11/02/2016 – Ephemeris – Venus, Saturn and the Moon make a tight triangle in the southwest tonight
Ephemeris for Wednesday, November 2nd. The Sun will rise at 8:22. It’ll be up for 10 hours and 6 minutes, setting at 6:29. The Moon, 3 days past new, will set at 8:42 this evening.
Low in the east this morning at 7 Jupiter can be glimpsed in the twilight. Jupiter rose this morning at 5:48 a.m. Venus, Saturn and Mars are in the evening sky. Venus, Saturn and the Moon will appear together tonight with Saturn to the right of the much brighter Venus. The thin crescent Moon will appear above Saturn. Venus will set at 8:18 p.m. and Saturn a minute later. Venus continues to move southward and will still be hugging the southwestern horizon for the next week, but it’s high enough to spot with a reasonably low horizon. Mars can be seen in the darkened sky after Venus and Saturn set. The Red Planet will enter the constellation of Capricornus in a week and moves into the southwest by 8 p.m. Mars will set at 11:07 p.m.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
Bob King has an excellent article in Universe Today about the planet and Moon grouping in the southwest tonight: http://www.universetoday.com/131700/november-opens-splendid-gathering-moon-planets/