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04/08/2015 – Ephemeris – It’s bright planet night on Ephemeris

April 8, 2015

Ephemeris for Wednesday, April 8th.  The Sun will rise at 7:11.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 7 minutes, setting at 8:18.   The Moon, 3 days before last quarter, will rise at 12:34 tomorrow morning.

Lets take a look at the bright planets for this week.  Our brilliant evening star Venus is high in the west by 9 p.m. It will set at 11:43 p.m.  Mars appears much lower and to the right of it.  The Red Planet will set tonight at 9:48.  Jupiter will appear high in the southeastern sky in the evening.  It will set at 4:52 a.m.  It’s near the sickle-shaped head of Leo the lion, and it’s the second brightest star-like object in the sky after Venus.  Three of the four moons will be visible in telescopes tonight, Callisto is behind Jupiter and will reappear at 4:42 a.m., shortly before Jupiter sets.  Early risers will be able to spot Saturn which will rise in the east-southeast at 12:01 a.m.  It will be low in the south at 5 to 6 a.m.

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

Addendum

Evening planets and constellations

The Moon, Jupiter, Venus and Mars and remaining winter constellations at 9:30 p.m. April 8, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Jupiter

Jupiter and three of its moons. Callisto is tagged, but is behind the planet at 9:30 p.m. April 8, 2015. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

Saturn and the Moon

Saturn and the Moon above Scorpius at 5:30 a.m. April 9, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn and moons

What Saturn and its moons might appear like in a telescope at 5:30 a.m., April 9, 2015. Small telescopes will show only the moon Titan. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

Binocular Moon

The Moon at 5:30 a.m. April 9, 2015. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

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