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12/14/2016 – Ephemeris – Mercury is seen briefly with the evening planets

December 14, 2016

Ephemeris for Wednesday, December 14th.  The Sun will rise at 8:12.  It’ll be up for 8 hours and 49 minutes, setting at 5:02.  The Moon, 1 day past full, will rise at 6:17 this evening.

In the east-southeast before 7:30 these mornings. Jupiter can be glimpsed in the morning twilight.  Jupiter will rise tomorrow at 2:39 a.m.  We are approaching Jupiter as it appears to move away from the Sun.  We will pass it on April 7th next year.  Mercury, 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.  Mercury will require a very low horizon, Venus will be the higher and the brightest of the three, Mars will be higher to the left.  Mercury will set at 6:24 p.m., Venus will set at 8:30.  Mars will set at 10:11.  Mars’ setting time hasn’t changed much in the last month and a half.  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.

Addendum

Evening planets

Venus, Mars and Mercury in the trees at 6 p.m., December 14, 2016. This is approximately one hour after sunset. Click on image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Mercury might be spotted a half hour earlier a bit higher with binoculars.

Morning sky

Jupiter the Moon and a preview of the southern spring constellations at 6:30 a.m. December 15, 2016. Click on image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Moon

The Moon at 6:30 a.m. December 15, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and moons

Jupiter and moons at 6:30 a.m. December 15, 2016. Io appeared from behind Jupiter at 5:42 a.m. (10:42 UT). Image created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Planets and Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night

Planets and Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on December 14, 2016. The night ends on the left with sunrise on December 15. Click on image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

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