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02/11/2022 – Ephemeris – The Sun Rises on the Moon’s Bay of Rainbows

February 11, 2022 Comments off

This is Ephemeris for Friday, February 11th. Today the Sun will be up for 10 hours and 16 minutes, setting at 6:05, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:47. The Moon, 3 days past first quarter, will set at 5:34 tomorrow morning.

On the moon tonight, the gibbous phase and the terminator on the left side of the moon is revealing a large semicircular mountain range called the Jura Mountains that encloses a flat lava plain that looks like a bay in the margin of the Sea of Showers or Mare Imbrium. It is easily visible in binoculars this evening, when the sunrise line is crossing the bay. The Jura Mountains will appear as a hook out of the upper left edge of the moon. That’s about the coolest sight that’s visible on the moon that can be seen with binoculars. It’s especially striking if seen in a small telescope.

Also, related to the Moon: The Artemis-1 uncrewed mission to orbit the Moon has been pushed off at least one month or more, to this April or even May.

Addendum

Sunrise at Sinus Iridium, full Moon disc

Sunrise at Sinus Iridium, full Moon disc with annotations. Click on the image to enlarge it. Moon image created using Stellarium.