03/09/2016 – Ephemeris – With Venus and Mercury lost in twilight, Mars and Saturn are the only official morning planets easily seen now
Ephemeris for Wednesday, March 9th. The Sun will rise at 7:05. It’ll be up for 11 hours and 36 minutes, setting at 6:41. The Moon, 1 day past new, will set at 7:43 this evening.
Let’s check out the whereabouts of the bright naked eye planets. Jupiter is up at sunset, and will pass due south, astronomers call it a transit, at 12:47 a.m., and will set at 7:14 a.m. It’s below the stars of Leo now. Binoculars can make out some of Jupiter’s moons, but a telescope is required to see Jupiter’s cloud formations. Mars will rise next at 12:45 a.m. in the east-southeast. It’s seen in eastern Libra almost entering the territory of Scorpius. Saturn will rise at 1:56 a.m. in the east-southeast. It’s above the stars of Scorpius, actually in Ophiuchus. Its rings are a telescopic treat. Venus will rise at 6:20 a.m. again in the east-southeast. Mercury is lost in the bright morning twilight and will pass behind the Sun in superior conjunction on the 23rd.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
Sorry for the late post, but preparation for my visit to Mill Creek Elementary school in Williamsburg, MI took some extra preparation. Of course too I was watching the solar eclipse from Micronesia, both channels.