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05/04/2016 – Ephemeris – There are three bright planets out by midnight

May 4, 2016

Ephemeris for Wednesday, May 4th.  The Sun rises at 6:27.  It’ll be up for 14 hours and 24 minutes, setting at 8:52.   The Moon, 2 days before new, will rise at 5:59 tomorrow morning.

Let’s see what the bright naked eye planets are up to.  Mercury is too close to the Sun to be seen.  However next Monday it will be so close to the Sun that we’ll see it cross the Sun’s face.  Jupiter is in the south in the early evening, and will pass due south at 9:49 p.m., and will set at 4:23 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 10:33 p.m. in the east-southeast.  It’s still above its look-a-like star Antares, whose name means Rival of Mars.  Mars is getting closer to the Earth now, only 52.2 million miles.  5 and a half million miles to go.  Saturn will rise at 11:06 p.m. in the east-southeast.  It’s just left of Mars.

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

Addendum

Planets at midnight

Jupiter, Mars and Saturn at midnight 12:00 a.m. May 5, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and moons

Jupiter and its moons as they might be seen through a telescope at 12 midnight May 5, 2016. It’s 40.3″ in diameter. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Mars through a large telescope

Mars as it might be seen in a large telescope with high power at midnight May 5, 2016. Mars apparent diameter is 16.7″. The central meridian will be 26.77 degrees. Syrtis Major is the large feature in the north near the polar cap. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn and its moons

Saturn and its moons at midnight May 5, 2016. The apparent diameter of the planet will be 18.2″. The rings span 42.4″, a bit larger than the apparent diameter of Jupiter. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Sunset to sunrise on a single night

Planets at Sunrise and Sunset of a single night starting with sunset on the right on May 4, 2016. The night ends on the left with sunrise on May 5. I’ve also plotted the Eta Aquariid meteor shower radiant. If using Firefox right-click on the image and select View Image to enlarge the image. That goes for all the large images.

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