Ephemeris for Wednesday, March 22nd. The Sun will rise at 7:41. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 16 minutes, setting at 7:57. The Moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 5:09 tomorrow morning.
It’s still dark enough to see the morning planets again during these Ephemeris play times. But it won’t last. Jupiter will be seen in the morning in the southwest above the star Spica. It will rise tonight at 9:19 p.m. in the East. Saturn can be glimpsed this morning above the Teapot figure of Sagittarius in the south. It will rise tomorrow at 3 a.m. in the east-southeast. The crescent Moon will be in the east-southeast. In the evening sky tonight Venus is essentially gone, just 3 days from passing inferior conjunction, it might be seen to the upper right of the Sun’s setting point. I once spotted it this close to conjunction in the bright twilight. It will set at 8:35 p.m. Mars is still hanging on, in the west, and will set at 11:11 p.m.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
Jupiter, Saturn and the crescent Moon at 7 a.m. this morning March 22, 2017. Created using Stellarium.
Venus at 15 minutes after sunset on a flat horizon 3 days before inferior conjunction from 45 degrees north latitude. Venus is seen at 3 degrees, 24 minutes above the horizon and practically invisible. Mercury is getting ready for its appearance in the west next week. We will visit it in more detail on Friday. Created using Stellarium.
Jupiter rising and the constellations of winter and spring at 10 p.m. this evening March 22, 2017. Created using Stellarium.
Jupiter and its moons at 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. today, March 22, 2017. orientation of Jupiter is as it appears on the sky at those times. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).
Saturn and its moons at 7 a.m. March 22, 2017. It is shown at the same scale as Jupiter above. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).
The waning crescent Moon at 7 a.m. as it might be seen in binoculars. Created using Stellarium.
Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on March 22, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on March 23. Note that Venus is visible at both sunrise and sunset at least on these charts. Click on image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.