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02/01/2017 – Ephemeris – February’s first look at the planets

February 1, 2017

Ephemeris for Wednesday, February 1st.  The Sun will rise at 8:00.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 50 minutes, setting at 5:51.  The Moon, 2 days before first quarter, will set at 11:15 this evening.

Let’s check out the bright planets for this week.  Saturn can be glimpsed this morning in the southeast at 7 a.m.  It will rise tomorrow at 5 a.m. in the east-southeast.  Jupiter can be seen in the south-southwest this morning above the star Spica in Virgo.  Jupiter will rise tonight at 11:43 p.m.  Venus and Mars are in the evening sky. At 7 p.m. these planets will be seen in the southwestern sky.  Venus is unmistakable as the brilliant evening star,  Mars will be above and left of it and much dimmer, the Moon higher still and in line.  Mars will set at 10:14.  Venus itself will set at 9:52 p.m.  Venus exhibits a dazzling fat crescent in small telescopes now, but a month from now as it gets closer to Earth the thinning crescent will be big enough to be seen in binoculars.

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

Note:  If you are looking for the February Preview post check out yesterday’s post.

Addendum

Morning planets

Jupiter in the south above the star Spica with Saturn the southeast at 7 a.m. this morning, February 2, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and moons

Jupiter as it might appear in telescopes this morning at 7 a.m. February 1, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn and Titan as they might appear in telescopes this morning at 7 a.m. February 1, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn and Titan as they might appear in telescopes this morning at 7 a.m. February 1, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Venus, Mars and the Moon in the evening

Venus, Mars and the Moon in the evening twilight of about an hour after sunset, 7 p.m. February 1, 2017. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Venus

Venus as it might appear in a telescope tonight February 1, 2017. I processed the image to overexpose it as it would appear in a telescope. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

What the Moon might look like in binoculars tonight at 7 p.m. February 1, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Planets and Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night

Planets and Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on February 1, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on February 2. Click on image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

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