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10/13/2021 – Ephemeris – Let’s search for the naked-eye planets for this week

October 13, 2021

This is Ephemeris for Wednesday, October 13th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 5 minutes, setting at 7:01, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:57. The Moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 1:00 tomorrow morning.

Let’s search for the naked-eye planets for this week. Venus should be visible in the southwestern evening twilight by 7:20 tonight. It will set at 8:37 pm. By 7:45 pm, Jupiter will be spotted in the south-southeastern sky. The Jupiter should be easy to spot at that hour. Saturn will be dimmer, and to its right. It will be above and left of the Moon tonight. They will be visible for a while after midnight in the southwest, with Saturn setting first at 1:31 am, and Jupiter following at 2:52. Saturn’s rings are a beautiful sight in a telescope of even modest power, but the planet will appear tiny. Jupiter’s 4 brightest moons are spread out, two on each side of the planet tonight. They might all be visible in binoculars.

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.

Addendum

Venus in twilight

Venus seen in twilight at 7:20 pm, about 20 minutes after sunset on October 13, 2021. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon

Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon at 7:45, about 45 minutes after sunset in this view to the south-southeast. Click on the image to enlarge it. Created using Stellarium.

Slight gibbous Moon as it might appear tonight

The slight gibbous Moon as it might appear tonight in binoculars or small telescope. It appears here right side up as it would appear in the sky at 9 pm. 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 at 9 pm, October 13, 2021. Apparent diameters: Venus, 21.15″, 56.8% illuminated; Saturn 17.29″, its rings 40.27″; Jupiter, 44.63″. 9 pm is also the best time to find the Great Red Spot on Jupiter’s face. Io will be in transit of the face of Jupiter until 7:53 pm. After that, Io will be increasing its distance from the planet. 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

The naked-eye planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise on a single night, starting with sunset on the right on October 13, 2021. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 14th. It looks like Mercury will be far enough from the Sun next week to spot in the morning. Click on the image to enlarge it. Created using my LookingUp program.

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