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03/04/2015 – Ephemeris – Our weekly look at the bright planets

March 4, 2015

Ephemeris for Wednesday, March 4th.  The Sun will rise at 7:15.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 18 minutes, setting at 6:34.   The Moon, 1 day before full, will set at 6:59 tomorrow morning.

Lets take a look at the bright planets for this week.  Brilliant Venus is in the west by 7:30 p.m. It will set at 9:13 p.m.  It’s separating from Mars which appears below and right of it.  The Red Planet will set tonight at 8:47 p.m.  Jupiter will appear In the southeastern sky in the evening.  It will be up just about all night, and will set at 6:16 a.m.  It’s near the sickle-shaped head of Leo the lion, and it’s the brightest star-like object in the sky.  In telescopes tonight the moon Io will be behind Jupiter and will pop into sunlight a bit away from the planet at 9:39 p.m.  Tomorrow night the 5th the moon Europa will duck behind Jupiter at 8:48 p.m.  After that only 3 of the moons will be visible, until 12:57 a.m. when Europa will appear on the other side.*  Early risers will be able to spot Saturn which will rise in the east-southeast at 1:25 a.m.   It’s in the south at 6 a.m.

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

* Due to a date mix up the radio program may be incorrect.  The occultation of Europa on the 5th being set on the 4th.  The Io occultation is since added.


Venus and Mars

Venus and Mars in the west at 7:30 p.m. on March 4, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Looking south at 9 p.m.

Jupiter, the full Moon and the winter stars at 9 p.m. on March 4, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and its moons

Jupiter and moons at 9:39 p.m., when Io leaves Jupiter’s shadow on March 4, 2015. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

The Moon

The nearly full moon at 9 p.m. on March 4, 2015. Created using Virtual Moon Atlas.

Saturn & the summer stars

Looking south toward Saturn along with the summer stars and the setting Moon in the west at 6 a.m. March 5, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn and moons

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

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