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02/27/2019 – Ephemeris – All the classical planets from antiquity are now visible

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Ephemeris for Wednesday, February 27th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 3 minutes, setting at 6:27, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:22. The Moon, 1 day past last quarter, will rise at 3:46 tomorrow morning.

Let’s look at the planets for this week. We have two evening planets visible now. Tiny and elusive Mercury should be visible low in the west from about 7 p.m. to about 7:45 p.m. It should be visible for the next few days. Binoculars are a big help in spotting it. Mars will be in the west-southwestern sky this evening and will set at 11:44 p.m. In the morning sky we have Jupiter which will rise tomorrow at 3:05 a.m. It is second to Venus in brightness. Saturn will be next to rise at 4:57 a.m. It will be to the upper right of Venus which will rise at 5:31 a.m. tomorrow. In small telescopes Saturn will show its rings and Venus will show a small slightly gibbous moon shape which will shrink and grow more full over the next months

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


Evening planets

Mars and Mercury at 7 p.m. tonight February 17, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

Morning planets and the Moon at 6:30 a.m. Tomorrow February 28, 2019. The actual Moon image is below. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The moon as it might appear in binoculars tomorrow morning, February 28, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic planets

Jupiter, Saturn and Venus with the same magnification at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow morning February 28, 2019. Ganymede is behind Jupiter at that hour. See the table of Jupiter moon events tomorrow morning. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Satellite Event Date UT EST
Ganymede Eclipse start 28 Feb 2019 06:16
Ganymede Eclipse end 28 Feb 2019 08:21 3:21 a.m.
Europa Shadow start 28 Feb 2019 11:09 6:09 a.m.
Ganymede Occultation start 28 Feb 2019 11:13 6:13 a.m.
Ganymede Occultation end 28 Feb 2019 13:23
Europa Shadow end 28 Feb 2019 13:31
Europa Transit start 28 Feb 2019 13:34
Io Eclipse start 28 Feb 2019 13:42
Europa Transit end 28 Feb 2019 15:58
Io Occultation end 28 Feb 2019 17:06

Jupiter satellites will have a busy morning.  Events with EST times are visible from Northern Michigan.  Events with UT only times are visible in other longitudes in the western hemisphere.

Times are provided by the Project Pluto:

Planets and the Moon on a single night

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on February 27, 2019. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 28th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.