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10/18/2021 – Ephemeris – Jupiter is stationary today

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This is Ephemeris for Monday, October 18th. Today the Sun will be up for 10 hours and 50 minutes, setting at 6:52, and it will rise tomorrow at 8:03. The Moon, 2 days before full, will set at 6:49 tomorrow morning.

The planet Jupiter is stationary today after moving westward for the last four months, as the Earth passed it in our race around the Sun. And it will resume its normal prograde or eastward motion against the stars and constellations of the Zodiac. During this retrograde time it had seemed to move closer to Saturn. Now that it and Saturn are appearing to resume their eastward motion, Jupiter again will appear to open up the distance between them. The ancient Greeks had a devil of a time trying to model this behavior, because they started with two false premises. One, that the Earth was stationary in the center of the universe; and two, that the Sun, Moon, and planets moved in uniform circular motion because they were perfect.

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.


Jupiter and Saturn retrograde loops in 2021

Jupiter and Saturn’s apparent motions seen against the constellation of Capricornus in 2021, including their retrograde loops. Click on the image to enlarge it. The tracks begin on the right. By the end of 2021 neither planet recovers all the eastern progress they lost in their retrograde loops. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).