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11/04/2015 – Ephemeris – Most of the bright planet action is in the morning

November 4, 2015

Ephemeris for Wednesday, November 4th.  The Sun will rise at 7:24.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 3 minutes, setting at 5:27.   The Moon, 1 day past last quarter, will rise at 1:25 tomorrow morning.

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 6:41 p.m.  It would be as hard to find as Mercury would be at its best in the evening sky.  And Mercury itself is too close to the direction of the Sun to be spotted.  However in the morning sky there are three bright planets.  Jupiter will be the first to rise, at 2:34 a.m. in the east-northeast.  Mars and Venus will rise within 5 minutes of each outer by 3:20 a.m.  Mars will be almost directly above Venus by a degree or two Moon diameters.   Friday and Saturday mornings the Moon will appear near these planets.

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


Saturn in twilight

Saturn’s pretty low to the horizon at 6:15 p.m. November 4, 2015. Created using Stellarium.  Click on image to enlarge.

Morning planets

Mars is still close to Venus with Jupiter nearby in the southeast at 6 a.m. November 5, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

The planets at sunrise and sunset

This is a chart showing the sunrise and sunset skies for November 4, 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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