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02/25/2015 – Ephemeris – It’s planet day on Ephemeris

February 25, 2015

Ephemeris for Wednesday, February 25th.  The sun will rise at 7:27.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 57 minutes, setting at 6:24.   The moon, at first quarter today, will set at 2:28 tomorrow morning.

Lets take a look at the bright planets and a fading binocular comet for this week.  Brilliant Venus is in the west-southwest by 7 p.m. It will set at 8:55 p.m.  It’s separating from Mars which appears below and right of it.  The Red Planet will set tonight at 8:46 p.m.  Jupiter will appear In the southeastern sky in the evening.  It will be up just about all night, and will set at 6:44 a.m.  It’s near the sickle-shaped head of Leo the lion, and it’s the brightest star-like object in the sky.  Early risers will be able to spot Saturn which will rise in the east-southeast at 1:48 a.m.   It’s in the south at 6 a.m. Comet Lovejoy, visible in binoculars, is about half way from the star at the end of Andromeda, called Almaak and the “W” of Cassiopeia.

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

Addendum

Venus and Mars

Venus and Mars low in the west after sunset. This is 7 p.m., February 25, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and the moon

Jupiter with the first quarter moon and the winter stars at 9 p.m., February 25, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

The Moon and Aldebaran

Closeup of the Moon and Aldebaran at 9 p.m. on February 25, 2015. They appeared their closest at 6 p.m. They might be glimpsed with binoculars or a small telescope at that time.

Jupiter and its moons

Jupiter and it’s moons at 9 p.m. February 25, 2015. Note that at this time the Great Red Spot is on the face if Jupiter. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn and the Summer Constellations

Looking southward at Saturn and a preview of the summer constellations at 6 a.m. February 26, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Saturn

What Saturn and its moons might appear like in a telescope at 6 a.m., February 26, 2015. Small telescopes will show only the moon Titan. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

Comet Lovejoy weekly track

The track of Comet 2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) from 2/25/15 to 03/03/15 which will appear high in the west at 9 p.m. The comet is approaching Cassiopeia. The comet is dropping below binocular visibility, so this is the last time I will cover it on this blog. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

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