Ephemeris Star Charts – February 2019

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The charts contain the entire dome of the sky as seen from around 45 degrees north latitude and at the dates and times for the locations listed below.

Planet positions are plotted for the 15th of the month. The moon is not shown. To track the planet positions at weekly intervals go to my Ephemeris Blog for my Wednesday posting at bobmoler.wordpress.com.

The charts contain the entire dome of the sky as seen from around 45 degrees north latitude and at the dates and times for the locations listed below.

February Evening Star Chart

Date

Grand Traverse region, Michigan - Eastern Time

1st.

10:00 p.m. EST

8th.

9:30 p.m. EDT

15th.

9:00 p.m. EDT

22nd.

8:30 p.m. EDT

29th.

8:00 p.m. EDT

February Morning Star Chart

For early birds I’m including a morning star chart too, which shows the stars we’ll see in the evening 3 months from now.

Date

Grand Traverse region, Michigan - Eastern Time

1st.

8:00 a.m. EST

8th.

6:30 a.m. EDT

15th.

6:00 a.m. EDT

22nd.

5:30 a.m. EDT

29th.

5:00 a.m. EDT

If you want to convert the above times for your locality in North America click here.

The outer edge of the chart is the horizon with the compass points marked. The chart is oriented as one is looking south. The constellation outlines in magenta are those of the Zodiac. The magenta line is the ecliptic, the path of the sun. The white line that passes through the east and west compass points is the celestial equator, above the earth's equator. The white lines that cross in the north at the north celestial pole are major right ascension lines and are like meridians on the earth.

All constellations shown have the standard three letter abbreviation. Not all constellations are shown, faint and small ones were deleted for overall clarity. The constellation abbreviations, names and bright star names are found here.

Also on the sky dome are helps to locate other stars and constellations from the Big Dipper, and asterisms.

Twilight

Traverse City

Morning twilight

Evening twilight

Dark night

Moon

Date

Astro.

Nautical

Nautical

Astro.

Start

End

Illum.

2019-02-01

6h22m

6h56m

18h55m

19h30m

19h30m

5h51m

0.09

2019-02-02

6h21m

6h55m

18h57m

19h31m

19h31m

6h21m

0.04

2019-02-03

6h20m

6h54m

18h58m

19h32m

19h32m

6h20m

0.01

2019-02-04

6h19m

6h53m

18h59m

19h33m

19h33m

6h19m

0

2019-02-05

6h18m

6h52m

19h01m

19h35m

19h35m

6h18m

0.01

2019-02-06

6h17m

6h51m

19h02m

19h36m

19h48m

6h17m

0.03

2019-02-07

6h16m

6h50m

19h03m

19h37m

20h48m

6h16m

0.08

2019-02-08

6h15m

6h49m

19h04m

19h38m

21h49m

6h15m

0.14

2019-02-09

6h14m

6h47m

19h06m

19h40m

22h50m

6h14m

0.21

2019-02-10

6h12m

6h46m

19h07m

19h41m

23h53m

6h12m

0.3

2019-02-11

6h11m

6h45m

19h08m

19h42m

-

6h11m

0.4

2019-02-12

6h10m

6h44m

19h10m

19h43m

0h57m

6h10m

0.51

2019-02-13

6h08m

6h42m

19h11m

19h45m

2h03m

6h08m

0.62

2019-02-14

6h07m

6h41m

19h12m

19h46m

3h11m

6h07m

0.73

2019-02-15

6h06m

6h40m

19h13m

19h47m

4h18m

6h06m

0.83

2019-02-16

6h04m

6h38m

19h15m

19h48m

5h22m

6h04m

0.91

2019-02-17

6h03m

6h37m

19h16m

19h50m

-

-

0.97

2019-02-18

6h02m

6h35m

19h17m

19h51m

-

-

0.97

2019-02-19

6h00m

6h34m

19h19m

19h52m

-

-

1

2019-02-20

5h59m

6h32m

19h20m

19h54m

-

-

0.99

2019-02-21

5h57m

6h31m

19h21m

19h55m

19h55m

21h05m

0.96

2019-02-22

5h55m

6h29m

19h22m

19h56m

19h56m

22h19m

0.9

2019-02-23

5h54m

6h28m

19h24m

19h57m

19h57m

23h31m

0.81

2019-02-24

5h52m

6h26m

19h25m

19h59m

19h59m

-

0.71

2019-02-25

5h51m

6h24m

19h26m

20h00m

20h00m

0h41m

0.61

2019-02-26

5h49m

6h23m

19h28m

20h01m

20h01m

1h47m

0.5

2019-02-27

5h47m

6h21m

19h29m

20h03m

20h03m

2h49m

0.4

2019-02-28

5h46m

6h20m

19h30m

20h04m

20h04m

3h46m

0.3

The above times calculated by the calendar function of Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts)

Monthly Evening Star Chart for Observers in the Southern Hemisphere

The chart contains the entire dome of the sky as seen from around 26 degrees south latitude at 2 hours after sunset on the 15th of the month.

Planet positions are also plotted for the 15th of the month. The moon is not shown. The Magellanic Clouds, which are satellite galaxies of the Milky Way. The Large Magellanic Cloud is located in the constellation Dorado (Dor) the Flying Fish. The Small Magellanic Cloud is located in the constellation of Tucana (Tuc) the Toucan.


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Updated 02/02/19