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02/23/2016 – Ephemeris – The king of the planets is planning to conquer the evening sky. Tonight its enlisting help from the Moon.

February 23, 2016

Ephemeris for Tuesday, February 23rd.  The Sun will rise at 7:31.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 50 minutes, setting at 6:21.   The Moon, 1 day past full, will rise at 7:32 this evening.

Rising with the Moon tonight will be the planet Jupiter which will appear to the left of the Moon as they rise, to the upper left of the  Moon at 10 p.m. and above the Moon at midnight.  NASA’s Juno spacecraft, launched in 2011, is planned to arrive at Jupiter on July 4th this year.  No, it’s not a coincidence.  It will orbit the planet for nearly two years.  It’s the only solar-powered spacecraft that can operate as far from the Sun as Jupiter, which is 5 times farther from the Sun as the Earth, which gets one 5th squared or one twenty-fifth the intensity of sunlight.  It has 3 huge solar panels making the spacecraft 66 feet wide.  It’s mission is about Jupiter, its internal structure, atmosphere and magnetic and radiation fields.

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

Addendum

Jupiter and the Moon

Jupiter and the Moon animation. Note their change in position relative to each other at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Chart) and GIMP.

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Closeup of Jupiter and the Moon

Closeup of Jupiter and the Moon at 10 p.m., February 23, 2016. The Moon is a whole lot brighter, and Jupiter dimmer than what’s shown here. Created using Stellarium.

Juno Spacecraft

The Juno spacecraft. Credit: NASA.

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