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02/24/2016 – Ephemeris – The planets are all hanging out in the morning for another 2 weeks

February 24, 2016

Ephemeris for Wednesday, February 24th.  The Sun will rise at 7:29.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 53 minutes, setting at 6:23.   The Moon, 2 days past full, will rise at 8:31 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.  Though Mercury is too close to the Sun to be spotted.  Jupiter will rise at 7:25 p.m., in the east.  Jupiter is still a morning planet since it’s not up at sunset.  It’s among the stars of Leo.  Mars will rise next at 1:12 a.m. in the east-southeast.  It’s seen against the stars of Libra now.  Saturn will rise at 2:49 a.m. in the east-southeast.  It’s above the stars of Scorpius, actually in Ophiuchus.  Venus will rise at 6:27 a.m. again in the east-southeast.  Comet Catalina is up all night and is a telescopic object and fading fast.  At 10 p.m. is above the constellation of Cassiopeia and right of Perseus.

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

Addendum

Jupiter and the Moon

Jupiter, the Moon in the official constellation boundaries as set up by the International Astronomical Union at 10 p.m. February 24, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Jupiter

Jupiter and its moons as they would be seen in a telescope, at 10 p.m. February 24, 2016. Jupiter has an apparent diameter of 44.2″ Created using Stellarium.

Moon in binoculars

The Moon as it might be seen in binoculars at 10 p.m. February 24, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

The morning planets with constellation boundaries at 7 a.m. February 25, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Mars

Mars in a telescope at high power. It’s apparent diameter is 8.4″. At 7 a.m. February 25, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Saturn

Saturn and its large satellite Titan and other moons as they should appear in a telescope in the morning of February 25, 2016. The planet is 16.4″ in diameter while the rings span 38.2″. Created using Stellarium.

The telescopic planet images are not to the same scale.  Use the diameters in seconds of arc (“) as a way to compare the sizes.

Comet Catalina has become too faint to be seen in binoculars as it heads out of the solar system.  To follow the comet further go to Seiichi Yashida’s Weekly Bright Comets page. Comet Catalina is n longer the brightest comet on the list, and is currently listed second.  Click on it [C/2013 US10 ( Catalina )] for finder charts and other information.

Planets in the morning and the evening

This is a chart showing the sunrise and sunset skies for February 24, 2016 showing the location of the planets and the Moon 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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