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11/03/2021 – Ephemeris – Searching for the naked-eye planets for this week

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This is Ephemeris for Wednesday, November 3rd. The Sun will rise at 8:23. It’ll be up for 10 hours and 4 minutes, setting at 6:28. The Moon, 1 day before new, will rise at 7:56 tomorrow morning.

Let’s search for the naked-eye planets for this week. Venus should be visible in the southwestern evening twilight by 6:50 tonight. It’s a fat crescent in telescopes. Venus will set at 8:44 pm. By 7 pm, Jupiter should be able to be spotted in the south-southeastern sky. Saturn will be dimmer, and to its right. They will set after midnight in the southwest, with Saturn setting first at 12:11 am, and Jupiter following at 1:32. Saturn’s rings are a beautiful sight in a telescope of even modest power, but the planet will appear tiny. In the morning sky, Mercury will be harder to spot than it was last week. It will be visible and low in the east-southeast from 7:30 to 8 am. All four of Jupiter’s brightest moons will be visible in binoculars early in the evening tonight.

The astronomical event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan (EDT, UT – 4 hours). They may be different for your location.


Venus will appear low in the south-southwest by 6:50 pm tonight, November 3, 2021. Created using Stellarium.

Venus, Jupiter and Saturn at 7 pm

Venus, Jupiter and Saturn at 7 pm in the southern sky. Created using Stellarium.

Mercury in morning twilight

Mercury in morning twilight at 7:45 am, November 4, 2021. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic views of the naked-eye planets

Telescopic views of the bright planets (north up) as they would be seen in a small telescope, with the same magnification, this evening at 9 pm, November 3, 2021. Apparent diameters: Venus at 7 pm, 26.54″, 46.7% illuminated; Saturn 16.69″, its rings 38.88″; Jupiter, 41.77″. Mercury at 7:30 am on the 4th and not plotted, 5.49″, 86.4% illuminated. The Jovian moon Io will begin transiting the face of the planet at 11:14 pm. Its shadow will start to cross at 12:32 am. The ” symbol means seconds of arc (1/3600th of a degree.) Click on the image to enlarge it. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Planets and the Moon on a single night sunset 110321 to sunrise 110421

The naked-eye planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise on a single night, starting with sunset on the right on November 3, 2021. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 4th. Click on the image to enlarge it. Created using my LookingUp program.