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07/04/2018 – Ephemeris – The bright planets for the week of Independence Day

July 4, 2018 Comments off

Ephemeris for Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 28 minutes, setting at 9:31, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:03. The Moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 1:13 tomorrow morning.

It’s Wednesday again and time to look for and at the bright planets. Four of them are in the evening sky. The brilliant beacon of Venus will be visible in the western twilight from about 9:50 p.m. until it sets at 11:42 p.m. Mercury is far below and right of it, setting at 10:57 p.m. Jupiter will be in the south as it gets dark. Jupiter is only outshone by Venus and the Moon, though Mars will outshine it next month at its closest. Jupiter will set at 2:37 a.m. Binoculars will show it to be bigger than star-like in size. Saturn will start the evening low in the southeast will stay relatively low, above the Teapot of Sagittarius and will set at 5:39 a.m.. Mars will rise at 11:17 p.m. and is now outshining Saturn.

The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

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Evening planets

All the evening planets for July 4, 2018 at 10:30 p.m. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Venus

Telescopic appearance of Venus on July, 4, 2018. A moon filter helps cut down the glare to be able to more easily see the phase. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic planets

Telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at 10:30 p.m. on July 4, and Mars at 12 midnight on July 5, 2018 at the same magnification. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Europa’s transit of the face of Jupiter starts at 1:55 a.m. July 5th.  The Great Red Spot will cross the central meridian of Jupiter at 11:19 p.m.

Morning planets

Mars Saturn and the Moon at 5 a.m. July 5, 2018. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on July 4, 2018. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 5th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

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06/27/2018 – Ephemeris – Our Wednesday look at the bright planets

June 27, 2018 Comments off

Wednesday, June 27th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 33 minutes, setting at 9:32, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:59. The Moon, 1 day before full, will set at 6:27 tomorrow morning.

It’s Wednesday again and time to look for and at the bright planets. Three of them are in the evening sky. The brilliant beacon of Venus will be visible in the western twilight from about 9:50 p.m. until it sets at 11:53 p.m. Mercury is far below and right of it, setting at 10:59 p.m. Jupiter will be in the south as it gets dark. Jupiter is only outshone by Venus and the Moon, though Mars will outshine it next month at its closest. Jupiter will set at 3:05 a.m. Binoculars will show it to be bigger than star-like in size. Saturn which is opposite the Sun in the sky today will rise as the Sun sets. It’s right below the Moon tonight. Mars will rise at 11:39 p.m. and is now outshining Saturn.

The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

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Venus and Mercury

Venus and Mercury low in the western sky ay 10 p.m. June 27, 2018. Click on image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Venus

Telescopic appearance of Venus on June 27, 2018. A moon filter helps cut down the glare to be able to more easily see the phase. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon

Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon tonight at 10:30 p.m. on June 27, 2018. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon and Saturn

The Moon and Saturn as they might appear in binoculars at 10:30 p.m. June 27, 2018. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Jupiter and Saturn

Jupiter and Saturn with the same magnification at 10:30 p.m. June 27, 2018. Information on Europa events and the Great Red Spot is below. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Moon   Event            Universal Time    Local Time
Europa Transit start    28 Jun 2018 3:30  27 Jun 2018 11:30 p.m.
Europa Shadow start     28 Jun 2018 5:34  28 Jun 2018  1:34 a.m.
Europa Transit end      28 Jun 2018 5:44  28 Jun 2018  1:44 a.m.
Europa Shadow end       28 Jun 2018 7:49  28 Jun 2018  3:49 a.m.
Great Red Spot Transit  28 Jun 2018 2:32  27 Jun 2018 10:32 p.m.

Source of Jovian events: https://www.projectpluto.com/jevent.htm

Morning lanets

Mars, Saturn and the Moon at 5 a.m. June 28, 2018. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Mars

Greatly enlarged telescopic Mars at 5 a.m. June 28, 2018. Note that the dark albedo features may be covered by a global dust storm currently raging on the Red Planet. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on June 27, 2018. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 28th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

 

06/20/2018 – Ephemeris – Let’s check out the bright planets for this week

June 20, 2018 Comments off

Ephemeris for Wednesday, June 20th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 34 minutes, setting at 9:31, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:57. The Moon, at first quarter today, will set at 2:29 tomorrow morning.

It’s Wednesday again and time to look for and at the bright planets. Three of them are in the evening sky. The brilliant beacon of Venus will be visible in the western twilight from about 9:50 p.m. until it sets at 11:59 p.m. Mercury is far below and right of it, setting at 10:48 p.m. Jupiter will be in the south as it gets dark. Jupiter is only outshone by Venus and the Moon. And after Venus sets will have the night to itself as the brightest star-like object until it sets at 3:34 a.m. Binoculars will show it to be bigger than star-like in size. Saturn will rise at 9:46 p.m. in the east-southeast. Mars will rise at 12:07 a.m. and is now outshining Saturn, and in July and August will even outshine Jupiter.

The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

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Venus and Mercury

Venus and Mercury at 10 p.m., about a half hour after sunset, June 20, 2018. Created using Stellarium.

Evening Planets

Venus, the Moon and Jupiter at 10:30 p.m., about an hour after sunset, on June 20, 2018. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Venus

The phase exhibited by Venus in a telescope on June 20, 2018. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The moon as it might be seen in binoculars at 10:30 p.m. June 20, 2018. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and moons

Jupiter and moons at 10:30 p.m. June 20, 2018. The image shows Europa in transit of Jupiter. A satellite is normally invisible against the face of Jupiter, but its shadow can be seen falling on the planet. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Satellite  Event        Local Date/Time       Universal Date/Time
Europa:   Transit start 20 Jun 2018  9:06 pm  21 Jun 2018 1:06
Europa:   Shadow start  20 Jun 2018 10:57 pm  21 Jun 2018 2:57
Europa:   Transit end   20 Jun 2018 11:20 pm  21 Jun 2018 3:20
Europa:   Shadow end    21 Jun 2018  1:12 am  21 Jun 2018 5:12

Source of satellite events:  https://www.projectpluto.com/jevent.htm

Morning planets

Morning planets at 5 a.m. June 21, 2018. Click on image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Mars and Saturn telescopicly

Saturn and Mars with the same magnification with an inset of Mars at higher magnification at 5 a.m. June 21, 2018. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Note on the inset image.  The south polar cap is probably larger than shown.  Also with the dust storm in progress the dark features may be obscured.  The dust storm clouds appear brighter than the normal surface of the planet.

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on June 20, 2018. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 21st. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

 

 

05/02/2018 – Ephemeris – We’re taking our weekly look at the bright planets

May 2, 2018 Comments off

Ephemeris for Wednesday, May 2nd. The Sun rises at 6:31. It’ll be up for 14 hours and 17 minutes, setting at 8:49. The Moon, 3 days past full, will rise at 11:31 this evening.

It’s Wednesday again and time to look for the bright planets. One bright planet is in the evening sky, the brightest, Venus. It will be visible low in the western twilight from about 9:10 p.m. until it sets at 11:15. The star Aldebaran will be seen below and left of Venus tonight. Jupiter will rise this evening at 9:11 p.m. That doesn’t make it an evening planet. It has to rise before sunset to be an evening planet, which it will be next Wednesday. Saturn will rise at 1:09 a.m., while Mars will rise at 2:18 a.m.

At 5:30 tomorrow morning these three planets will be strung across the southern sky. Bright Jupiter will be in the southwest, dimmer Mars and Saturn will be in the south, with Mars to the left of Saturn with the Moon between Jupiter and Saturn.

The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

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Venus in evening twilight

Venus in evening twilight at 9:15 p.m, tonight May 2, 2018. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

The morning planets

The morning planets at 5:30 a.m. May 3, 2018. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The waning gibbous Moon at 5:30 a.m. May 3, 2018. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic morning planets

The morning planets as seen in a telescope using the same magnification at 5:30 a.m. May 3, 2018. A magnified image of Mars is inset showing some of the features that may be visible under higher magnification. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on May 2, 2018. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 3rd. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

04/11/2018 – Ephemeris – Looking at the bright planets for this week

April 11, 2018 Comments off

Ephemeris for Wednesday, April 11th. The Sun will rise at 7:05. It’ll be up for 13 hours and 17 minutes, setting at 8:22. The Moon, 3 days past last quarter, will rise at 5:45 tomorrow morning.

It’s Wednesday again and time to look for the bright planets. One bright planet is in the evening sky, the brightest, Venus. It will be visible low in the Western twilight from about 8:40 p.m. until it sets at 10:20. Venus is blindingly bright in binoculars or a small telescope. Jupiter will rise late this evening at 10:45 p.m. That doesn’t make it an evening planet. It has to rise before sunset to be an evening planet. Saturn will rise at 2:32 a.m., while Mars will rise at 3 a.m. At 6 tomorrow morning these three planets will be strung across the southern sky. Bright Jupiter will be in the southwest, dimmer Mars and Saturn will be in the south-southeast, with Mars below-left of Saturn.

The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

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Venus in the evening

Venus in evening twilight at 9 p.m, tonight April 11, 2018. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

The morning planets at 6 a.m. April 12, 2018. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Jupiter and Saturn

The morning planets Jupiter and Saturn as seen by a telescope using the same magnification for both at 6 a.m. April 12, 2018. a.m. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on April 11, 2018. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 12th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

03/28/2018 – Ephemeris – Four bright planets are visible

March 28, 2018 Comments off

Ephemeris for Wednesday, March 28th. The Sun will rise at 7:31. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 34 minutes, setting at 8:05. The Moon, 3 days before full, will set at 6:49 tomorrow morning.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets. We’re down to 4 the naked eye planets are visible now. One is in the evening sky. Venus will be visible low in the Western twilight from about 8:30 p.m. until before it sets at 9:43. Mercury is heading between the Earth and the Sun, not directly but will enter the morning sky Sunday. It’s morning appearance later next month will not be a good one for us in the northern hemisphere. Late this evening Jupiter will rise at 11:46. Mars will rise at 3:23 a.m. Saturn will end the procession, rising 3 minutes later. At 6 tomorrow morning these three planets will be strung across the southern sky. Bright Jupiter will be in the south-southwest, dimmer Mars will be in the south-southeast, just right of and a bit below Saturn.

The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

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Evening Venus and Moon

Venus, the bright winter stars and the Moon at 8:30 p.m. tonight March 28, 2018. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The Gibbous Moon tonight at 8:30 p.m., March 28, 2018. Created using Stellarium.

The morning planets

The morning planets and constellations at 6 a.m. March 29, 2018. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium

Telescopic morning planets to scale

The morning planets as seen by a telescope using the same magnification for all at 6 a.m. March 29, 2018. At 6 a.m. Jupiter’s moon Io is behind the planet. See the table below for Io events in the morning. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Moon  Event            Date        Time      Local Time
Io:   Eclipse start:   29 Mar 2018  7:10 UT  3:10 a.m. EDT
Io:   Occultation end: 29 Mar 2018 10:11 UT  6:11 a.m. EDT
Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on March 28, 2018. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 29th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

03/21/2018 – Ephemeris – The bright planets this week

March 21, 2018 Comments off

Ephemeris for Wednesday, March 21st. The Sun will rise at 7:44. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 12 minutes, setting at 7:56. The Moon, 3 days before first quarter, will set at 12:39 tomorrow morning.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets. All 5 of the naked eye planets are visible now. Two of them are in the evening sky, but very close to the Sun. Venus will be visible low in the Western twilight from about 8:10 p.m. until before it sets at 9:26. Mercury is much dimmer but at the same height and to the right of Venus, tonight by about 8 Moon widths. Mercury is dimming rapidly. In the morning Jupiter will rise at 12:20. Mars will rise at 3:33. Saturn will end the procession, rising at 3:53 a.m. At 7 tomorrow morning these three planets will be strung across the southern sky. Bright Jupiter will be in the southwest, dimmer Mars will be in the south. Saturn will be in the south-southeast.

The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

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Morning planets

The morning planets of Jupiter, Mars and Saturn seen at 7 a.m. EDT this morning March 21, 2018. Click on image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Jupiter and Saturn

Jupiter and Saturn with their brighter satellites this morning at 7 a.m. March 21, 2018. They are displayed at the same scale. Saturn in about twice as far as Jupiter. Its disk is a bit smaller than Jupiter’s so it appears about half as large. The extent of the rings appear to be about the same as Jupiter’s diameter. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Jovian satellite events this morning
Satellite Event              Date       Universal  Local Time 
Ganymede: Eclipse start:     21 Mar 2018  7:30 UT  3:30 am EDT
Io      : Shadow start:      21 Mar 2018  8:08 UT  4:08 am EDT
Io      : Transit start:     21 Mar 2018  9:09 UT  5:09 am EDT
Ganymede: Eclipse end :      21 Mar 2018  9:15 UT  5:15 am EDT
Io      : Shadow end :       21 Mar 2018 10:18 UT  6:18 am EDT
Io      : Transit end :      21 Mar 2018 11:17 UT  7:17 am EDT
Ganymede: Occultation start: 21 Mar 2018 11:50 UT  Not visible
Ganymede: Occultation end :  21 Mar 2018 12:54 UT  Not visible

An eclipse is when the moon passes through Jupiter’s shadow.
An occultation is when the moon is hidden behind the planet.
Shadow denotes the projection of a satellite’s shadow on the face of Jupiter.
Transit is the passage of a satellite across the face of Jupiter.  It becomes hard to find against the.

Timings are from https://www.projectpluto.com.

Venus and Mercury, low in the west

Venus and Mercury, low in the west at 8:30 p.m., March 21, 2018. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The waxing crescent Moon as it might be seen in binoculars at 9 p.m. tonight. March 21, 2018. Created using Stellarium.

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on March 21, 2018. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 22nd. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.