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02/22/2017 – Ephemeris – The planets this morning and tonight

February 22, 2017

Ephemeris for Wednesday, February 22nd.  The Sun will rise at 7:31.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 50 minutes, setting at 6:21.  The Moon, half way from last quarter to new, will rise at 5:33 tomorrow morning.

Let’s check out the bright planets for this week.  Saturn can be glimpsed this morning in the southeast before 7 a.m.  It will rise tomorrow at 3:45 a.m. in the east-southeast.  Jupiter can be seen in the south-southwest this morning above the star Spica.  The giant planet will rise tonight in the east at 10:22 p.m.  Venus and Mars are in the evening sky. At 7 p.m. these planets will be seen in the western sky.  Venus is unmistakable as the brilliant evening star,  Mars will be left and above it and much dimmer.  Venus will set at 9:45 p.m. while Mars will set at 10:13.  Venus exhibits a dazzling crescent in small telescopes now, but a month from now it will be too close to the Sun to be seen.

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

Addendum

Morning planets

Jupiter in the south above the star Spica with Saturn in the southeast and the crescent Moon further to the left at 7 a.m. this morning, February 22, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and moons in a telescope

Jupiter and its moons as they might appear in telescopes this morning at 6:30 a.m. February 22, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn and its moons

Saturn and its brightest moons as they might appear in telescopes this morning at 6:30 a.m. February 22, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Binocular Moon

The Moon as it might appear in binoculars at 6:30 a.m. this morning February 22, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Evening planets

Venus and Mars in the evening twilight of about an hour after sunset. at 7 p.m. tonight February 22, 2017. Venus is now drawing away from Mars as it heads toward and north of the Sun. Their apparent paths won’t cross again until October in the morning sky. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Venus

Venus as it might appear in a telescope tonight February 22, 2017. I processed the image to overexpose it as it would appear in a telescope. 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 22, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on February 23. Click on image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

 

 

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