12/09/2015 – Ephemeris – The planet action is in the morning sky
Ephemeris for Wednesday, December 9th. The Sun will rise at 8:07. It’ll be up for 8 hours and 54 minutes, setting at 5:02. We’re at the time of the earliest sunset. The Moon, 2 days before new, will rise at 7:02 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 12:39 a.m. in the east. Mars will rise next at 2:47 a.m. in the east, followed by Venus at 4:28 a.m. also in the east. Mars lies in line between Venus below and Jupiter above, almost halfway between the two. Don’t confuse Mars with the star Spica which is brighter and closer to Venus. Comet Catalina will be about half the width of a fist held at arm’s length above and left of Venus and will slowly be moving farther above Venus as the days go by.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.