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01/14/2015 – Ephemeris – Five bright planets and Comet Lovejoy are visible now

January 14, 2015

Ephemeris for Wednesday, January 14th.  The sun will rise at 8:17.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 9 minutes, setting at 5:26.   The moon, 1 day past last quarter, will rise at 3:05 tomorrow morning.

Lets take a look at the bright planets and a pretty bright comet for this week.  Venus and Mercury are side by side low in the southwest by 6 p.m. Mercury is about 2 and a half moon widths to the right of the much brighter Venus.  Mercury will set at 7:02, while Venus will set at 7:03 p.m.  Mars is low in the southwest at 7 p.m. and is in the constellation of Aquarius.  The Red Planet will set tonight at 8:39 p.m.  Jupiter will rise in the east at 7:31 p.m.  It’s near the sickle shaped head of Leo the lion.  Early risers will be able to spot Saturn which will rise in the east-southeast at 4:21 a.m.   Comet Lovejoy, visible in binoculars, makes an equilateral triangle with the V shaped head of Taurus and the Pleiades, to the right of both.

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

Addendum

Planets in the west

Venus, Mercury and Mars at 6:15 p.m. on January 14, 2015. Note that Mercury is getting dimmer, and Venus is overtaking Mars which is a bit more than a month away. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and the winter constellations

Jupiter and the winter constellations at 9 p.m. on January 14, 2015. Comet Lovejoy is not shown. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopis Jupiter

Jupiter and it’s Galilean satellites as seen in a telescope at 9 p.m. on January 14, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn and the Moon in the morning

Saturn and the Moon at 7 a.m., January 15, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The Moon as it would be seen in binoculars at 7 a.m., January 15, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Saturn

Saturn as seen with a telescope at 7 a.m., January 15, 2015. Titan is visible in most small telescopes. Created using Stellarium.

Comet Lovejoy

We finally had a clear night.  Comet Lovejoy was not visible to me to the naked eye last night.  But I thing an observer far from city lights and perfectly dark adapted might be able to spot it.  It was a great sight in 10X50 binoculars.  it was a bright featureless round blob of light.  I couldn’t spot a tail, which I expected.  My friend Scott Anttila, an excellent astrophotographer unfortunately has moved down to the Detroit area and is hindered by the lights down there.  However he was able to get this image of the comet sans tail.  But the green color of the come shows wonderfully.  Unfortunately our eyes don’t register color at low light levels.

Comet Lovejoy

Scott Anttila’s photo of Comet Lovejoy from the light polluted skies of the Detroit area.

The track of Comet Lovejoy

The track of Comet Lovejoy for the next week (from 1/14/2015 to 1/20/2015 at 9 p.m.) Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

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  1. richard Kuschell
    January 14, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Yes, a clear night at last. I observed Lovejoy last from my back proch in downtown Traverse City. It could have been easily confused with a globular cluster because it had no tail. I had to double check the charts to make sure I was on the comet and not a cluster. I used binoculars and a small (3″) telescope.

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