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03/30/2016 – Ephemeris – The planets tonight – corrected to March 31-April 1

March 31, 2016

Note:  I’ve been under the weather (bad cold) and have been sleeping a lot.  The times for the planet phenomena  in the second paragraph have been adjusted to the night of March 31st –  April 1st.

Ephemeris for Wednesday, March 30th.  The Sun will rise at 7:26.  It’ll be up for 12 hours and 42 minutes, setting at 8:08.   The Moon, 1 day before last quarter, will rise at 2:51 tomorrow morning.

Let’s check out the whereabouts of the bright naked eye planets for the nigh of March 31-April 1, 2016.  Jupiter is up at sunset, and will pass due south, astronomers call it a transit, at 12:11 a.m., and will set at 6:41 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 12:49 a.m. in the east-southeast.  It’s seen in western Scorpius now.  Saturn will rise at 1:30 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 6:55 a.m. again in the east-southeast.  Mercury is now in the evening sky but is too close to the Sun to be seen, it will be visible after sunset by mid-month.

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

Addendum

Jupiter and the evening constellations

Jupiter and the evening constellations at 10 p.m. March 31, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

Mars, Saturn and the Moon with the summer constellations at 6 a.m., April 1, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

 

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