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11/19/2014 – Ephemeris – Where did all the bright planets go?

November 19, 2014

Ephemeris for Wednesday, November 19th.  The sun will rise at 7:44.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 26 minutes, setting at 5:10.   The moon, 3 days before new, will rise at 5:34 tomorrow morning.

In reviewing which planets are visible tonight, it looks like we’re down to two.  Venus, Saturn and Mercury are hanging around near the direction of the Sun.  It will be a while before we see them again.  However we can see Mars, which will be low in the southwest at 7 p.m.  It will set at 8:29 p.m.  Jupiter will rise at 11:20 p.m. in the east-northeast.  The best telescopic views will have to wait a couple of hours after that.  So if you’re more of an early bird rather than a night owl it might be better to view Jupiter with a telescope in the morning.  Jupiter has those four bright moons that change position daily, and sometimes while you watch if they appear close enough to each other. On the planet are cloud bands and the elusive Great Red Spot.

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

Addendum

Planets near the Sun

Mercury, Saturn and Venus appear near the Sun near sunset at 5 p.m. on November 19, 2014. Displayed planets as their symbols. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Mars

Mars and the setting summer constellations at 7 p.m. on November 19, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter Rising

Jupiter and the rising winter constellations at midnight November 20, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter with winter and spring constellations

Jupiter with winter and spring constellations at 6:30 a.m. on November 20, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Jupiter

Jupiter and moons through a telescope at 6:30 a.m. on November 20, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

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