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01/20/2021 – Ephemeris – Let’s have a lookout for the naked-eye planets for this week

20 Jan 2021, 05:01 UTC
01/20/2021 – Ephemeris – Let’s have a lookout for the naked-eye planets for this week
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This is Ephemeris for Inauguration Day, Wednesday, January 20th. Today the Sun will be up for 9 hours and 22 minutes, setting at 5:35, and it will rise tomorrow at 8:12. The Moon, at first quarter today, will set at 1:38 tomorrow morning.
Let’s have a lookout for the naked-eye planets for this week. Mercury has joined Jupiter and Saturn extremely low in the southwestern sky. I’m afraid Saturn will be lost in the twilight, but Jupiter, with Mercury above it might be visible. Both are extremely low in the southwestern sky around 6 pm or a bit earlier. Jupiter will set at 6:04 pm and Mercury will set at 7:06 pm. Mercury might be the only one that can be spotted. Quite high in the south at 7 pm Mars can be found. It will actually be due south at 6:56 pm tonight, and above the Moon. Mars is increasing its speed eastward against the constellations and will set at 2 am. Venus will be hard to spot in the morning twilight after it rises at 7:22 tomorrow morning.
The event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
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