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11/27/2019 – Ephemeris – Where are all the naked-eye planets?

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Ephemeris for Wednesday, November 27th. Today the Sun will be up for 9 hours and 10 minutes, setting at 5:05, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:56. The Moon, 1 day past new, will set at 6:10 this evening.

Let’s look at all the naked-eye planets for this week. Venus will be briefly visible low in the west-southwest before it sets at 6:42 p.m. Jupiter will appear to the right of Venus tonight. It will set at 6:34 p.m. Saturn, the ringed planet, will be in the south-southwestern sky in the evening, and will set at 8:01 p.m. Jupiter is approaching Saturn in our sky, and when we see them again next year they will appear very close. Mars is in the morning sky and will rise in the east-southeast at 5:19 a.m. It’s not very bright because it’s 223 million (359 million km) miles away, but it’s getting slowly closer to the Earth. Mercury can be spotted after it rises in the east at 6:06 a.m. It will be at its greatest separation from the Sun tomorrow morning.

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

Addendum

Evening Planets

Jupiter, Venus and Saturn against a flat horizon tonight at 6 p.m. November 27, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

 

Telescopic Planets

Telescopic views of Venus, Jupiter and Saturn with the same magnification at 6 p.m. tonight November 27, 2019. In the morning, I will show Mars here when it reaches an apparent diameter of 10″ (seconds of arc).  It’s currently 3.9″. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Morning Planets

Mars and Mercury in the morning with the star Spica at 7 a.m. November 28, 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 27, 2019. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 28th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.