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10/09/2015 – Ephemeris – The Moon is seen with the morning planets this weekend

October 9, 2015

Ephemeris for Friday, October 9th.  The Sun will rise at 7:50.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 18 minutes, setting at 7:09.   The Moon, 3 days before new, will rise at 5:31 tomorrow morning.

This morning up to about 7:15 look to the east at the crescent Moon and the planets.  The Moon is between Venus above and Jupiter just below and to the left.  Mars will be a bit above and just left of the Moon.  Mercury will be farther below the moon to the left and about 22 degrees below the Moon (that’s about twice the width of a fist held at arm’s length.)  By Sunday morning the thin sliver of the Moor will be near Mercury with the tiny planet just above left of the Moon.  Next Thursday the 15th, Mercury will climb to its greatest angular distance or elongation west of the Sun.  It will be getting a bit brighter for a while because even though it’s moving away from us, its phase will be getting fuller.  Remember it’s illuminated by the sun.

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

Addendum

Morning Planet Animation

Morning planet animation for 7 a.m. October 8 to 11, 2015. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.

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