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10/15/2014 – Ephemeris – Looking for the bright planets this week

October 15, 2014

Ephemeris for Wednesday, October 15th.  The sun will rise at 7:57.  It’ll be up for exactly 11 hours, setting at 6:57.   The moon, at last quarter today, will rise at 12:53 tomorrow morning.

Let’s check out the bright planets for this week.  Saturn is very low in the west-southwestern sky at 8 p.m. and difficult to spot.  It will set at 8:22 p.m.  Mars is right of the spout of the Teapot of Sagittarius low in the southwest.  Mars is in the constellation of Ophiuchus as astronomers draw constellation boundaries,  it will set at 9:46.  Comet Siding Spring will pass close to Mars this coming Sunday the 19th.  More on that tomorrow.  In the morning sky brilliant Jupiter will rise in the east-northeast at 2:18 a.m.  It’s moving from Cancer to Leo now.  Venus is too close to the sun to be seen.  On the 25th of this month Venus will be in superior conjunction with the sun, that is it will move behind the sun, and will enter the evening sky.

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

Addendum

Saturn and Mars

Saturn and Mars low near the setting southern summer stars at 8 p.m. October 15, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and the Moon

Jupiter and the Moon among the stars of winter at 6 a.m. October 16, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

The Moon

The Moon slightly after last quarter as seen in binoculars at 6 a.m. October 16, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Jupiter

A telescopic view of Jupiter and its moons as they would be seen at 6 a.m. October 16, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

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