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04/13/2016 – Ephemeris – What’s up with the bright planets this week?

April 13, 2016

Ephemeris for Wednesday, April 13th.  The Sun will rise at 7:01.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 24 minutes, setting at 8:26.   The Moon, at first quarter today, will set at 3:09 tomorrow morning.

Let’s see what the bright naked eye planets are up to.  Mercury is in the west-northwest, very low to the horizon, setting at 10:12 p.m.  The next 7 days will be the best time to spot it.  Jupiter is in the southeast in the evening, and will pass due south at 11:15 p.m., and will set at 5:48 a.m.  It’s below the stars of Leo this year.  Binoculars can make out some of Jupiter’s moons, but a telescope is required to see all four bright moons and Jupiter’s cloud features.  Mars will rise at 12:08 a.m. in the east-southeast.  It’s above Scorpius but is actually in western Ophiuchus now.  Saturn will rise at 12:38 a.m. in the east-southeast.  It’s just left of Mars.  Its rings are a telescopic treat.  Venus will rise at 6:37 a.m. and not really visible in the bright twilight.

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

Addendum

 

Mercury in twilight

Mercury at 9 p.m. April 13, 2016. At this time Mercury will be located at 284° azimuth and 11.5° altitude. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter, the Moon and the constellations

Jupiter, the Moon and the constellations visible at 10 p.m. April 13, 2016.. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Jupiter

Jupiter and its moons at 10 p.m. April 13, 2016. Jupiter has an apparent diameter of 42.7″ Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Moon

The Moon as it would appear tonight at 9 p.m. April 13, 2016. Created using Virtual Moon Atlas.

Mars & Saturn

Mars and Saturn with a preview of the summer constellations at 6 a.m., April 14, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn

Saturn and its moons at 6 a.m., April 14, 2016. Saturn’s apparent diameter is 17.7″ and the rings span 41.3″ Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Mars

Mars as seen in a large telescope with high power at 6 a.m., April 14 2016. Mars apparent diameter 13.5″. The central meridian will be 202° Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Mars map - North up.

Mars map – North up.

Planets at Sunrise and Sunset on April 13, 2016.

Planets at Sunrise and Sunset on April 13, 2016. If you are using Firefox right-click on the image and select View Image to enlarge the image.

 

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