02/02/2017 – Ephemeris – Can you see the rabbit on the Moon?
Ephemeris for Ground Hog Day, Thursday, February 2nd. The Sun will rise at 7:59. It’ll be up for 9 hours and 53 minutes, setting at 5:53. The Moon, 1 day before first quarter, will set at 12:24 tomorrow morning.
The crescent Moon is in the southwestern sky. It is revealing a group of lunar seas, dark gray areas that portrays an upside down rabbit. From the top down are the seas Serenity as his body, the sea of Tranquility as his head. His two ears are different sizes, the larger is the Sea of Fertility, and the smaller ear is the Sea of Nectar. All of these seas seem to be connected. The unconnected sea is the Sea of Crises, a pretty good symbol for our times, but unconnected to our upside down rabbit. One word about the Latin names for these. The Latin name for a sea is Mare, spelled like the female horse but pronounced Mar-ē. The plural is Maria, spelled like the lady’s name but pronounced with the accent on the first syllable.
At 5:11 am EDT (10:11 UT) Venus and Mars will appear at their closest to each other at 5.4° or about 11 Moon diameters. From then on, Venus will back away. That is the Sun will overtake Venus faster than it will Mars. They will eventually pass each other on October 5, 2017.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
Search [rabbit in moon] in Google images for more artistic examples.