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02/10/2016 – Ephemeris – The morning planet gang will be around for 9 more days

February 10, 2016

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.

Addendum

Jupiter in the evening sky

Jupiter low in the east-southeast at 10 p.m. on February 10th, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and Moons

Jupiter and its moons as they would be seen in a telescope, at 10 p.m. February 10, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Morning Planets

The planets in the morning sky at 7 a.m. on February 11, 2016. Jupiter is far to the west. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn and moons

Saturn and its large satellite Titan and other moons as they should appear in a telescope at 7 a.m. February 11, 2016.

Comet Catalina

Comet Catalina’s path for the next week. Note that it is fading fast. It will take binoculars or a small telescope to spot the comet which will not show a tail visually. Created using Stellarium.

Planets at sunrise and sunset

This is a chart showing the sunrise and sunset skies for February 10, 2016 showing the location of the planets, the Moon and Comet Catalina at that time. Created using my LookingUp program.

Some of these images above are shown smaller than actual size.  Image expansion lately hasn’t worked.  If you are using Firefox, right-click on the image, and then click on View Image.

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