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12/03/2015 – Ephemeris – The Moon will pass by the morning planets in the next few days

December 3, 2015

Ephemeris for Thursday, December 3rd.  The Sun will rise at 8:01.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 1 minute, setting at 5:03.   The Moon, at last quarter today, will rise at 1:11 tomorrow morning.

The Moon will be making a grand procession by the morning planets in the next few days, culminating with passing in front of Venus just after noon on Monday.  This morning the Moon is approaching Jupiter to its lower left.  By tomorrow morning Jupiter will be just above the Moon.  Saturday morning the Moon will be approaching Mars, 12 of its diameters to its lower left.  Sunday morning finds the crescent Moon between Mars and Venus with Mars 8 diameters above and right of the Moon.  Monday Morning at 6 a.m. the Moon will be closing on Venus, with the brilliant planet just 4 moon diameters below left of the thin crescent Moon.  Sharp eyed binocular and telescopic observers will be able see the Moon occult Venus after noon.

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

Addendum

Animation

Animation of the Moon’s passage by the morning planets and Comet Catalina from December 2nd through the 7th, 2015. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.

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