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01/29/2014 – Ephemeris – We could spot all the 5 naked eye planets this week

January 29, 2014

Ephemeris for Wednesday, January 29th.  The sun will rise at 8:04.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 42 minutes, setting at 5:47.   The moon, 1 day before new, will rise at 7:27 tomorrow morning.

Let’s take our weekly look at the planets.  Tiny Mercury is 3 days from its greatest eastern elongation low in the west-southwest between sunset and 7:22, when it sets.  After that Jupiter takes over the evening sky.  It will be in the eastern sky as darkness falls tonight.  It’s cruising against the stars of Gemini now.  It will move southeast and pass due south at 10:59 p.m., and will set at 6:41 a.m. in the west-northwest.  Mars will rise at 11:55 p.m. in the east-southeast.  Reddish Mars is in Virgo now and above the bright star Spica.  Saturn will rise at 2:32 a.m. in the east-southeast.   It’s seen against Libra the scales this year.  Venus will rise at 6:02 tomorrow morning, so it may become visible around 6:30 or so very low in the east-southeast.

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

Addendum

Mercury

Mercury in the west southwest at 6:15 p.m. on January 29, 2014. Also displayed is Mercury’s orbit. It will reach the peak, its greatest eastern elongation from the Sun on Friday. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter

Jupiter with the winter constellations at 9 p.m. on January 29, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Jupiter

The telescopic Jupiter at 9 p.m. and January 29, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Mars, Saturn and Venus

Mars, Saturn and Venus with the spring constellations at 6:30 a.m. on January 29, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Saturn

Saturn and its moons at 6:30, January 30, 2014. Of the moons, Titan will be the only one visible in small telescopes. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Venus

Venus as seen in a telescope at 7 a.m. on January 30, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

 

 

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