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04/20/2016 – Ephemeris – Two bright planets in the evening, and two in the morning

April 20, 2016

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.

Addendum

Evening planets.

Mercury, Jupiter, the Moon and bright stars visible at 9:30 p.m. April 20, 2016.. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Jupiter

Jupiter and its moons as they might be seen through a telescope at 9:30 p.m. April 20, 2016. It’s 42.0″ in diameter. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Morning planets

The Moon, Mars and Saturn and the bright stars at 5:30 a.m. April 21, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Mars through a telescope

Mars as it might be seen in a large telescope with high power at 5:30 a.m., April 21 2016. Mars apparent diameter is 14.6″. The central meridian will be 233.11 degrees. Syrtis Major is at the extreme left of the planet. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Telescopic Saturn

Saturn and its moons at 5:30 a.m., April 21, 2016. The apparent diameter of the planet is 17.9″.  The rings span 41.7″, almost the apparent diameter of Jupiter.  Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Planets at Sunrise and Sunset on April 20, 2016.

Planets at Sunrise and Sunset on April 20, 2016. If you are using Firefox right-click on the image and select View Image to enlarge the image.

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