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03/01/2017 – Ephemeris – It’s Bright Planet Wednesday!

March 1, 2017 2 comments

Ephemeris for Ash Wednesday, Wednesday, March 1st.  The Sun will rise at 7:19.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 11 minutes, setting at 6:30.  The Moon, 3 days past new, will set at 10:14 this evening.

Let’s check out the bright planets for this week.  Saturn can be glimpsed this and tomorrow mornings in the southeast before 6:30 a.m.  It will rise tomorrow at 3:19 a.m. in the east-southeast.  Jupiter can be seen in the southwest these mornings above the star Spica, and later tonight.  The giant planet will rise in the east at 9:52 p.m.  Venus and Mars are in the evening sky. At 7:30 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.  The Moon will be left of it tonight..  Venus will set at 9:26 p.m. while Mars will set at 10:13.  Venus exhibits a dazzling crescent in small telescopes and binoculars now.

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

Addendum

Evening Planets

Venus. Mars and the Moon in the west at 7:30 p.m. March 1, 2017. The Moon is twice its actual size for clarity. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Venus

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

Binocular Moon

The crescent Moon with earth shine as it might look in binoculars. 7:30 p.m. March 1, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Morning Planets

Jupiter in the southwest above the star Spica with Saturn in the south at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, Match 2, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and its moons as they might appear in telescopes tomorrow morning at 6:30 a.m. March 2, 2017.  Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Jupiter and its moons as they might appear in telescopes tomorrow morning at 6:30 a.m. March 2, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn and its moons

Saturn and its brightest moons as they might appear in telescopes tomorrow morning at 6:30 a.m. March 2, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

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 March 1, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on March 2. Click on image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.