10/23/2015 – Ephemeris – Jupiter approaches Venus this weekend
Ephemeris for Friday, October 23rd. The Sun will rise at 8:08. It’ll be up for 10 hours and 36 minutes, setting at 6:45. The Moon, 3 days past first quarter, will set at 4:23 tomorrow morning.
Over the weekend the planets Venus and Jupiter will approach each other, until on Monday morning they will be a bit more than a degree apart, or twice the diameter of the Moon apart. Of course in reality Jupiter is far more distant than Venus. Jupiter is 563 million miles (906 million km) away, while Venus is only 63 million miles (101 million km) away, about a ninth of Jupiter’s distance. Also, on Monday Venus will be at its greatest western elongation from the Sun, that is its greatest angular separation from the Sun of 46 degrees. Venus, like Mercury, which went through its greatest western elongation last week have orbits of the Sun inside that of the Earth, so never stray far from it. Venus never rises or sets more than 3 hours from the Sun.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
Check out my posts on the last two conjunctions of Jupiter and Venus in this series on August 18, 2014, and June 30, 2015. I discuss the possible connection to the Star of Bethlehem on my June 29th post.