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02/20/2015 – Ephemeris – The Moon joins Venus and Mars in the west tonight

February 20, 2015

Ephemeris for Friday, February 20th.  The sun will rise at 7:35.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 42 minutes, setting at 6:17.   The moon, 2 days past new, will set at 8:49 this evening.

Tonight the two day old moon will be seen in the west in a tight triangle with Venus and Mars.  They will become visible about 7 o’clock.  The planets will be to the left of the Moon with much dimmer Mars above Venus.  The formation is tight enough that the motion of the moon will be evident between 7 and when the Moon sets at 8:49.  The moon moves its own diameter in about an hour.  The moon will also exhibit earthshine, the reflection of the bright earth in the moon’s sky on the night side of the Moon itself.  The earthshine lit part of the moon shows a ghostly man in the moon image we are familiar with at full moon.  This earthshine is visible on the Moon for a few days before new moon to a few days after new moon.

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

Addendum

Views of the Venus, Mars, Moon grouping from three locations.

Appearance of the grouping from northern Michigan, US

Venus and Mars with the Moon from Northrn Michigan

Venus and Mars with the Moon at 7 p.m. EST on February 20, 2015. This is for northern Michigan. Created using Stellarium.

Appearance of the grouping from Los Angeles, CA

Venus and Mars with the Moon at 8 p.m. PST on February 20, 2015.  This is for Los Angeles, CA.  Created using Stellarium.

Venus and Mars with the Moon at 8 p.m. PST on February 20, 2015. This is for Los Angeles, CA. Created using Stellarium.

Appearance of the grouping from London, UK

Venus and Mars with the Moon at 20:28 GMT on February 20, 2015.  This is for London, UK.  Created using Stellarium.

Venus and Mars with the Moon at 20:28 GMT on February 20, 2015. This is for London, UK. Created using Stellarium.

 

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