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11/06/2019 – Ephemeris – Looking for the bright planets

November 6, 2019

Ephemeris for Wednesday, November 6th. Today the Sun will be up for 9 hours and 57 minutes, setting at 5:25, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:28. The Moon, 2 days past first quarter, will set at 2:13 tomorrow morning.

Let’s look at the bright planets for this week. Venus and Mercury are too close to the Sun to be seen. They are on the evening or east side of the Sun. Jupiter will be very low in the southwestern sky as it gets dark. It will set at 7:38 p.m. Jupiter is moving at nearly its fastest to the east now and next year will be where Saturn is currently. Saturn, the ringed planet, will be in the south-southwestern sky in the evening, and will set at 9:15 p.m. Next year it will be a bit farther east. Jupiter is approaching Saturn in our sky. Mars is in the morning sky and will rise in the east at 5:29 a.m. It’s not very bright because it’s 232 million (375 million km) miles away.

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

Addendum

Evening planets

Jupiter, Saturn and the gibbous Moon tonight, November 6 at 7:15 p.m. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The gibbous Moon as it might appear in binoculars at 7:15 p.m. November 6, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Planets

Telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn with the same magnification at 7:15 p.m. tonight November 6, 2019. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Mars in the morning

Mars in the morning at 6:30 a.m. November 07, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

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 November 6, 2019. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 7th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

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