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04/21/2015 – Ephemeris – The Moon will pass the Hyades star cluster today to pass near Venus tonight

April 21, 2015

Apr 21.  This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Tuesday, April 21st.  Today the Sun will be up for 13 hours and 46 minutes, setting at 8:35.   The Moon, 3 days past new, will set at midnight.  Tomorrow the Sun will rise at 6:47.

The moon, which was new last Saturday passed the face of the constellation Taurus the bull earlier today.  The face of Taurus is a letter V shape of stars which is the star cluster called the Hyades.  There’s a bright orange star that appears at the left tip of the V called Aldebaran, which actually doesn’t belong to the cluster.  At 9:30 the crescent Moon will have also just passed the brilliant planet Venus.  By then they will be nearly 8 degrees apart, which is a bit less than the width of a fist held at arm’s length.  The Moon, Venus and all the planets move very close along the path of the Sun in the sky, called the ecliptic.  Even so the Moon is now about 5 degrees south of the ecliptic and Venus about 2 degrees north of it.

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

Addendum

The Moon, Venus and the Hyades

The Moon with Venus and the Hyades at 9:30 p.m. April 21, 2015. Note the Pleiades on the right.  Created using Stellarium.

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