05/11/2016 – Ephemeris – Three of the bright planets are seen before midnight
Ephemeris for Wednesday, May 11th. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 41 minutes, setting at 9:00. The Moon, 2 days before first quarter, will set at 1:48 tomorrow morning. Tomorrow the Sun will rise at 6:17.
Let’s see what the bright naked eye planets are up to. Mercury is now officially in the morning sky but too close to the Sun to be seen. Jupiter is in the south in the early evening, and will pass due south at 9:22 p.m., and will set at 3:55a.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 50 million miles away It will be closest on the 30th. Saturn will rise at 10:41 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.