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06/21/2017 – Ephemeris – Checking out the bright planets on the first day of summer

June 21, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Wednesday, June 21st. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 33 minutes, setting at 9:31, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:57. The Moon, 2 days before new, will rise at 4:54 tomorrow morning.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets on this first day of summer. Dominating the evening sky now is Jupiter in the southwest. The bright blue-white star Spica, which pales in comparison to it, is seen left and below it. In even the smallest telescopes Jupiter’s four largest moons can be seen. They shift positions night from to night and sometimes even as you watch. Jupiter will set at 2:18 a.m. Saturn can now be seen in the evening as twilight fades in the southeast. It is now officially an evening planet after opposition last week. At 5 a.m. both Saturn and Venus will be seen in the morning twilight. Brilliant Venus will be low in the east tomorrow morning after rising at 3:37 a.m.

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 the southern evening constellations at 10:30 p.m., June 21, 2017. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and moons

Jupiter and its four Galilean moons as they might be seen in a telescope at 10:30 p.m,. June 21, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn and moons

Saturn and its brightest moons overnight June 21/22, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Morning planets

Saturn, Venus and the rising crescent Moon at 5 a.m. June 22, 2017. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium. Click on the image to expand.

Telescopic Venus

Venus as it might be seen through a telescope at 5 a.m. June 22, 2017. This is displayed at a larger scale/magnification than the Jupiter or Saturn images above. Created using Stellarium.

Moon

The skinny crescent moon as it might be seen in binoculars, after 5 a.m., June 22, 2017. 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 June 21, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on June 22. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

06/14/2017 – Ephemeris – Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets

June 14, 2017 3 comments

Ephemeris for Flag Day, Wednesday, June 14th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 32 minutes, setting at 9:29, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:56. The Moon, 3 days before last quarter, will rise at 12:56 tomorrow morning.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets. Dominating the evening sky now is Jupiter in the south-southwest. The bright blue-white star Spica, which pales in comparison to it, is seen left and below it. In even the smallest telescopes Jupiter’s four largest moons can be seen. They shift positions night from to night and sometimes even as you watch. Jupiter will set at 2:46 a.m. Saturn can now be seen in the evening as twilight fades in the southeast. Saturn will reach opposition from the Sun early tomorrow morning. At 5 a.m. both Saturn and Venus will be in the morning twilight. Brilliant Venus will be low in the east tomorrow morning after rising at 3:45 a.m.

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

Addendum

Jupiter and Saturn and the southern evening constellations

Jupiter and Saturn and the southern evening constellations at 10:30 p.m., June 14, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and moons

Jupiter and its four Galilean moons as they might be seen in a telescope at 10:30 p.m,. June 14, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn and moons

Saturn and its brightest moons overnight June 14/15, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Morning planets

Venus, Saturn and the Moon at 5 a.m. June 15, 2017. Created using Stellarium. Click on the image to expand.

Binocular Moon

The moon as it might be seen in binoculars, at 5 a.m., June 15, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Venus

Venus as it might be seen through a telescope at 5 a.m. June 15, 2017. This is displayed at a larger scale/magnification than the Jupiter or Saturn images above. Created using Stellarium.

Planets on a single night

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on June 14, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on June 15. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

06/07/2017 – Ephemeris – It’s Wednesday and time to look at this week’s planets

June 7, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Wednesday, June 7th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 27 minutes, setting at 9:25, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:57. The Moon, 2 days before full, will set at 5:44 tomorrow morning.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets. I’m no longer going to cover Mars until it’s back in the morning sky next year. It’s too dim in twilight t really spot. Though next year July it will be closer to us than it’s been since 2003. Dominating the evening sky now besides the Moon is Jupiter in the south-southwest. The bright blue-white star Spica is seen left and below it. In even the smallest telescopes Jupiter’s four largest moons can be seen. They shift positions night from to night and sometimes even as you watch. Jupiter will set at 3:13 a.m. Saturn can now be seen late in the evening after it rises in the east-southeast at 9:46 p.m. At 5 a.m. both Saturn and Venus will be in the morning twilight. Brilliant Venus will be low in the east tomorrow morning after rising at 3:33 a.m.

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

Addendum

Evening planets

Jupiter and the Moon in twilight at 10:30 p.m., June 7, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and its moons

Jupiter and its four Galilean moons as they might be seen in a telescope at 10:30 p.m,. June 7, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Binocular Moon

The moon as seen in binoculars, tonight at 10:30 p.m., June 7, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

Venus, Saturn and the setting Moon at 5 a.m. June 8, 2017. Created using Stellarium. Click on the image to expand.

Saturn and its moons

Saturn and its brightest moons overnight June 7/8, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Telescopic Venus

Venus as it might be seen through a telescope at 5 a.m. June 8, 2017. This is displayed at a larger scale/magnification than the Jupiter or Saturn images above. Created using Stellarium.

Planets on a single night

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on June 7, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on June 8. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

 

05/31/2017 – Ephemeris – Wednesday is bright planets day on Ephemeris

May 31, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Wednesday, May 31st. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 19 minutes, setting at 9:19, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:00. The Moon, 1 day before first quarter, will set at 2:19 tomorrow morning.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets. Mars is still in the west-northwest after sunset and fading. It appears left of the bottom edge of the constellation Auriga. It will set at 10:43 p.m. Dominating the evening sky now is Jupiter in the south. The bright blue-white star Spica is seen below and left of it. In even the smallest telescopes Jupiter’s four largest moons can be seen. They shift positions night from to night and sometimes even as you watch. Jupiter will set at 4:09 a.m. Saturn can now be seen late in the evening after it rises in the east-southeast at 10:15 p.m. At 5 a.m. both Saturn and Venus will be in the morning twilight. Brilliant Venus will be low in the east tomorrow morning after rising at 4:05 a.m.

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

Addendum

Early evening planets

Mars, Jupiter and the Moon in twilight at 10 p.m., May 31, 2017. Created using Stellarium.  Click on the image to enlarge.

Jupiter and moons

Jupiter and its four Galilean moons as they might be seen in a telescope at 10 p.m,. May 31, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Binocular Moon

The moon as seen in binoculars, tonight at 10 p.m., May 31, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn seen in the evening

At 11 p.m., May 31, 2017 Saturn can be seen low in the southeast. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn and moons

Saturn and its brightest moons overnight May 31/June 1, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Morning planets

Venus and Saturn at 5 a.m. June 1, 2017. Created using Stellarium. Click on the image to expand.

Telescopic Venus

Venus as seen through a telescope at 5 a.m. June 1, 2017. This is displayed at a larger scale/magnification than the Jupiter or Saturn images above. Created using Stellarium.

Planets on a single night

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on May 31, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on June 1. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

05/24/2017 – Ephemeris – Let’s take our weekly look at the bright naked eye planets

May 24, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Wednesday, May 24th.  Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 7 minutes, setting at 9:13, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:04.  The Moon, 1 day before new, will rise at 6:20 tomorrow morning.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets.  Mars is still in the west-northwest after sunset and fading.  It appears near the left edge of the constellation Auriga.  It will set at 10:49 p.m.  Dominating the evening sky now is Jupiter in the south.  The bright blue-white star Spica is seen below and left of it.   In even the smallest telescopes Jupiter’s four largest moons can be seen.  They shift positions night from to night and sometimes even as you watch.  Jupiter will set at 4:09 a.m.  At 5 a.m. both Saturn and Venus will be in the morning twilight.  Saturn will be low in the south-southwest.  It will rise in the east-southeast at 10:45 p.m.  Brilliant Venus will be low in the east tomorrow morning after rising at 4:16 a.m.

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

Addendum

Evening Planets

Mars and Jupiter with the spring constellations in the fading twilight at 10 p.m., May 24, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and moons

Jupiter and its four Galilean moons as they might be seen in a telescope at 10 p.m,. May 24, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Morning Planets

Venus and Saturn at 5 a.m. May 25, 2017. Created using Stellarium. Click on the image to expand.

Saturn and moons

Saturn and its brightest moons at 5 a.m. May 25, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Telescopic Venus

Venus as seen through a telescope at 5 a.m. May 25, 2017. This is displayed at a larger scale/magnification than the Jupiter or Saturn images above. Created using Stellarium.

Planets on a single night

Planets at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on May 24, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on May 25. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

05/17/2017 – Ephemeris – Let’s look at the bright planets for this week

May 17, 2017 Comments off

Ephemeris for Wednesday, May 17th.  Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 54 minutes, setting at 9:06, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:11.  The Moon, 1 day before last quarter, will rise at 2:20 tomorrow morning.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets.  Mars is still in the west-northwest after sunset and fading.  It appears under the left edge of the constellation Auriga.  It will set at 10:54 p.m.  Dominating the evening sky now is Jupiter in the south-southeast.  The bright blue-white star Spica is seen below and left of it.   In even the smallest telescopes Jupiter’s four largest moons can be seen.  They shift positions night from to night and sometimes even as you watch.  Jupiter will set at 4:42 a.m.  At 5:30 a.m. both Saturn and Venus will be in the morning twilight.  Saturn will be low in the south-southwest.  It will rise in the east-southeast at 11:14 p.m.  Brilliant Venus will be low in the east tomorrow morning after rising at 4:27 a.m.

For us Mercury, at greatest western elongation of 25.8°will be on the horizon at 5:30, but those south of the equator it will be well placed for viewing in the morning.

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

Addendum

Evening planets

Mars and Jupiter with the spring constellations in the fading twilight at 10 p.m., May 17, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter nd moons

Jupiter and its four Galilean moons as they might be seen in a telescope at 10 p.,. May 17, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Morning planets

Venus, Saturn and the Moon at 5:30 a.m. May 18, 2017. Created using Stellarium. Click on the image to expand.

Saturn and moons

Saturn and its brightest moons at 5:30 a.m. May 18, 2017. This is displayed at the same scale/magnification as the Jupiter image above. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Binocular moon

The Moon as it might be seen in binoculars at 5:30 a.m., May 18, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Telesvopic Venus

Venus as seen through a telescope at 5:30 a.m. May 18, 2017. This is displayed at a larger scale/magnification than the Jupiter and Saturn images above. Created using Stellarium.

Planets and the Moon on a single night

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on May 17, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on May 18. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

05/10/2017 – Ephemeris – Our weekly look at the bright planets

May 10, 2017 Comments off

Wednesday, May 10th.  The Sun rises at 6:20.  It’ll be up for 14 hours and 38 minutes, setting at 8:58.  The Moon, at full today, will rise at 8:44 this evening.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets.  Mars is still in the west after sunset and fading.  It appears above the brighter star Aldebaran in Taurus now.  It will set at 10:58 p.m.  Not quite dominating the evening sky now due to the Moon is Jupiter in the south-southeast.  The bright blue-white star Spica is seen below and left of it.   In even the smallest telescopes Jupiter’s four largest moons can be seen.  They shift positions night from to night and even as you watch.  Jupiter will set at 5:11 a.m.  At 6 a.m. both Saturn and Venus will be in the morning twilight.  Saturn will appear to be a bit to the west of south compass point.  It will rise in the east-southeast at 11:44 p.m.  Venus will be low in the east at 6 a.m.  tomorrow morning after rising at 4:41.

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

Addendum

Mars, Jupiter and the full Moon

Mars, Jupiter and the full Moon with the brighter stars at 10 p.m., May 10, 2017. Created using Stellarium.   Click on the image to enlarge.

Telescvopic Jupiter

Jupiter and its four Galilean moons as they might be seen in a telescope at 10 p.,. May 10, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Full Moon

The Full Moon at 10 p.m., May 10, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Venus, Saturn and the Moon

Venus, Saturn and the Moon at 5:30 a.m. May 11, 2017. Created using Stellarium. Click on the image to expand.

Saturn and moons

Saturn and its brightest 4 moons at 5:30 a.m. May 11, 2017. This is displayed at the same scale/magnification as the Jupiter image above. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Telescopic Venus

Venus as seen through a telescope at 5:30 a.m. May 11, 2017. This is displayed at a larger scale/magnification than the Jupiter and Saturn images above. Created using Stellarium.

Planets and the Moon on a single night

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on May 10, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on May 11. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.