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08/31/2022 – Ephemeris – Let’s search for the naked-eye planets for this week

August 31, 2022

This is Ephemeris for Wednesday, August 31st. Today the Sun will be up for 13 hours and 17 minutes, setting at 8:21, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:05. The Moon, 3 days before first quarter, will set at 10:23 this evening.

Let’s search for the naked-eye planets for this week. Two of the naked-eye planets are in the evening sky. Mercury sets too close to the Sun to be seen in the evening. As it gets darker, Saturn can be seen low in the southeast. Jupiter rises in the east around 9:21 pm. It is seen against the stars of Pisces now, moving slowly retrograde or westward now. At 6:15 am tomorrow the three morning planets will be spread out from brilliant Venus very low in the east-northeast to Mars high in the southeast above the bright reddish star Aldebaran to Jupiter in the southwest. Mars is among the stars seen rising on late autumn and winter evenings, when observing them then, it will be a lot colder than it will be tomorrow morning.

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

Jupiter and Saturn in the evening

Jupiter and Saturn in the at 10 pm tonight, August 31, 2022.

Annotated crescent Moon

Annotated animation of the Moon tonight, August 31, 2022. Created using Stellarium, LibreOffice Draw and GIMP.

Morning planets with the bright winter stars

Morning planets with the bright winter stars at 6:15 am tomorrow, September 1, 2022. Click on the image to enlarge it. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic views of Saturn Jupiter and Venus

Views of Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus (north up) as they would be seen in a small telescope, with the same magnification. The times vary for each planet. Jupiter is shown twice, at 10 pm and 6:15 am, since its moons, especially Io and Europa, move rapidly. I do not show planets less than 10 seconds of arc in diameter, so Mars doesn’t show up yet. It will soon. Apparent diameters: Saturn 18.67″, its rings 43.50″; Jupiter 48.74″. Mars 9.79″, 84% illuminated; Venus 10.04″. 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 on a single night

The naked-eye planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise on a single night, starting with sunset on the right on August 31, 2022. The night ends on the left with sunrise on September 1st. Click on the image to enlarge it. Created using my LookingUp program.

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