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03/26/2019 – Ephemeris – Mars is approaching the Pleiades this week

March 26, 2019 Leave a comment

Ephemeris for Tuesday, March 26th. Today the Sun will be up for 12 hours and 27 minutes, setting at 8:02, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:33. The Moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 2:38 tomorrow morning.

Daylight time and spring time are catching up with us with the Sun setting now just after 8 p.m. By 9 p.m. tonight the brighter stars appear and most of the well known constellations will be recognizable. Looking off to the west at that time the famous star group of the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters will appear. Folks with good eyesight can see six or maybe even seven of its stars. Tonight, right below the Pleiades is a bright reddish star. It would be the 22nd of the first magnitude stars, except it’s not a star. It’s a wanderer, according to the ancient Greeks, one of seven*. They called it Ares the god of war. The Romans turned it into Mars. Over the week Mars will be closing in and passing by the Pleiades this weekend.

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

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Pleiades, Mars, zodiacal light

The western sky at 10:22 last night March 25, 2019. Mars appears below the Pleiades in zodiacal light. Credit, mine – Canon EOS Rebel T5 18mm f.l., f/3.5, 8 sec. ISO 12,800.

Mars passing the Pleiades

Mars tiptoeing past the Pleiades nightly from March 26th to April 1st, 2019 at 9 p.m. Looking west. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.

The letter V of stars to the left of the Pleiades is the Hyades, in mythology the half sisters to the Pleiades.  It is also the face of Taurus the bull.

* We get the word planet from the Greek planētes meaning wander.  Five are the classical planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.  The other two are the Sun and Moon.  The other celestial objects were the fixed stars.  Other things that appear in the sky, like comets, novae and meteors were thought to be in the Earth’s atmosphere.

03/20/2019 – Ephemeris – The first look, of spring, at the bright planets

March 20, 2019 Comments off

Ephemeris for Wednesday, March 20th. Today the Sun will be up for 12 hours and 8 minutes, setting at 7:55, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:44. The Moon, at full today, will rise at 7:35 this evening.

Let’s look at the planets for this week. Looking down we see the Earth which will reach a point in its orbit at 5:58 p.m. (21:58 UT) where spring will start. Mars will be in the west-southwestern sky this evening. It will set at 12:37 a.m. Mars is fading as the Earth, in its inner and faster orbit is leaving Mars behind. In the morning sky we have Jupiter which will rise tomorrow at 2:55 a.m. in the east-southeast It is second to Venus in brightness. Saturn will be next to rise at 4:40 a.m., also in the east-southeast. Venus will rise at 6:26 a.m. also in the east-southeast By 7 in the morning they will be strung out from the southeast to the south. They will be a beautiful sight as morning twilight advances.

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

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Mars and the Moon in the evening

Mars and the Moon and the bright stars on the first day of spring at 9 p.m. March 20, 2019. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The full moon, and super moon at that, at 9 p.m. March 20, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

Morning planets and the constellations at 7 a.m. tomorrow March 21, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic planets

Jupiter, Saturn and Venus with the same magnification at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning March 21, 2019. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

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 March 20, 2019. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 21st. Note the motion of the Moon from sunrise and sunset. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

03/13/2019 – Ephemeris – Let’s find the bright planets for this week

March 13, 2019 Comments off

Ephemeris for Wednesday, March 13th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 46 minutes, setting at 7:46, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:57. The Moon, 1 day before first quarter, will set at 3:06 tomorrow morning.

Let’s look at the planets for this week. We are back to one evening planet visible now. Mars will be in the west-southwestern sky this evening and will set at 12:39 a.m. Mars is fading as the Earth, in its inner and faster orbit is leaving Mars behind at 175 million miles (282 million km) away. In the morning sky we have Jupiter which will rise tomorrow at 3:20 a.m. in the east-southeast It is second to Venus in brightness. Saturn will be next to rise at 5:06 a.m., also in the east-southeast It will be to the upper right of Venus which will rise at 6:30 a.m. By 7 in the morning they will be strung out from the southeast to the south. They will be a beautiful sight as morning twilight advances.

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

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Mars and the Moon in the evening

Mars and the Moon with the brighter stars at 9 p.m. March 13, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

Tonight's Moon

The Moon as it might appear in binoculars or a small telescope tonight at 9 p.m. March 13, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

Morning planets and the constellations at 7 a.m. Tomorrow March 14, 2019. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic planets

Jupiter, Saturn and Venus with the same magnification at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning March 14, 2019. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

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 March 13, 2019. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 14th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

 

03/06/2019 – Ephemeris – Looking at the bright naked eye planets for this week

March 6, 2019 Comments off

Ephemeris for Ash Wednesday, March 6th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 25 minutes, setting at 6:36, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:10. The Moon is new today, and won’t be visible.

Let’s look at the planets for this week. We have two evening planets visible now. Tiny and elusive Mercury is really hard to spot low in the west from about 7 p.m. until it sets at 7:52 p.m. It is fading fast. Binoculars are the only way to spot it now. Mars will be in the west-southwestern sky this evening and will set at 11:42 p.m. Mars too is fading. In the morning sky we have Jupiter which will rise tomorrow at 2:45 a.m. It is second to Venus in brightness. Saturn will be next to rise at 4:32 a.m. It will be to the upper right of Venus which will rise at 5:32 a.m. tomorrow. By 6 in the morning they will be string out from the southeast to the south. They will be a beautiful sight as morning twilight advances.

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

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Evening planets

Mars and Mercury at 7:15 p.m. tonight March 6, 2019. I had to increase the star and planet brightness to make Mercury appear in the bright twilight because it has dropped to second magnitude. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

Morning planets and the constellations at 6 a.m. Tomorrow March 7, 2019. Click on image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic planets

Jupiter, Saturn and Venus with the same magnification at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning March 7, 2019. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

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 March 6, 2019. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 7th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

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

February 27, 2019 Comments off

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.

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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:  https://www.projectpluto.com/jevent.htm.

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.

02/20/2019 – Ephemeris – Theoretical all 5 bright planets are now visible

February 20, 2019 Comments off

Ephemeris for Wednesday, February 20th. Today the Sun will be up for 10 hours and 42 minutes, setting at 6:18, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:34. The Moon, 1 day past full, will rise at 7:47 this evening.

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 for about a half hour after 7 p.m. It should be visible for a little over a week. Binoculars are a big help in spotting it. Mars will be in the southwestern sky this evening and will set at 11:46 p.m. In the morning sky we have Jupiter which will rise tomorrow at 3:32 a.m. It is second to Venus in brightness. Saturn will be next to rise at 5:22 a.m. It is just to the right of Venus which will rise at 5:29 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.

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Evening planets

Mars, Mercury and bright stars in twilight at 7 p.m. February 20, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

Morning planets and the Moon at 6:30 a.m. February 21, 2019. Click on the image to enlarge. created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The waning gibbous Moon as it should appear tomorrow morning with binoculars. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic planets

Jupiter, Saturn and Venus with the same magnification at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow morning February 21, 2019. See the table of Jupiter moon events tomorrow morning. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Satellite Event Date UT EST Notes
Ganymede Occultation start 21 Feb 2019 07:05:00 AM 2:05 a.m. Not visible from Michigan
Europa Shadow start 21 Feb 2019 08:36:00 AM 3:36 a.m.
Ganymede Occultation end 21 Feb 2019 09:15:00 AM 4:15 a.m.
Europa Transit start 21 Feb 2019 10:57:00 AM 5:57 a.m.
Europa Shadow end 21 Feb 2019 10:58:00 AM 5:58 a.m.
Io Eclipse start 21 Feb 2019 11:49:00 AM 6:49 a.m.
Europa Transit end 21 Feb 2019 01:21:00 PM 8:27 a.m. Not visible from Michigan

Jupiter satellite events are from https://www.projectpluto.com/jevent.htm

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 20, 2019. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 21st. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

02/13/2019 – Ephemeris – Let’s look at the bright planets for this week

February 13, 2019 Comments off

Ephemeris for Wednesday, February 13th. Today the Sun will be up for 10 hours and 21 minutes, setting at 6:08, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:44. The Moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 3:10 tomorrow morning.

Let’s look at the planets for this week. Our only evening planet visible now is Mars. It will be in the southwestern sky this evening and will set at 11:48 p.m. Mercury should become visible next week. In the morning sky we have Jupiter which will rise tomorrow at 3:55 a.m. It is second to Venus in brightness, and now is west of Venus. In small telescopes up to four of Jupiter’s moons are visible. Venus, which is about to pass Saturn next Monday morning, will rise at 5:24 a.m. tomorrow. In small telescopes it is a smalls slightly gibbous moon shape. Its phase will now grow more toward full as its size shrinks as it moves around and behind the Sun. Saturn will rise at 5:47 a.m. tomorrow in the east-southeast.

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

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Evening planets

Mars and the Moon tonight at 8 p.m. February 13, 2019. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Mars and Uranus

Mars and Uranus as it would be seen in binoculars or small telescope at 8 p.m. February 13, 2018. The planets will be about a degree apart (2 Moon widths). Created using Stellarium.

Moon and Aldebaran

The Moon and Aldebaran at 8 p.m. February 13, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

Morning Planets

The morning planets at 6:30 a.m. February 14, 2019. Saturn is joining Venus and Jupiter. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Planets

Venus, Jupiter and Saturn with the same magnification at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow morning February 14, 2019. The moon Io is behind the planet at that time. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

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 13, 2019. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 14th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.