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01/05/2016 – Ephemeris – The crescent moon is passing the morning planets

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Ephemeris for Tuesday, January 5th.  The Sun will rise at 8:20.  It’ll be up for 8 hours and 56 minutes, setting at 5:16.   The Moon, 3 days past last quarter, will rise at 4:48 tomorrow morning.

This morning the crescent Moon will be in the morning sky about half way between Venus below and Mars above.  Reddish Mars is to the left of the bright blue-white star Spica nearly in the south at 7 a.m.  Jupiter is way high in the south-southwest by then.  Venus is approaching Saturn, and they will apparently cross paths this Saturday.  By tomorrow morning the Moon will be much closer to Venus, with our Morning Star about 5 degrees, or 10 Moon diameters below and left of the thin crescent Moon, which should be exhibiting earthshine by then.  By Thursday the Moon will be about the same distance to the left of Venus.  The line that can be drawn through planets, along the Zodiac, is lying down as the Sun is slowly heading northward.

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


The Moon and the morning planets

The travels of the crescent Moon by Venus and Saturn. Positions shown for 7 a.m. on consecutive mornings: January 5-7, 2016. The moon is shown twice its size for clarity.  Created using Stellarium and GIMP.