbous Moon, Saturn, and Jupiter at 11 pm, tonight, July 21, 2021. The Moon is above the spout in the asterism of the Teapot in Sagittarius. Click on the image to enlarge it. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The gibbous Moon as it will look like in binoculars or small telescope tonight, July 21, 2021. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter Saturn in the morning

Jupiter and Saturn with the bright autumn star Fomalhaut, seen in morning twilight at 5:30. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic view of the bright planets_2300-072121

Telescopic view of the bright planets (north up), with the same magnification, this evening, July 21, 2021. Apparent diameters: Venus, 12.17″; Saturn 18.56″, its rings 43.24″; Jupiter, 47.70″. Mars has an apparent diameter of only 3.71″ and is not represented. The ” symbol means seconds of arc (1/3600th of a degree.) Click on the image to enlarge it. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Planets and the Moon overnight tonight

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night, starting with sunset on the right on July 21, 2021. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 22nd. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

 

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