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10/28/2015 – Ephemeris – The bright planets are gathered near the Sun in the evening and morning sky

October 28, 2015

Ephemeris for Wednesday, October 28th.  The Sun will rise at 8:15.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 22 minutes, setting at 6:37.   The Moon, 1 day past full, will rise at 7:52 this evening.

Let’s check out the whereabouts of the bright naked eye planets.  The numbers of visible planets is getting a bit thin.  The planet Saturn will be low in the west-southwest after sunset and will set at 8:06 p.m.  It will be hard to find in evening twilight.  In the morning sky the brilliant planet Venus will rise at 4:11 tomorrow morning.  Jupiter will beat it above the horizon, rising at 3:33. Both will be quite high in the southeast by this program’s air time today.   Jupiter will be just above Venus today and tomorrow morning.  Mars will be below and to the left of these two.  Mars will pass north of Venus next Tuesday.  That will be a real contrast in brightness with Mars much fainter than Venus. Mercury has retreated back toward the Sun.

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


Saturn in evening twilight

Saturn’s’ getting low in the twilight at 7:30 p.m. October 28, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

Venus with Jupiter 3 degrees above, with Mars below in the east-southeast at 7 a.m. October 29, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Comparative sizes of the planets

Apparent sizes of the morning planets Venus, Mars and Jupiter as seen through a telescope on October 29, 2015. 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 28, 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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