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01/04/17 – Ephemeris – Saturn is poking its head up into the morning twilight

January 4, 2017

Ephemeris for Wednesday, January 4th.  The Sun will rise at 8:19.  It’ll be up for 8 hours and 56 minutes, setting at 5:16.  The Moon, 1 day before first quarter, will set at 12:14 tomorrow morning.

Let’s take our first look at the bright planets for 2017.  Saturn can be glimpsed now in the morning, rising at 6:40 in the east-southeast.  Jupiter can be glimpsed even as the sky brightens.  It’s in the south at 7 a.m..  Jupiter will rise tomorrow at 1:29 a.m.  Venus and Mars are in the evening sky. At 6:30 p.m. these planets will be seen in the southwestern sky.  Venus is unmistakable as the brilliant evening star,  Mars will be above and left of it and much dimmer and will set at 10:13..  Venus will set at 9:15 p.m.  Venus is slowly heading northward for the rest of it’s evening appearance, and is moving higher in the sky, and is only 8 days from reaching it’s greatest eastern elongation or separation from the Sun.

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

Addendum

Evening planets

Venus, Mars and the Moon in the evening twilight of about an hour and three-quarters after sunset. 7 p.m. January 4, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Venus

Venus in a telescope at near half phase as it approaches its greatest apparent separation from the Sun, tonight January 4, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The Moon as it might be seen tonight through binoculars, January 4, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

Jupiter in the south with Saturn peeking over the horizon in the southeast at 7 a.m. this morning, January 4, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and its moons

Jupiter and its moons this morning, January 4, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

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 January 4, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on January 5. Click on image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

 

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