This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Wednesday, August 4th. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 31 minutes, setting at 9:04, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:33. The Moon, halfway from last quarter to new, will rise at 3:16 tomorrow morning.
Let’s search for the naked-eye planets for this week. Venus can be spotted low in the western twilight by 9:45 pm. It will set at 10:29 pm. Venus will be spending the rest of summer low in the western sky, and not be as conspicuous as it usually is as the Evening Star. Mars is to faint and close to the Sun to be seen from northern latitudes. Saturn, now officially an evening planet, rises before sunset. It will be seen low in the southeast in the evening. Brighter Jupiter will rise at 9:38 pm in the east-southeast and will be seen thereafter trailing Saturn to it’s left or east. Jupiter will join Saturn as an evening planet on the 19th when it too reaches opposition from the Sun.
The astronomical event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan (EDT, UT – 4 hr). They may be different for your location.