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02/10/2021 – Ephemeris – Let’s have a lookout for the naked-eye planets for this week

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This is Ephemeris for Wednesday, February 10th. Today the Sun will be up for 10 hours and 14 minutes, setting at 6:04, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:48. The Moon, 1 day before new, will rise at 8:11 tomorrow morning.

Let’s have a lookout for the naked-eye planets for this week. It’s slim pickings for the bright naked-eye planets, known from antiquity, in our skies now. Only Mars can be spotted. The rest of them are hanging out in the direction of the Sun and won’t be seen until spring in the morning sky. Mars can be found high in the southwest at 8 pm. Mars is increasing its speed eastward through the constellation of Aries the ram, which it’s two thirds the way through, and will set at 1:38 am. Of the outer planets Mars is the fastest, being the nearest to the Sun, so unlike Jupiter, Saturn and the stars which rise and set about four minutes earlier each night, Mars sets about a minute earlier each night now.

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

Addendum

Mars with zodiacal constellations along its future path

Mars with zodiacal constellations along its future path with Orion as a prominent marker. The orange line is the ecliptic, the path of the Sun in the sky, and near which the planets can be found. Along with the constellation lines in blue are the official astronomical constellation boundaries in red. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Planets and the Moon on a single night sunset 02/10/21 to sunrise 02/11/21

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on February 10, 2021. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 11th. There is a planet traffic jam in the morning and the labels for Jupiter and Venus overlap. Unfortunately these planets rise too soon before the Sun to be seen for us up north. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

 

 

 

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