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08/17/2021 – Ephemeris – Jupiter is big and bright in the evening

17 Aug 2021, 04:01 UTC
08/17/2021 – Ephemeris – Jupiter is big and bright in the evening
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This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Tuesday, August 17th. Today the Sun will be up for 13 hours and 56 minutes, setting at 8:44, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:49. The Moon, 2 days past first quarter, will set at 2:02 tomorrow morning.
The brilliant planet we see rising in the east-southeast in the evening is not Venus, which is low in the west, ensnared in evening twilight. It’s Jupiter, the second-brightest planet and the largest by far. Jupiter would be the brightest planet except that the strength of sunlight falling on it is only 1/25th of what we get on the Earth and less than 1/50th of what Venus gets. Plus, it’s a lot farther away. Even in binoculars, Jupiter appears as not quite star-like. Most of the time, Jupiter is the largest appearing planet in telescopes. It is only beaten by Venus for a couple of months when it is nearest to us. When I was a kid, just learning about the planets, Jupiter had 12 moons. Astronomers by now have discovered 68 more.
The astronomical event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan (EDT, UT – 4 hr). They may be different ...

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