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12/11/2013 – Ephemeris – Where are the bright planets this week, plus a consolation comet

December 11, 2013

Ephemeris for Wednesday, December 11th.  The sun will rise at 8:09.  It’ll be up for 8 hours and 52 minutes, setting at 5:02.   The moon, 2 days past first quarter, will set at 3:23 tomorrow morning.

Let’s see where the bright planets are this week.  Venus is brilliant in the southwest after sunset.  It will set at 7:44 p.m.  Venus has a crescent appearance because it is between the Earth and Sun which is easily seen in telescopes and can be detected in binoculars now.  Venus is 57 million kilometers away from us now or 35.4 million miles.  The giant planet Jupiter will rise at 7 p.m.. in the east northeast.  It’s cruising against the stars of Gemini now.  It will pass due south at 2:37 a.m.  Mars will rise at 1:22 a.m. in the east.  Mars is a bit closer to Spica in Virgo than Regulus in Leo, and can be distinguished by its yellow-orange color.  Saturn will rise at 5:24 a.m. and should be visible low in the east south east by 6 a.m.

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

Addendum

Venus 1

Venus in the southwest at 6 p.m. on December 11, 2013. Created using Stellarium.

Venus in a telescope

Venus as seen in a telescope at 6 p.m. December 11, 2013. The disk will be blindingly bright with no detail. Created using Stellarium.

Moon

The gibbous Moon magnified at 9 p.m. on December 11, 2013. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and winter constellations

Jupiter and some winter constellations at 9 p.m. on December 11, 2013. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter in a telescope

Jupiter and its moons as seen in a telescope at 9 p.m. December 11, 2013. The orientation may be rotated or even mirror image. Created using Stellarium.

Mars and Saturn

Mars, Saturn and the ghost of Comet ISON at 6 a.m. on December 12, 2013. Created using Stellarium.

Comet Lovejoy

Comet Lovejoy finder chart for the next week at 6 a.m. There a bit of a tail at the right edge from the ghost of ISON (It’s not visible). Look in the northeast at the constellation Hercules with binoculars. Created using Cartes du Ciel.

Comet Lovejoy is an easy binocular object.  It’s brighter than Comet ISON was in dark skies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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