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02/24/2014 – Ephemeris – Two more bright star clusters of winter

February 24, 2014

Ephemeris for Monday, February 24th.  The sun will rise at 7:28.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 55 minutes, setting at 6:23.   The moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 4:27 tomorrow morning.

The Milky Way isn’t as bright in the winter as it is in the summer.  That’s because we are looking away from the galactic center, the central part of the Milky Way.  But there’s still a lot to see as can be attested to by the bright stars of winter that outshine those of summer.  There are a lot of Galactic or open star clusters visible, such as the Pleiades.  With binoculars one can spot at least two more.  Just below Sirius the Dog Star the brightest night-time star which can be found by extending the line of the belt stars of Orion to the lower left.  It’s Messier 41.  Then off Castor’s toe in Gemini, where the sun would be on the first day of summer, as I mentioned last Tuesday, is another bright binocular star cluster cataloged as Messier 35.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Winter DSOs

Winter Deep Sky Objects including the Pleiades, M35 and M41. Created using Stellarium.

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