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