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