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09/06/2017 – Ephemeris – A look at the bright planets known from antiquity

September 6, 2017 1 comment

Wednesday, September 6th. The Sun will rise at 7:11. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 58 minutes, setting at 8:09. The Moon, at full today, will rise at 8:38 this evening.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets. Jupiter is sinking really low in the west-southwest setting before the end of twilight. The bright blue-white star Spica, which pales in comparison to Jupiter, is seen below it dimly in the twilight. It will pass north of Spica on September 11th. Jupiter will set at 9:36 p.m. Saturn can be seen moving from the south-southwest to the southwest tonight. The reddish star Antares is below and right of Saturn. Saturn’s rings are spectacular in telescopes. The planet will set at 12:29 a.m. In the morning sky, brilliant Venus will rise at 4:31 a.m. and be visible until about 6:45 tomorrow morning. Mars and Mercury follow Venus up in the east rising just before 6 a.m.

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

Addendum

Evening planets

The setting Jupiter and Saturn near the Moon at 9 p.m., September 6, 2017. Created using Stellarium. Click on image to enlarge.

Binocular Moon

The moon as it might be seen in binoculars at 10 p.m.. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn and its moons

Saturn and its brightest moons overnight September 6/7, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Morning planets

Venus with Mercury and Mars at 6:30 a.m. September 7, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planetary animation

A 3 day animation od Mercury, te star Regulus and Mars starting September 7, 2017 at 6:30 a.m. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.  Click on image to enlarge.

On Friday I’ll have an animation that will take these planets further.

Planets and the Moon on a single night sunset 090617 to sunrise 090717

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on September 6, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 7th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

 

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08/30/2017 – Ephemeris – Checking upon the bright planets for this week

August 30, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Wednesday, August 30th. The Sun will rise at 7:02. It’ll be up for 13 hours and 19 minutes, setting at 8:22. The Moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 1:38 tomorrow morning.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets. Jupiter is sinking really low in the west-southwest setting before the end of twilight. The bright blue-white star Spica, which pales in comparison to Jupiter, is seen below and left of it. Jupiter is moving eastward towards Spica now. It will pass north of Spica on September 11th. Jupiter will set at 10 p.m. Saturn can be seen tonight below, right of the Moon in the southern sky. The reddish star Antares is off to the right of Saturn. Saturn’s rings are spectacular in telescopes. The planet will set at 12:56 a.m. In the morning sky, brilliant Venus will rise at 4:15 a.m. and be visible until about 6:45 tomorrow morning. Mars and Mercury are now too close to the Sun for us to spot.

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

Addendum

Evening planets

The setting Jupiter and Saturn near the Moon at 9 p.m., August 30, 2017. Created using Stellarium. Click on image to enlarge.

Saturn and the Moon

The Moon and Saturn at 9 p.m. August 30, 2017. Create using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

Moon as it might be seen in binoculars at 9 p.m., August 30, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn and its moons

Saturn and its brightest moons overnight August 30/31, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Venus in the morning

Venus at 6 a.m. August 31, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Planets and the Moon on a single night sunset 083017 to sunrise 083117

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on August 30, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on August 31. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

08/23/2017 – Ephemeris – Our weekly check on the bright planets

August 23, 2017 3 comments

Wednesday, August 23rd. The Sun rises at 6:54. It’ll be up for 13 hours and 39 minutes, setting at 8:34. The Moon, 2 days past new, will set at 9:48 this evening.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets. Jupiter is sinking really low in the west-southwest as it gets dark in the evening. The bright blue-white star Spica, which pales in comparison to Jupiter, is seen left of it. Jupiter is moving eastward towards Spica now. It will pass north of Spica on September 11th. Jupiter will set at 10:25 p.m. Saturn can now be seen in the south-southwest as evening twilight fades. The reddish star Antares is off to the right of Saturn. Saturn’s rings are spectacular in telescopes, and it will set at 1:24 a.m. In the morning sky, brilliant Venus will rise at 4:01 a.m. and be visible until about 6:15 tomorrow morning. Mars and Mercury are now too close to the Sun for us to spot.

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

08/16/2017 – Ephemeris – Looking for the whereabouts of the bright planets

August 16, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Wednesday, August 16th. The Sun rises at 6:46. It’ll be up for 13 hours and 59 minutes, setting at 8:45. The Moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 2:16 tomorrow morning.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets. Jupiter is sinking in the west-southwest as it gets dark in the evening. The bright blue-white star Spica, which pales in comparison to Jupiter, is seen left of it. Jupiter is moving eastward towards Spica now. It will pass north of Spica on September 11th. Jupiter will set at 10:50 p.m. Saturn can now be seen in the south as evening twilight fades. The reddish star Antares is off to the right of Saturn. Saturn’s rings are spectacular in telescopes. It will set at 1:52 a.m. In the morning sky, brilliant Venus will rise at 3:48 a.m. and be visible until about 6:15 tomorrow morning. Mars and Mercury are now too close to the Sun for us to see, unless the moon completely covers the Sun for you next Monday.

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

Addendum

Evening planets

Jupiter and Saturn and southern summer constellations at 10 p.m. August 17, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and Moons

Jupiter and its moons at 10 p.m. August 16, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn and moons

Saturn and its brightest moons overnight August 16/17, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Venus and the Moon in the morning

The Moon and Venus at 5:30 a.m. August 17, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The Moon as it might be seen in binoculars at 5:30 p.m. August 17, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Venus is becoming almost to small to view its gibbous shape in telescopes.  It’s disk is only 13 seconds of arc in diameter, smaller than Saturn’s disk, so I’m discontinuing showing it’s disk.

Planets and Moon on a single night

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on August 16, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on August 17. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

08/09/2017 – Ephemeris – Where are the bright planets tonight?

August 9, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Wednesday, August 9th. The Sun rises at 6:38. It’ll be up for 14 hours and 18 minutes, setting at 8:56. The Moon, 2 days past full, will rise at 10:06 this evening.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets. Jupiter is sinking in the west-southwest as it gets dark in the evening. The bright blue-white star Spica, which pales in comparison to Jupiter, is seen left of it. In even the smallest telescopes Jupiter’s four largest moons can be seen. They shift positions from night to night. Jupiter will set at 11:15 p.m. Saturn can now be seen in the south as evening as twilight fades. The reddish star Antares is off to the right of Saturn. Saturn’s rings are spectacular in telescopes. It will set at 2:20 a.m. In the morning sky, brilliant Venus will rise at 3:38 a.m. and be visible until about 6 tomorrow morning. Mars and Mercury are now too close to the Sun for us to see.

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

Addendum

Evening planets

Jupiter and Saturn at 10 p.m. August 9, 2017. Jupiter is slowly approaching Saturn in our skies and will pass Saturn on December 21, 2020, and every 20 years for the rest of this century. Created using Stellarium.  Click on the image to enlarge.

Jupiter and its moons

Jupiter and its moons at 10 p.m. August 9, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn and its brightest moons

Saturn and its brightest moons overnight August 9/10, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

The Moon and Venus

The Moon and Venus at 5:30 a.m. August 10, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The Moon as it might be seen in binoculars at 5:30 p.m. August 10, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Venus

Venus in a telescope on the morning of August 10, 2017. It is greatly enlarged here to show its phase. Created using Stellarium.

Planets and Moon on a single night

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on August 9, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on August 10. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

 

08/04/2017 – Ephemeris – View the Moon and planets Jupiter and Saturn tonight

August 4, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Friday, August 4th. The Sun rises at 6:32. It’ll be up for 14 hours and 30 minutes, setting at 9:03. The Moon, 3 days before full, will set at 4:32 tomorrow morning.

Tonight the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will hold a viewing night at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory starting at 9 p.m. The celestial objects featured will be Jupiter, early, them the Moon and Saturn. Some of the brighter deep sky objects will be also seen as it gets dark. Deep sky objects are dim objects beyond the solar system like star clusters and nebulae, clouds of gas and dust either illuminated by stars or hiding them from view. The observatory’s telescopes are augmented by telescopes set up by members of the society. We also welcome the public to bring their telescopes to learn how to use them. The observatory is located south of Traverse City on Birmley Road.

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

08/02/2017 – Ephemeris – Lets check in on the bright planets for this week

August 2, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Wednesday, August 2nd. The Sun rises at 6:30. It’ll be up for 14 hours and 35 minutes, setting at 9:06. The Moon, 3 days past first quarter, will set at 3:00 tomorrow morning.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets. Jupiter is sinking in the west-southwest as it gets dark in the evening. The bright blue-white star Spica, which pales in comparison to Jupiter, is seen left of it. In even the smallest telescopes Jupiter’s four largest moons can be seen. They shift positions from night to night. Jupiter will set at 11:41 p.m. Saturn can now be seen in the south as evening as twilight fades. Tonight Saturn will be just below and left of the waxing gibbous Moon. The reddish star Antares is off to the right of Saturn. Saturn’s rings are spectacular in telescopes. Saturn will set at 2:48 a.m. In the morning sky, brilliant Venus will rise at 3:29 a.m. and be visible until about 6 tomorrow morning. Mars and Mercury are too close to the Sun for us to see now.

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

Addendum

Evening planets

Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon at 10 p.m., August 2, 2017. Created using Stellarium. Click on image to enlarge.

The Moon and Saturn

The Moon and Saturn at 10 p.m. EDT August 2, 2017. The Moon is moving to the left (eastward) at about its diameter every hour, so observers at different longitudes will see it in a different position depending on their time zone. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter

Jupiter and its moons at 10 p.m. August 2, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn

Saturn and its brightest moons overnight August 2/3, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Venus rising

Venus with Orion rising at 5:30 a.m. August 3, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Venus

Venus in a telescope on the morning of August 3, 2017. It is greatly enlarged here to show its phase. Created using Stellarium

Planets and Moon on a single night

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on August 2, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on August 3. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.