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10/15/2015 – Ephemeris – More planet and Moon action

October 15, 2015

Ephemeris for Thursday, October 15th.  The Sun will rise at 7:57.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and one minute, setting at 6:58.   The Moon, 3 days past new, will set at 8:41 this evening.

Tonight the planet Saturn will be seen about 15 moon-diameters left of the thin crescent Moon.  We are getting close to the end of Saturn’s evening visibility.  It will be pretty much lost in the evening twilight by the end of the month.  In the morning sky, Mercury will be at greatest elongation by tomorrow morning.  It will be at an angle of only 18 degrees from the Sun,  however that angle won’t diminish much over the next week, and Mercury will actually get a bit brighter because its phase becomes fuller.  Remember it is illuminated by the sun and it is beginning to move around the back of the Sun.  Both Mercury and Venus show phases in a telescope like the Moon as they move around the sun.

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


Saturn and the Moon

Animation rocking back and forth between 7:45 p.m. on October 15th and 16th (2015_. Created using Stellarium.


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