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12/09/2020 – Ephemeris – A look at the naked-eye planets for this week

9 Dec 2020, 05:01 UTC
12/09/2020 – Ephemeris – A look at the naked-eye planets for this week
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This is Ephemeris for Wednesday, December 9th. Today the Sun will be up for 8 hours and 53 minutes, setting at 5:02, the earliest sunset, and it will rise tomorrow at 8:09. The Moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 2:55 tomorrow morning.
Let’s look for the naked-eye planets for this week. Jupiter and Saturn are both low in the southwestern sky from 6 to 7 pm. Jupiter is the very bright one. Above and left it by one and a half degrees or three moon widths will be dimmer Saturn. They are slowly closing, so they will cross paths for us on the evening of December 21st and be seen in the same low power telescope field that evening. Jupiter will set first tonight at 8 pm with Saturn following at 8:08. Quite high in the southeast at that hour will be Mars, still in Pisces. Mars’ distance is increasing to 65.3 million miles (105.2 million km) away. It will set at 3:10 tomorrow morning. Brilliant Venus will rise at 5:58 am in the east-southeast as it retreats slowly towards the Sun, but actually it’s heading around behind the Sun.
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