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03/16/2016 – Ephemeris – Jupiter is in the evening, the other bright planets are in the morning

March 16, 2016

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.

Addendum

Jupiter and the Moon in the evening

Jupiter and the Moon with the bright stars at 10 p.m. on March 16, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

The Moon

The Moon as it might appear in binoculars at 10 p.m. on March 16, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Jupiter

Jupiter and its moons as they would be seen in a telescope, at 10 p.m. March 16, 2016. Jupiter has an apparent diameter of 44.3″ Created using Stellarium.

Morning Plants

The morning planets Mars, Saturn and Jupiter at 6:30 a.m. March 17, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Mars

Mars as seen in a large telescope at high power. It’s only 10.0″ in diameter, about a quarter of Jupiter’s diameter. The long dark area near the bottom or south is Mare Cimmerium. The bright area above center is Elysium. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn

Saturn and its large satellite Titan and other moons as they should appear in a telescope in the morning of March 17, 2016. The planet is 17.0″ in diameter while the rings span 39.6″. Created using Stellarium.

Planets and the Moon at sunrise and sunset

This is a chart showing the sunrise and sunset skies for March 16, 2016 showing the location of the planets and the Moon at that time. Created using my LookingUp program.

Some of these images above are shown smaller than actual size.  Image expansion lately hasn’t worked.  If you are using Firefox, right-click on the image, and then click on View Image.

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