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03/23/2016 – Ephemeris – Another planet defects from the morning sky

March 23, 2016

Ephemeris for Wednesday, March 23rd.  The Sun will rise at 7:39.  It’ll be up for 12 hours and 20 minutes, setting at 7:59.   The Moon, at full today, will rise at 8:21 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 12:45 a.m., and will set at 7:15 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 1:12 a.m. in the east-southeast.  It’s seen in western Scorpius now.  Saturn will rise at 2:02 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 7:05 a.m. again in the east-southeast.  Mercury will pass in superior conjunction, that is behind the Sun, this afternoon and enter the evening sky.

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

Addendum

Jupiter and the Moon

Jupiter with the moon and the bright stars of winter and spring at 10 p.m., March 23, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Jupiter

Jupiter and its moons on an active night as the would appear at 10 p.m. March 23, 2016. The equatorial diameter of Jupiter is 44.1″. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Tonight’s satellite events

Event Date/Time EDT Date/Time UT
Europa Occultation Starts 23 23 22:17
Ganymede Transit Starts 23 23 22:19
Io Transit Starts 23 23 22:22
Io Shadow Crossing Starts 23 23 22:24
Ganymede Shadow Crossing Starts 23 23 23:46
Io Transit Ends 23 08:36 PM 24 00:36
Io Shadow Crossing Ends 23 08:58 PM 24 00:58
Ganymede Transit Ends 23 09:31 PM 24 01:31
Europa Eclipse Ends* 23 09:45 PM 24 01:45
Ganymede Shadow Crossing Ends 23 11:04 PM 24 03:04
* When Europa’s occultation ends it will still in Jupiter’s shadow and will enter sunlight a bit away from the planet.

Timings are from Project Pluto.

Morning planets

The Moon and the morning planets Mars and Saturn with the summer stars at 7 a.m. March 24, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Mars

Mars as it would be seen in a large telescope at 6 a.m. March 24, 2016. Apparent diameter is 11.0″ One quarter of Jupiter’s apparent diameter. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Telescopic Saturn

Saturn and Titan at 6 a.m. March 24, 2016. The planet’s apparent diameter is 17.2″ and the rings span 40.0″. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Mercury approaching superior conjunction

Mercury approaching the Sun from the right for the days March 19-22, 2016. Credit SOHO/NASA/ESA.

Planets at Sunrise and Sunset

This is a chart showing the sunrise and sunset skies for March 23, 2016 showing the location of the planets and the Moon at that time. Created using my LookingUp program.

 

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