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