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Physics and Astronomy


Sky Report

Upcoming Celestial Events...

Perseid Meteor Shower - Visible from July 17 to August 24, and is projected to peak on August 12. Best viewing conditions occur after midnight

In the Sky This Month...

Lunar Phases for…

Full Moon - August 18

Last Quar - August 25

New Moon - September 1

First Quar - September 9

You can download a sky chart for each month from Skymaps.com.


Solar System...

When can I see the planets?

Planet Rise Transit Set Where do I look? Public Observing
Mercury 8:35am 3:04pm 9:33pm W horizon after sunset Mercury is too low in the sky to observe from our location
Venus 7:53am 2:35pm 9:15pm horizon after sunset Dec '16
Mars 3:27pm 8:23pm 1:21am Look to the south after sunset May '16 to Dec '16
Jupiter 9:55am 4:07pm 10:20pm horizon after sunset Feb '16 to Aug '16
Saturn 4:01pm 9:06pm 2:14am Look to the south after sunset May '16 to Oct '16

 

Mercury is very low in the western sky after sunset.

Venus is very low in the western sky after sunset. At mag. -3.7, Venus is the brightest object in the sky, other than the sun and moon, of course.

Mars is currently visible in the southern evening sky at about 30 degress above the horizon. Mars is easy to spot in the night sky due to its red color.

Jupiter is very low in the western sky after sunset and will set shortly after, it can be seen shining brightly at magnitude -0.81. Binoculars or a small telescope will show the disk of Jupiter as well as its four Galilean moons. A stronger telescope will reveal cloud bands as well as the Great Red Spot.

Saturn At magnitude 0.64, Saturn will appear as a moderately bright star-like object slightly above Mars in the southern evening sky. The rings of Saturn are visible even through a small telescope or binoculars, but with a larger telescope, moons, faint cloud bands and even Cassini's Division, a large gap in Saturn's rings, can be observed.


 

 

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