01/14/2016 – Ephemeris – Mercury joins the rest of the bright morning planets
Ephemeris for Thursday, January 14th. The Sun will rise at 8:17. It’ll be up for 9 hours and 9 minutes, setting at 5:26. The Moon, 2 days before first quarter, will set at 11:08 this evening.
After 9:03 this morning all the bright planets, known from antiquity, will be in the morning sky. To be a morning planet one must be in the sky at sunrise. And even though Jupiter rises before midnight, it is still in the sky at sunrise. It will leave the morning sky and enter the evening sky February 6th when it moves in opposition with the Sun and rises at sunset. Mercury is joining the morning planets by passing inferior conjunction with the Sun this morning, however this is not a good time of year to spot it in the morning. In the later part of February, we may have a shot at spotting it. However folks in the southern hemisphere will have better luck at spotting it, because it too is in the southern part of the sky.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.