03/16/2016 – Ephemeris – Jupiter is in the evening, the other bright planets are in the morning
Ephemeris for Wednesday, March 16th. The Sun will rise at 7:52. It’ll be up for 11 hours and 58 minutes, setting at 7:50. The Moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 4:26 tomorrow morning.
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 1:13 a.m., and will set at 7:44 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 1:29 a.m. in the east-southeast. It’s seen in western Scorpius now. Saturn will rise at 2:29 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 7:13 a.m. again in the east-southeast. Mercury is lost in the bright morning twilight and will pass behind the Sun in superior conjunction a week from now.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
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