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12/02/2015 – Ephemeris – All the bright planet action is in the morning

December 2, 2015

Ephemeris for Wednesday, December 2nd.  The Sun will rise at 8:00.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 2 minutes, setting at 5:03.   The Moon, 1 day before last quarter, will rise at 12:12 tomorrow morning.

Let’s check out the whereabouts of the bright naked eye planets.  Saturn and Mercury are too close to the direction of the Sun to be seen now.  In the morning sky there are three bright planets.  Jupiter will be the first to rise, at 1:03 a.m. in the east.  Mars will rise next at 2:52 a.m. in the east, followed by Venus at 4:13 a.m. also in the east.  Mars lies in line between Venus below and Jupiter above, almost halfway between Venus and Jupiter.  The Moon will pass each of these planets in the next few days culminating by passing in front of Venus Monday.  Comet Catalina will be about the width of a fist held at arm’s length below and left of Venus and will slowly be moving to the upper left and be level with Venus on the 6th.

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

Addendum

Morning planets

The Moon, Jupiter, Mars and Venus appear in the southeast at 6 a.m., December 3, 2015.  Note that Comet Catalina is near Venus. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter

Jupiter and moons in a telescope at 6 a.m. December 3, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Venus

Venus as seen in a telescope as seen at the same magnification as Jupiter above, at 6 a,m. December 3, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Moon

The Moon as seen in a binoculars or  small telescope at 6 a,m. December 3, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Comet Catalina Track

Comet Catalina and Venus for the next week. Note the magnitudes for the comet are about 2 magnitude too bright. It will take binoculars or a small telescope to spot the comet.

 

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