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03/11/2020 – Ephemeris – Let’s look at the naked-eye planets for this week

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Ephemeris for Wednesday, March 11th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 42 minutes, setting at 7:44, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:59. The Moon, 2 days past full, will rise at 10:26 this evening.

Let’s look at the naked-eye planets for this week. Venus is our evening star shining brightly in the west for most of the evening. It will set at 11:49 p.m. The rest of the planet action is in the morning sky where there are three planets close together in the southeast. Mars will rise first at 5:11 a.m. It’s getting as bright as a first magnitude star because it’s down to 151 million (243 million km) miles away, as the Earth slowly overtakes it at the rate of about 6 million miles (9 million km) a week. It’s brighter than the star Antares in the southwest. Bright Jupiter will rise at 5:23 a.m. And lastly, Saturn will rise at 5:43 a.m. Mars is catching up to Jupiter and Saturn. It will pass south of Jupiter on the 20th, and Saturn on the 31st. It might be worth getting up for before 7 a.m. to view.

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

Addendum

Venus and evening bright stars

Venus and evening bright stars tonight at 9 p.m., March 11, 2020. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Morning Planets and the Moon

Morning Planets and the Moon at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning March 12, 2020. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon tomorrow morning

Binocular Moon tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. March 12, 2020. Created using Stellarium.

The planets as seen in a telescope with the same magnification

The planets as seen in a telescope with the same magnification. Venus in the evening and Jupiter and Saturn in the morning on the night of March 11/12, 2020. Apparent diameters: Venus, 20.7″; Jupiter, 35.1″; Saturn, 15.7″, rings, 36.6″. Mars at 5.8″ won’t be added until it reaches 10″. The ” symbol means seconds of arc (1/3600th of a degree.) 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 11, 2020. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 12th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.