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10/16/2013 – Ephemeris – Where are the bright planets and Comet ISON this week

October 15, 2013

Ephemeris for Wednesday, October 16th.  The sun will rise at 7:59.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 56 minutes, setting at 6:55.   The moon, 2 days before full, will set at 6:30 tomorrow morning.

Time again to check out the bright planets.  Venus is brilliant in the west  southwest after sunset  it will set at 8:46 p.m..  We are losing Saturn in the sun’s glare for a few months.  The rest of the planetary action will be in the morning sky, though the giant planet Jupiter will rise before midnight at 11:47 a.m. in the east northeast.  It’s cruising against the stars of Gemini now.  By 6 a.m it will be high in the southeast, the brightest object in that direction.  Mars will rise at 3:19 a.m. also in the east northeast.  It’s near Leo’s brightest star Regulus at the bottom of the constellation’s backward question mark.  It’s in the east at 6 a.m.   Comet ISON is about two moon width’s to the upper left of Mars, but the bright moon will interfere with spotting it.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Venus

Venus low in the west southwest at 7:45 p.m. on October 16, 2013. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter, Mars

Jupiter and Mars with the winter stars and constellations at 6 a.m., October 17, 2013. Created using Stellarium.

Mars and Comet ISON

Mars and Comet ISON at 6 a.m. from October 17 to October 23, 2013. Star magnitude limit is 12. Created using Sky Charts (Cartes du Ciel)

 

 

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