04/20/2016 – Ephemeris – Two bright planets in the evening, and two in the morning
Ephemeris for Wednesday, April 20th. The Sun rises at 6:49. It’ll be up for 13 hours and 45 minutes, setting at 8:34. The Moon, 2 days before full, will set at 6:47 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 10:26 p.m. Mercury is fading now. Jupiter is in the southeast in the evening, and will pass due south at 10:46 p.m., and will set at 5:19 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 11:40 p.m. in the east-southeast. It’s above Scorpius but is actually in western Ophiuchus now. Saturn will rise at 12:09 a.m. in the east-southeast. It’s just left of Mars. Its rings are a telescopic treat. Venus will rise at 6:28 a.m. and not visible in the bright twilight.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.