03/29/2017 – Ephemeris – It’s Wednesday, do you know where your bright planets are?
Ephemeris for Wednesday, March 29th. The Sun will rise at 7:28. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 38 minutes, setting at 8:06. The Moon, 2 days past new, will set at 10:10 this evening.
In the evening sky tonight, replacing Venus will be the elusive planet Mercury. This tiny planet might be seen to the upper right of the Sun’s setting point starting about 9 p.m. It will set at 9:49 p.m. Mars is still hanging on, in the west, and will set at 11:10 p.m. The thin sliver of a crescent Moon is seen left of and above Mercury and Below Mars tonight. This might be a good time to spot Earth shine on it’s night side. Jupiter will rise in the east at 8:47 p.m. a half hour before the star Spica, which it will be seen to hang out with this year. Jupiter will be still seen in the morning sky low in the southwest at 6 a.m. Saturn at the same time is in the south above the Teapot figure of Sagittarius. It will rise tomorrow at 2:33 a.m. in the east-southeast.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.