02/10/2016 – Ephemeris – The morning planet gang will be around for 9 more days
Ephemeris for Ash Wednesday, Wednesday, February 10th. The Sun will rise at 7:51. It’ll be up for 10 hours and 12 minutes, setting at 6:03. The Moon, 2 days past new, will set at 8:53 this evening.
Let’s check out the whereabouts of the bright naked eye planets. All the classical planets visible from antiquity are officially now in the morning sky. However Jupiter actually will rise at 8:29 p.m., in the east. Jupiter is still a morning planet since it’s not up at sunset. Mars will rise next at 1:35 a.m. in the east-southeast. It’s brighter than the bright star Spica growing even farther to the right of it.. Saturn will rise at 3:40 a.m. in the east-southeast. Venus will rise at 6:25 a.m. again in the east-southeast. Mercury will rise behind Venus at 6:39. Comet Catalina is up all night and is a binocular object in the dark expanse of the constellation Camelopardalis between the bowl of the Big Dipper and the constellation of Perseus.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
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