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01/28/2015 – Ephemeris – Wednesday is bright planet and comet day on Ephemeris

January 28, 2015

Ephemeris for Wednesday, January 28th.  The sun will rise at 8:06.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 39 minutes, setting at 5:45.   The moon, 2 days past first quarter, will set at 3:37 tomorrow morning.

Lets take a look at the bright planets and a pretty bright comet for this week.  Venus is in the west-southwest by 6:30 p.m. It will set at 7:41.  Mercury is now too close to the direction of the sun to be seen.  Mars appears above and left of Venus in the southwest, and is in the constellation of Aquarius.  The Red Planet will set tonight at 8:42 p.m.  Jupiter,  9 days from being in opposition from the sun, and opposite the sun in the sky, when it will be rising at sunset and setting at sunrise will rise tonight in the east at 6:27 p.m.  It’s near the sickle-shaped head of Leo the lion.  Early risers will be able to spot Saturn which will rise in the east-southeast at 3:32 a.m.   Comet Lovejoy, visible in binoculars, is near the short end of the constellation of Triangulum.

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

Addendum

Mars and Venus

Venus and Mars with the setting autumn constellations at 7 p.m. January 28, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and the Moon

Jupiter, the Moon and the constellations of winter at 9 p.m. January 28, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

The Moon

What the moon might look like in binoculars at 9 p.m. January 28, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter

What Jupiter and its moons might appear like in a telescope at 9 p.m., January 28, 2015. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

Saturn and the summer constellation

Saturn and a preview of the summer constellations at 6:30 a.m. January 29, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn

What Saturn and its moons might appear like in a telescope at 6:30 a.m., January 29, 2015. Small telescopes will show only the moon Titan. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

Comet Lovejoy

Comet Lovejoy's track for the next week

The track of Comet Lovejoy for the next week (from 1/28/2015 to 2/03/2015 at 9 p.m.) Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

There are some fuzzy objects in this part of the sky.  However only M31, the Great Andromeda Galaxy, is bright enough to be mistaken for the comet.  Next Tuesday and Wednesday the comet will appear close to Almaak (γ Andromedae), a 2nd magnitude star.  Note: six of the seven Big Dipper stars are 2nd magnitude.

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