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03/13/2019 – Ephemeris – Let’s find the bright planets for this week

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Ephemeris for Wednesday, March 13th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 46 minutes, setting at 7:46, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:57. The Moon, 1 day before first quarter, will set at 3:06 tomorrow morning.

Let’s look at the planets for this week. We are back to one evening planet visible now. Mars will be in the west-southwestern sky this evening and will set at 12:39 a.m. Mars is fading as the Earth, in its inner and faster orbit is leaving Mars behind at 175 million miles (282 million km) away. In the morning sky we have Jupiter which will rise tomorrow at 3:20 a.m. in the east-southeast It is second to Venus in brightness. Saturn will be next to rise at 5:06 a.m., also in the east-southeast It will be to the upper right of Venus which will rise at 6:30 a.m. By 7 in the morning they will be strung out from the southeast to the south. They will be a beautiful sight as morning twilight advances.

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


Mars and the Moon in the evening

Mars and the Moon with the brighter stars at 9 p.m. March 13, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

Tonight's Moon

The Moon as it might appear in binoculars or a small telescope tonight at 9 p.m. March 13, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

Morning planets and the constellations at 7 a.m. Tomorrow March 14, 2019. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic planets

Jupiter, Saturn and Venus with the same magnification at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning March 14, 2019. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Planets and the Moon on a single night

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on March 13, 2019. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 14th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.