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01/08/2014 – Ephemeris – Where are the bright planets this week?

January 8, 2014

Ephemeris for Wednesday, January 8th.  The sun will rise at 8:18.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 2 minutes, setting at 5:20.   The moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 2:18 tomorrow morning.

This is our weekly look at the planets.  Venus is only three days from passing between the Earth and the Sun in what astronomers call inferior conjunction.  Sharp eyed observers may be able to spot it in the bright twilight glow before it sets at 5:57 p.m. tonight.  It will then pass into the morning sky. The giant planet Jupiter will be in the eastern sky as darkness falls tonight.  It’s cruising against the stars of Gemini now.  It will pass due south at 12:32 a.m., and will set at 8:13 a.m.  Mars will rise at 12:39 a.m. in the east.  Reddish Mars is in Virgo now and to the upper right of the bright star Spica by the width of your fist held at arm’s length.  Saturn will rise at 3:47 a.m. in the east southeast.   It’s seen against Libra the scales this year.

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

Addendum

 

Venus

For diehards, Venus 15 minutes before it will set tonight January 8, 2014.

Venus 3 days before inferior conjunction

Venus at 3 days before inferior conjunction back in the late 1960’s. My photograph.

Jupiter and Moon

Jupiter, the Moon with the winter constellations at 9 p.m. on January 8, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

The Moon

The telescopic moon at 9 p.m. January 8, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Jupiter

The telescopic Jupiter at 9 p.m. and January 8, 2014. The label for the moon Europa overlaps that of Jupiter. Created using Stellarium.

Mars and Saturn

Mars and Saturn with the spring constellations at 6:30 a.m. on January 9, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

 

 

 

 

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