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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.

02/06/2019 – Ephemeris – Saturn is back, and a look at some other bright planets

February 6, 2019 Comments off

Ephemeris for Wednesday, February 6th. Today the Sun will be up for 10 hours and 2 minutes, setting at 5:58, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:54. The Moon, 2 days past new, will set at 7:47 this evening.

Let’s look at the planets for this week. Our only evening planet Mars will be in the southwestern sky this evening and will set at 11:50 p.m. It’s too far away to see much detail in a small telescope. In the morning sky we have Jupiter which will rise tomorrow at 4:17 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 will rise at 5:17 a.m. tomorrow. In small telescopes it is a featureless slightly gibbous moon shape. Its phase will now grow more toward full as its size shrinks as it continues its long journey around and behind the Sun. Saturn is making an appearance in morning twilight rising at 6:12 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 evening constellations tonight at 8 p.m. February 6, 2019. Note the faint planet Uranus near Mars.  They will appear only a degree apart next Wednesday night for a telescopic treat. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Morning Planets

Jupiter, Venus, and the rising Saturn at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning February 7, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Planets

Venus and Jupiter with the same magnification at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning February 7, 2019. Io is just peeking out on the lower left edge, though not quite showing up in this chart. 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 6, 2019. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 7th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

10/23/2018 – Ephemeris – Uranus is at opposition from the Sun today

October 23, 2018 Comments off

Ephemeris for Tuesday, October 23rd. The Sun will rise at 8:08. It’ll be up for 10 hours and 36 minutes, setting at 6:44. The Moon, 1 day before full, will set at 7:48 tomorrow morning.

Later tonight the planet Uranus will reach opposition from the Sun. This is also about the time it is closest to the Earth at 18.9 Astronomical Units, or 18.9 times the Earth’s distance from the Sun, or 1.8 billion miles away. Uranus now is just barely visible to the naked eye by those with perfect vision at magnitude 5.7. It is fairly easy to spot in binoculars as a blue-green star. There are no blue-green stars. However it is in a rather star poor part of the sky. It is close to the bright Moon tonight, so I’d wait until Sunday night to try to spot it in dark skies. Then Uranus will be in the east at 9 p.m. below and right of the rightmost star of the three brightest stars of the constellation Aries. About half way from that star to the bottom leftmost star of Pisces. Uranus was the first new planet found since antiquity by William Herschel in 1781.

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

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Wide view of Uranus finder chart
Wide view of Uranus finder chart looking east at 9 p.m. Sunday October 28, 2018. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).
Narrow view of Uranus finder chart
Narrow view of Uranus finder chart looking east at 9 p.m. Sunday October 28, 2018. It shows stars down to 9th magnitude. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).