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03/02/2016 – Ephemeris – The morning planet gang is breaking up

March 2, 2016

Ephemeris for Wednesday, March 2nd.  The Sun will rise at 7:17.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 14 minutes, setting at 6:32.   The Moon, 1 day past last quarter, will rise at 3:08 tomorrow morning.

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.  I won’t be able to say that next week.  Mercury is too close to the Sun and too dim to be spotted.  Jupiter will rise at 6:53 p.m., in the east.  Jupiter is going to be the morning sky defector as of next Tuesday.  It’s below the stars of Leo.  Mars will rise next at 12:59 a.m. in the east-southeast.  It’s seen against the stars of Libra now.  Saturn will rise at 2:23 a.m. in the east-southeast.  It’s above the stars of Scorpius, actually in Ophiuchus.  Venus will rise at 6:24 a.m. again in the east-southeast.  Mercury will pass behind the Sun in superior conjunction on the 23rd.

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


Jupiter in the evening

Jupiter and the rising spring constellations at 10 p.m. March 2, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Jupiter

Jupiter and its moons as they would be seen in a telescope, at 10 p.m. March 2, 2016. Jupiter has an apparent diameter of 44.4″ Created using Stellarium.

The morning planets and the Moon

The morning planets and the Moon with the bright stars at 6:45 a.m. March 3, 2016. Created using Stellarium.


Mars as might look through a large amateur telescope at 6:45 a.m. March 3, 2016. North is at top. Apparent diameter is 8.9″.

In the Mars map below the center of the map pretty well matches the center of the Mars image above.  The dark area to the upper left is Acidalia.  The There’s a long dark feature to the right that has a blob at the end.  The blob is Meridiani, where Mars’ prime meridian runs through.  It is Meridiani where Opportunity landed, marked be MER-B.

Mars Map

Annotated Mars Map. Credit NASA.

Telescopic Satrun

Saturn and its large satellite Titan and other moons as they should appear in a telescope in the morning of March 3, 2016. The planet is 16.6″ in diameter while the rings span 38.7″. Created using Stellarium.

Planets and the Moon at sunrise and sunset

This is a chart showing the sunrise and sunset skies for March 2, 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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