Planetary positions on September 17, 2009

An observer located in New York City on Thursday September 17, 2009, would see:

Sun

Sun

The sun rising at 06:38 am and setting at 06:59 pm.
Moon

Moon

The moon, being 0% full, rising at 05:13 am and setting at 06:38 pm. The previous full moon was on Sep 04, 2009 while the next full moon would come on Oct 04, 2009.

The same observer would also see the other Solar System Planets as follows:

mercury

Mercury

Mercury rising at 07:06 am and setting at 06:48 pm with a 1% of surface illuminated. Mercury would be orbiting the Sun at a distance of 0.37 astronomical units (AU) and would be found at a distance of 0.64 astronomical units (AU) from Earth. Given the planet elongation, the observer would see Mercury at an angle of 4° 30' 48.3" with the Sun. The brightness would be 4.12 this day, as measured by the planet magnitude.

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venus

Venus

Venus would rise at 04:15 am and set at 05:54 pm. 87% of Venus would be illuminated by the Sun. Venus distance from the Sun would be 0.72 astronomical units (AU) and its distance from the Earth 1.43 astronomical units (AU). The angular distance in the sky between Venus and the Sun would be -28° 08' 16.1".
mars

Mars

Mars would look like 88% full, orbiting the Sun at a distance of 1.51 AU and be at 1.49 AU from Earth. The planet would be seen rising at 12:39 am and setting at 03:38 pm. The angular separation of the Sun and the planet, with Earth as the reference point, would be -71° 15' 20.1". The brightness of Mars, that is its magnitude, would be 0.87.
jupiter

Jupiter

Jupiter’s distance from the Sun would be 5.03 AU and 4.20 AU from Planet Earth. Jupiter rising and setting times would be 05:23 pm and 03:34 am respectively. Jupiter would appear with a 99% illuminated fraction of its surface and a magnitude (brightness of the star) of -2.59. Its angular separation between the Sun would be 142° 36' 59.2".
saturn

Saturn

Saturn would rise at 06:34 am and set at 07:04 pm, appearing 99% full. The angular separation of Saturn from the Sun, as seen by the observer, would be -2° 13' 10.7", its magnitude 1.05. Saturn would orbit the Sun at a distance of 9.44 astronomical units (AU) and would be located at a distance of 10.45 astronomical units (AU) from Earth.
uranus

Uranus

Uranus would appear 99 full, its brightness being 5.73. It would be seen rising at 06:52 pm and setting at 06:40 am. Uranus would be 20.10 AU far from the Sun and 19.09 AU far from Planet Earth (average distance). The observer, looking up into the sky, would see Uranus with a 178° 39' 54.3" angle of separation from the Sun.
neptune

Neptune

Neptune rising at 05:36 pm, and setting at 04:07 am, its magnitude (the degree of brightness of a star) being 7.84. The difference between the celestial longitude of the Sun and that of Neptune would be 148° 42' 14.2". At 30.03 AU distance from the Sun and at 29.16 AU from Earth, 99 % of Neptune would be illuminated by the Sun.
pluto

Pluto

Pluto would be seen as 99% full and would have an elongation of 95° 14' 55.0". It would orbit the Sun at an average distance of 31.71 astronomical units (AU) and be located at an average distance of 31.60 astronomical units (AU) from Earth. The observer would see Pluto rising at 02:09 pm and setting at 12:07 am, its magnitude (brightness of the star) being 14.07.

For the same New York observer looking up in the clear night sky around 10 pm of the same day, the solar system planets would be found in the following constellations and at the following coordinates:

Planet Constellation Right Ascension Declination
Mercury Virgo 11:51:30.64 -2:45:29.9
Venus Leo 10:01:51.41 12:58:28.5
Mars Gemini 7:04:22.37 23:08:00.3
Jupiter Capricornus 21:23:50.04 -16:25:38.9
Saturn Virgo 11:45:17.87 3:44:25.7
Uranus Pisces 23:41:25.93 -2:52:47.7
Neptune Capricornus 21:46:52.26 -13:49:46.6
Pluto Sagittarius 18:02:47.83 -17:59:14.8

Maps of the planetary positions

Planetary positions on September 17, 2009 - Heliocentric and Geocentric views
NB: The dimensions and the orbits of the planets are not in scale. The zodiac signs in the geocentric view are set assuming that Aries coincides with the vernal equinox and that each of the zodiac signs occupy exactly one-twelfth of the sky.

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