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10/14/2015 – Ephemeris – The planet get together in the morning

October 14, 2015

Ephemeris for Wednesday, October 14th.  The Sun will rise at 7:56.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 3 minutes, setting at 7:00.   The Moon, 2 days past new, will set at 8:06 this evening.

Lets see what’s happening with the bright planets.  Saturn is alone in the evening sky spotted by 8 p.m. low in the west-southwestern sky near the bright star Antares to its left.  Antares has a reddish hue, while Saturn is brighter and yellowish.  Both these colors are enhanced by being low to the horizon.  Saturn will set at 8:56 p.m.  The rest of the planets are in the morning sky and seeing more action.  Brilliant Venus, the morning star, will rise at 4 a.m. a bit north of east.  Below and left of Venus is bright Jupiter, though not as bright as Venus.  Above it tomorrow is dim Mars.  They will pass each other on Saturday.  Jupiter will rise at 4:37 preceded by 7 minutes by Mars.  Mercury is way below these, but brightening.  It will rise at 6:20.

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


Saturn and the Moon in twilight

Saturn and Antares appear in west-southwestern twilight with the thin crescent Moon, shown twice its actual size to show up at all, at 7:45 p.m., October 14, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Morning Planets

The morning planets getting together at 7 a.m. Mercury will be falling back toward the Sun after tomorrow. Created using Stellarium.

Comparison of Telescopic Planet Sizes

Apparent sizes of the morning planets Venus, Mars and Jupiter as seen through a telescope. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

The planets at sunrise and sunset

This is a chart showing the sunrise and sunset skies for October 14, 2015 showing the location of the planets and the Moon at that time. Created using my LookingUp program. Click on the image to enlarge.

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