Ephemeris for Wednesday, September 11th. Today the Sun will be up for 12 hours and 44 minutes, setting at 8:01, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:17. The Moon, 3 days before full, will set at 5:29 tomorrow morning.
Let’s look at the planets for this week. Mars, Venus and Mercury are too close to the Sun to be seen. Venus and Mercury are on the evening or east side of the Sun, Mars is on the west or morning side. Bright Jupiter will be in the south-southwestern sky as it gets dark. With steadily held binoculars a few of the 4 largest satellites of Jupiter can be seen. All four of Jupiter’s Galilean satellites can be spotted in telescopes before 10 this evening. The innermost moon Io will move in front of the planet until after midnight. Jupiter will set before then at 11:46 p.m. Saturn, the ringed planet, will be in the southern sky in the evening. It will pass the meridian, due south at 9:20 p.m. and will set at 1:46 a.m.
The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon with ...