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05/27/2015 – Ephemeris – Let’s look at the bright planets for this week

May 27, 2015

Ephemeris for Wednesday, May 27th.  Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 12 minutes, setting at 9:16.   The Moon, 2 days past first quarter, will set at 3:28 tomorrow morning and tomorrow the Sun will rise at 6:03.

Lets take a look at the bright planets for this week.    Our brilliant evening star Venus is seen in the west by 9:30 p.m. In telescopes it will appear as a dazzling orb somewhat over half illuminated by the sun.  It will set at 12:46 a.m. Finally it’s beginning to set earlier.  The Sun is catching up with it.  Venus will reach its greatest angular separation from the Sun on June 6th.  Venus is seen below the stars Castor and Pollux in Gemini.  Jupiter will appear high in the west-southwestern sky before 10 p.m.  It will set at 1:48 a.m.  It’s near the sickle-shaped head of Leo the lion.  Saturn will be seen in the east southeastern sky as evening twilight deepens.  It’s in Scorpius this year.

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

Addendum

Evening planets

The evening planets and the Moon from west to east at 10:30 p.m. on May 27, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic planets

Apparent sizes of the planets Venus, Jupiter and Saturn compared for 10:30 p.m. on May 27, 2015. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).

Note above that the moon Io will be transiting Jupiter at 10:30 p.m.  It’s shadow is also projected on the planet.  Io will move off the planet at 11:06 p.m., and the shadow event will end at 12:18 a.m.

Moon

Telescopic view of the Moon at 10:30 p.m. on May 27,2015. Created using Virtual Moon Atlas.

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