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02/04/2015 – Ephemeris – We have 4 bright planets and a fading comet

February 4, 2015

Ephemeris for Wednesday, February 4th.  The sun will rise at 7:58.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 56 minutes, setting at 5:55.   The moon, 1 day past full, will rise at 6:59 this evening.

Lets take a look at the bright planets and a reasonably bright comet for this week.  Brilliant Venus is in the west-southwest by 6:30 p.m. It will set at 8 p.m.  Mars appears above and left of Venus in the southwest.  Both of them are in the constellation of Aquarius.  The Red Planet will set tonight at 8:43 p.m.  Jupiter,  2 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 5:49 p.m.  It’s near the sickle-shaped head of Leo the lion.  It will be seen above the Moon at 9 p.m.  Early risers will be able to spot Saturn which will rise in the east-southeast at 3:06 a.m.   Comet Lovejoy, visible in binoculars, is near the star at the end of Andromeda, called Almaak.

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

Addendum

Evening

Venus and Mars

Venus and Mars low in the west with the setting autumn constellations and a few northern summer stars at 7 p.m. on February 4, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and the Moon

Jupiter the Moon and the bright winter stars at 8 p.m. on February 4, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Jupiter

Jupiter and its Galilean moons as they might appear in a telescope. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

Binocular Moon

The Moon as it might appear in binoculars at 8 p.m. on February 4, 2015. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

Comet Lovejoy

The track of Comet 2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) from 2/04/15 to 02/10/15 which will appear high in the west at 9 p.m. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

Morning

Saturn naked eye

Saturn will appear above the red giant star Antares at 6 a.m. February 5, 2015. At this time Jupiter and the Moon will appear above the western horizon. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

Telescopic Saturn

What Saturn and its moons might appear like in a telescope at 6 a.m., February 5, 2015. Small telescopes will show only the moon Titan. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

 

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