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03/10/2021 – Ephemeris – Searching for the naked-eye planets for this week

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This is Ephemeris for Wednesday, March 10th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 39 minutes, setting at 6:42, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:01. The Moon, 3 days before new, will rise at 6:43 tomorrow morning.

Let’s search for the naked-eye planets for this week. Unfortunately the only one you’ll find in the evening is Mars. It can be found high in the west-southwest at 8 pm tonight, between the Pleiades star cluster on its right and the letter V of stars that is the face of Taurus the bull on its left. Mars will set at 1:13 am. Right now the other four naked eye planets are just west of the Sun in the Morning sky. But only Saturn is at a far enough angle to be just be glimpsed in the morning sky. It will rise at 5:27, about an hour and a half before sunrise in the east-southeast. By 6 am it will have risen and moved to the southeast. Even Jupiter might be spotted lower and left of Saturn, especially if you’re looking across the Lake Huron horizon.

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

Addendum

Mars finder chart

Mars finder chart for tonight March 10, 2021 at 8 pm. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

The morning planets at 6 am, Thursday, March 11, 2021. 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 March 10, 2021. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 11th. The planet traffic jam in the morning is starting to break up. Saturn and possibly Jupiter can be spotted before sunrise now. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.