Posts Tagged ‘Comet’

12/03/2015 – Ephemeris – The Moon will pass by the morning planets in the next few days

December 3, 2015 Comments off

Ephemeris for Thursday, December 3rd.  The Sun will rise at 8:01.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 1 minute, setting at 5:03.   The Moon, at last quarter today, will rise at 1:11 tomorrow morning.

The Moon will be making a grand procession by the morning planets in the next few days, culminating with passing in front of Venus just after noon on Monday.  This morning the Moon is approaching Jupiter to its lower left.  By tomorrow morning Jupiter will be just above the Moon.  Saturday morning the Moon will be approaching Mars, 12 of its diameters to its lower left.  Sunday morning finds the crescent Moon between Mars and Venus with Mars 8 diameters above and right of the Moon.  Monday Morning at 6 a.m. the Moon will be closing on Venus, with the brilliant planet just 4 moon diameters below left of the thin crescent Moon.  Sharp eyed binocular and telescopic observers will be able see the Moon occult Venus after noon.

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



Animation of the Moon’s passage by the morning planets and Comet Catalina from December 2nd through the 7th, 2015. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.

Look quick! A new comet escapes the Sun

February 26, 2015 Comments off

A sun grazing comet was discovered in SOHO chronograph images.  And unlike Comet ISON 15 months ago which checked in but didn’t check out.  This one escaped to possibly become visible in our evening sky.  It was the 2875th comet discovered on SOHO chronograph images.  Usually it ends there, but the comet, now named C/2015 D1 (SOHO).

Comet track

Hot off the press. Comet 2015 D1 was part of the download of comet elements this afternoon. Here’s the track with estimated magnitudes for tonight and the next week. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

A more comprehensive post from Universe Today is here.


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