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All 5 manifest planets putting on morning shows

Step divided from that sleet shovel. Give your wintry, Snowzilla 2016 fatigue a vast break, as we can still locate all 5 manifest planets in a morning for a subsequent few weeks.

Let’s start in a evening: Jupiter rises in a easterly about 8:40 p.m., and you’ll find this hulk world nearby a behind legs of a constellation Leo a lion. It’s a bright, simply manifest intent during disastrous 2.4 magnitude. Find it due south about 3 a.m., and before dawn, find that Jupiter has scooted to a west-southwestern sky.

By mid-February, agreeably plump Jupiter rises during 7:35 p.m., and during month’s end, locate it rising during 6:30 p.m., and afterwards due south about 1 a.m. That loss gibbous moon loiters with Jupiter on a night of Feb. 23-24.

Next in a celestial cavalcade, Mars ascends a eastern heavens only after 1 a.m., found in a constellation Libra. It’s a low initial bulk planet. Early Monday morning, see a final entertain moon befriending Mars, a trusty, rusty red adjacent world that crosses by Libra for a whole month.

The large, ringed world Saturn rises in a southeast about 3:30 a.m. as a 0 bulk intent – manifest in urban-light pollution, sitting in a constellation Ophiuchus (pronounced OH-fee-you-cuss.) A loss crescent moon joins a ringed world Wednesday morning if we gawk south. At month’s end, a world rises around 1:45 a.m.

Just before dawn, Venus makes a grand coming in a east-southeastern sky unresolved out in Sagittarius. Earth’s radiant neighbor is seen during disastrous fourth magnitude, really bright. It rises about 5:25 a.m., high in a southeast before dawn. As a month gets older, a object seems to rinse out some-more of Venus’s morning party.

Rounding out a 5 manifest planets, a fleet-footed Mercury – a fastest world in a solar system, orbiting a object each 88 days – rises during 5:45 a.m., morning twilight. This rapid world – during 0 bulk – is nearby a east-southeastern horizon. You won’t find Mercury in a second half of February.

While that groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pa., surmises vernal visions Tuesday, it’s an unaccepted median indicate of winter. Astronomical winter hits a central mid symbol Thursday during 11:39 a.m. Eastern time, according to information collected from a U.S. Naval Observatory. With sleet around us, demeanour brazen to open on Mar 20.

Down-to-Earth Events:

● Feb. 5 — “The Icy Heart of Pluto,” a speak by astronomy highbrow Doug Hamilton, during a University of Maryland’s Observatory, College Park. 8 p.m. After a talk, suffer celestial tours by telescopes. www.astro.umd.edu/openhouse.

● Feb. 5 — “Improving a Tick-Tock of a Atomic Clock: Telling Time to an Accuracy of One Second in a Lifetime of a Universe,” a harangue by Andrew Ludlow, physicist and plan personality during a National Institute of Standards and Technology. Hosted by a Washington Philosophical Society during a John Wesley Powell Auditorium, adjacent to a Cosmos Club, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. 8 p.m. philsoc.org.

● Feb. 13 — “Gamma Ray Bursts and Precious Metals,” a speak by astrophysicist Brad Cenko, during a unchanging assembly of a National Capital Astronomers, who accommodate during a University of Maryland Observatory, College Park. 7:30 p.m. capitalastronomers.org.

● Feb. 14 — Timothy Rodigas of a Carnegie Institution of Washington talks about exoplanets (planets approach over a solar system) during a unchanging assembly of a Northern Virginia Astronomy Club, 163 Research Hall, George Mason University. 7 p.m. novac.com.

● Feb. 20 — “Exploration with Small Spacecraft,” a speak by NASA researcher Tilak Hewagama during a University of Maryland’s Observatory, College Park. Visually run by a origination with telescopes afterward, continue permitting. 8 p.m. www.astro.umd.edu/openhouse.

● Feb. 26 — “A New Moon Rises,” a new exhibit, opens during a National Air Space Museum on a Mall. The vaunt unveils images of a thespian moonscapes taken by a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. airandspace.si.edu.

● Feb. 27 — “African Skies,” a module that explains origination misconceptions from Africa and how American slaves found their approach to leisure by following a “Drinking Gourd” – a constellation we know as a Big Dipper. The display will be during 100 Science North Building, Montgomery College, Takoma Park, 7 p.m. (The college’s planetarium is being reconfigured.)

Blaine Friedlander can be reached during postskywatch@gmail.com.

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