12/16/2015 – Ephemeris – The planet action is still in the morning
Ephemeris for Wednesday, December 16th. The Sun will rise at 8:13. It’ll be up for 8 hours and 49 minutes, setting at 5:02. The Moon, 2 days before first quarter, will set at 10:57 this evening.
Let’s check out the whereabouts of the bright naked eye planets. Mercury is becoming marginally visible very low in the southwest before it sets at 6 p.m. In the morning sky there are three bright planets. Jupiter will be the first to rise, at 12:15 a.m. in the east. Mars will rise next at 2:39 a.m. also in the east, followed by Venus at 4:41 a.m. in the east-southeast. 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 right below it. Saturn will rise at 6:54 a.m. in the east-southeast. Comet Catalina is a telescopic object about one and a half the width of a fist held at arm’s length above Venus and the same amount left of Mars.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.