Ephemeris for Wednesday, March 15th. The Sun will rise at 7:54. It’ll be up for 11 hours and 54 minutes, setting at 7:48. The Moon, 3 days past full, will rise at 11:04 this evening.
It’s dark enough to see the morning planets during these Ephemeris programs again. But it won’t last. Jupiter will be seen in the morning in the southwest above the star Spica, with the bright waning gibbous moon above and left of them. It will rise tonight at 9:50 p.m. in the east. Saturn can be glimpsed this morning above the Teapot figure of Sagittarius. It will rise tomorrow at 3:37 a.m. in the east-southeast. In the evening sky tonight Venus, low in the west, is diving toward the Sun, though it will pass north of the Sun. Actually the thin crescent is showing it, canted a bit to the left, rather than to the right as you’d expect. Ten days and it’s officially outta here, and into the morning sky. Mars is still hanging on, way above Venus in the west.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
This is the first time I’ve used an image from Hallo Northern Sky (HNSKY) I found Hallo Northern Sky a few years ago and found it difficult to use, but its operation has improved with newer releases. It looks bare bones, like my LookingUp program, but I have yet to plumb all its depths. It’s really quite sophisticated. More clinical than pretty. I have a link to it on the right under Free Astronomical Software. It produces a better skinny crescent Venus than the other software I have.
Europa: Shadow crossing start: 16 Mar 2017 2:46 UT
Europa: Transit start: 16 Mar 2017 3:55 UT, 15 Mar 11:55 p.m. EDT
Europa: Shadow crossing end : 16 Mar 2017 5:15 UT, 1:15 a.m. EDT
Europa: Transit end : 16 Mar 2017 6:15 UT, 2:15 a.m. EDT
Satellite events were obtained from Project Pluto.
Venus appears 8° 20′ north of the ecliptic (path of the Sun in the sky) now. This is due to the fact that Venus’ orbit is slightly tilted to the Earth’s orbit by 3.3 degrees, and now it is extremely close to us at only 27 million miles (43.5 million km) from us, a lot closer than Mars ever gets to us.