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09/01/2021 – Ephemeris – Let’s search for the naked-eye planets for this week

1 Sep 2021, 04:01 UTC
09/01/2021 – Ephemeris – Let’s search for the naked-eye planets for this week
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This is Ephemeris for Wednesday, September 1st. Today the Sun will be up for 13 hours and 13 minutes, setting at 8:18, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:06. The Moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 1:57 tomorrow morning.
Let’s search for the naked-eye planets for this week. Venus should be visible in the western evening twilight before 9 tonight. It will set at 9:41 pm. By 9 pm, Jupiter and Saturn will be seen low in the southeastern sky. The brighter Jupiter will be easy to spot at that hour. Saturn will be dimmer, but a bit higher and to its right. Both these planets will be visible for most of the night, with Saturn setting first at 4:22 am, with Jupiter setting at 5:53 tomorrow morning. Saturn’s rings can be seen in a spotting scope of about 20 power magnification. Though at that power, the rings won’t appear separated from the planet, so Saturn will look like an elliptical spot. Most of Jupiter’s 4 brightest moons can be spotted in binoculars.
The astronomical event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan (EDT, UT – 4 hr). They may be different for your ...

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