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09/22/2021 – Ephemeris – Autumn starts this afternoon and a look at the naked-eye planets

September 22, 2021 Comments off

This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Wednesday, September 22nd. Today the Sun will be up for 12 hours and 9 minutes, setting at 7:39, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:31. The Moon, 2 days past full, will rise at 8:43 this evening.

Here on Earth, the season of fall will begin at 3:21 this afternoon. Let’s search for rest of the naked-eye planets for this week. Venus should be visible in the southwestern evening twilight by 8 o’clock tonight. It will set at 9:08 pm. By 8:15 pm, Jupiter and Saturn will be seen low in the southeastern sky. The brighter Jupiter will be easy to spot at that hour. Saturn will be dimmer, but a bit higher and to its right. They will be visible into the morning hours, with Saturn setting first at 2:55 am, with Jupiter following at 4:19. Saturn’s rings can be seen in a spotting scope of about 20 power magnification. Though at that power the rings won’t appear separated from the planet, so Saturn will look like an elliptical disk.

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


Venus in twilight

Venus in twilight at 8 pm, or about 20 minutes after sunset, tonight, September 22, 2021. An animation showing its altitude at that time of 10 degrees (about the width of your fist held at arm’s length). Created using Stellarium and GIMP.

Waning gibbous Moon, 15 minutes after rising

Waning gibbous Moon, about 15 minutes after rising as it might be visible in binoculars or small telescope. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic views of the naked-eye planets

Telescopic views of the bright planets (north up) as they would be seen in a small telescope, with the same magnification, this evening. Venus at 8 pm, Jupiter and Saturn at 10 pm, September 22, 2021. Apparent diameters: Venus, 17.61″, and 65.3% illuminated; Saturn 17.86″, its rings 41.61″; Jupiter, 47.20″. 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 September 22, 2021. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 23rd. Click on the image to enlarge it. Created using my LookingUp program.