Solar System Observing for AHSP 2016

Revised August 1, 2016

Here is a summary of Solar System Observing during AHSP 2016. This will give you an idea of events and times during the weekend for overall planning purposes.

Almanac for AHSP2016

Solar System Objects

For: ELKINS, WV   Location:  W 79°51'00.0", N38°55'48.0",  1000m alt.  Eastern Daylight Time                 
Date: 2016 Sep 03 (Sat) -- typical for the weekend
                Rise  Az.       Transit Alt.       Set  Az.     Brightness
                 h  m   °         h  m  °          h  m   °
Mercury  	08:22  94        14:13 48S        20:04 266    -0.6 	not visible
Venus  		08:22  94        14:13 48S        20:04 266    -3.8 	close to Sun
Mars  		14:48 123        19:22 26S        23:55 237    -0.8 	evening 
Jupiter  	08:16  88        14:23 53S        20:30 272    -1.6 	evening
Saturn  	14:08 116        19:00 31S        23:53 244     1.1 	evening
Uranus  	21:23  78        03:58 60S        10:28 282     5.8 	late evening-morning
Neptune  	19:39 100        01:18 43S        06:53 260     7.8 	near opposition

Sun  		06:51  80        13:19 58S        19:46 280

Moon                       Rise   Az      Transit Alt        Set   Az
  2016 Sep 01 (Thu)        06:59  80        13:35 57S        20:04 277      New 05:03                
  2016 Sep 02 (Fri)        07:57  86        14:20 53S        20:35 272                 
  2016 Sep 03 (Sat)        08:55  91        15:04 49S        21:06 267                 
  2016 Sep 04 (Sun)        09:51  96        15:47 45S        21:36 262                 
  2016 Sep 05 (Mon)        10:47 101        16:30 41S        22:08 257

The sky at 21:00 EDT 2016 Sept 03 from <https://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/Yoursky>
Right
Ascension
Declination Distance
(AU)
From 39°N 80°W:
Altitude Azimuth
Moon 12h 48m 56s −2° 25.1′ 63.1 ER 1.309 85.824 Up
Mars 16h 56m 26s −25° 21.1′ 0.912 21.699 23.765 Up
Jupiter 11h 57m 31s +1° 27.8′ 6.407 −6.214 96.963 Set
Saturn 16h 35m 3s −20° 27.3′ 10.019 24.318 30.751 Up
Uranus 1h 29m 48s +8° 43.2′ 19.192 −5.089 −105.543 Set
Neptune 22h 49m 40s −8° 24.4′ 28.946 14.300 −66.386 Up
Pluto 19h 3m 42s −21° 21.6′ 32.610 29.250 −7.840 Up
                
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Twilight Times

For the night of Sat-Sun September 3-4 (all times EDT):
Sunset				19:46
Civil twilight ends		20:13
Nautical twilight ends		20:45
Astronomical twilight ends	21:19
..
Astronomical twilight begins	 5:19
Nautical twilight begins	 5:52
Civil twilight begins		 6:24
Sunrise				 6:51

Note that astronomical twilight begins about 1:06 before or after civil twilight.
TMI is in a depression between ridges on the east and west, 
so the observing fields are in shadow before sunset and after sunrise.


Meteor showers: no major showers.

Comets: none brighter than V~10 predicted.

Bright minor planets: on 2016 09 03 courtesy Antonio Rosa Campos (see links). The brightest ones approach transit near midnight, because they are near opposition. Additional information is available from Minor Planet Center
(#) Name Magnitude Const RA (2000.0) Dec Link for details
 (85) Io 10.4  Aqr  20 50 04.04  +00 48 43.7 goo.gl/9vrxVn
 (19) Fortuna 10.2  Cap  20 57 55.72  -14 36 33.2 goo.gl/f4lXtm
 (2) Pallas 9.2  Equ  21 17 41.66  +07 18 46.0 goo.gl/gmUigY
 (67) Asia 10.4  Psc  23 23 31.20  +03 31 41.8 goo.gl/nQknxs
 (92) Undina 10.9  Cet  00 36 38.60  -11 36 17.4 goo.gl/iGKXci
 (11) Parthenope 9.7  Cet  00 54 25.93  -00 58 44.7 goo.gl/XeGxYz
 (18) Melpomene 8.8  Cet  02 24 55.63  +02 56 54.6
 (1) Ceres 8.2  Cet  02 27 47.36  +01 35 17.7
Julian Day 2457635.0 corresponds to 2016 Sept 03 08:00 EDT (12:00 UTC)
Phenomena of Jupiter
You can calculate the appearance of Jupiter, the GRS, its moons, and their shadows with <http://www.shallowsky.com/jupiter/>
Jupiter sets only 44 min. after the Sun.

Galilean Satellite shadow, transit, occultation, and eclipse events (UT)

 I    Io  (innermost satellite)
 II   Europa
 III  Ganymede
 IV   Callisto (outermost satellite)

 I   : Tra start : 2 Sep 2016 14:17
 I   : Sha start : 2 Sep 2016 14:41
 I   : Tra end   : 2 Sep 2016 16:32
 I   : Sha end   : 2 Sep 2016 16:55
 II  : Occ start : 3 Sep 2016  5:47
 II  : Ecl end   : 3 Sep 2016  9:14
 I   : Occ start : 3 Sep 2016 11:37
 I   : Ecl end   : 3 Sep 2016 14:13
 I   : Tra start : 4 Sep 2016  8:48
 I   : Sha start : 4 Sep 2016  9:10
 I   : Tra end   : 4 Sep 2016 11:03
 I   : Sha end   : 4 Sep 2016 11:24
 III : Tra start : 4 Sep 2016 13:56
 III : Sha start : 4 Sep 2016 15:28
 III : Tra end   : 4 Sep 2016 17:06
 III : Sha end   : 4 Sep 2016 18:25
 II  : Tra start : 5 Sep 2016  0:51
 II  : Sha start : 5 Sep 2016  1:34
 II  : Tra end   : 5 Sep 2016  3:33
 II  : Sha end   : 5 Sep 2016  4:12
 I   : Occ start : 5 Sep 2016  6:08
 I   : Ecl end   : 5 Sep 2016  8:42