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11/07/2018 – Ephemeris – Two Two evening planets and a morning planet visible now

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Ephemeris for Wednesday, November 7th. The Sun will rise at 7:28. It’ll be up for 9 hours and 54 minutes, setting at 5:23. The Moon is new today, and won’t be visible.

Let’s look at the bright planets for tonight. Two of them are visible in the evening sky. Jupiter will set too soon after sunset to be seen. It will set only 44 minutes after the Sun. Saturn, the ringed planet, will start the evening low in the southwestern sky and will set at 8:24 p.m. Mars will be low in the south as the skies darken tonight. and is now 77.8 million miles (125.2 million km) away. Mars will be due south at 7:26 p.m., and it will set at 12:28 a.m. Mars is moving eastward, crossing the constellation of Aquarius this month. It’s currently at the western edge of Aquarius. Venus, now the brilliant morning star, will rise at 5:57 in the east southeast. It will grace our morning skies through next spring.

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


Mars and Saturn at 7 p.m. November 7, 2018. Click on image to enlarge.  Created using Stellarium.

Venus in the morning at 6:45 a.m.  Spica is going to be tough to spot above Venus.  Created using Stellarium.

A telescopic view of the planets .  Mars and Saturn in the evening and Venus in the morning.  All using the same magnification.  Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).  Venus had a bit of help using GIMP.  Planetarium programs don’t do well with extremely thin crescents.
Moon and planets on a single night
Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on November 7, 2018. The night ends on the left with sunrise on November 8th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.