12/07/2016 – Ephemeris – Where are the bright planets
Ephemeris for Wednesday, December 7th*. The Sun will rise at 8:06. It’ll be up for 8 hours and 55 minutes, setting at 5:02. The Moon, at first quarter today, will set at 1:16 tomorrow morning.
In the east-southeast before 7:30 these mornings. Jupiter can be glimpsed in the morning twilight. Jupiter will rise tomorrow at 3:01 a.m. We are approaching Jupiter as it appears to move away from the Sun. We will pass it on April 7th next year. Venus and Mars are in the evening sky. At 6 p.m. these planets will be seen in the southwest and low in the sky. Venus will be the lower and brighter of the two, Mars will be higher to the left. Venus will set at 8:14. Mars will hang on a bit longer and will set at 10:10. Mars’ setting time hasn’t changed much in the last month and a half. It’s losing to the Sun by only a little bit each day. Venus is slowly heading northward for the rest of it’s evening appearance, and is moving higher in the sky.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
* 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. I was only 3 days old at the time, so had nothing to do with it.
Note that Saturn is practically plotted on top of the Sun. It will be in conjunction with the Sun on the 10th. After that it will enter the morning sky.