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06/07/2016 – Ephemeris – The Moon reappears in the evening sky

June 7, 2016

Ephemeris for Tuesday, June 7th.  Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 28 minutes, setting at 9:26, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:57.  The Moon, 3 days past new, will set at 11:41 this evening.

The  Moon tonight is a thin crescent with the night side faintly illuminated by the Earth.  The effect is called earthshine.   The small dark sea of Crises, or Mare Crisium, near the right edge of the moon will be cut in half by the moon’s terminator, its sunrise line.  Venus, which passed behind the Sun yesterday, though now an official evening planet probably won’t become easily visible till near the end of summer.  The evening sky now through mid July is a time where it seems that twilight never ends.  However for almost the next two weeks, we have the bright planets Jupiter, Mars and Saturn plus the Moon to help us forget the seemingly forever twilight blues.  After that we’ll have just the planets. Not a bad deal.

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


The Moon showing earthshine

The Moon showing earthshine at 10:30 p.m. June 7, 2016. Created using Virtual Moon Atlas.

Note:  The image, from Virtual Moon Atlas, has been rotated to show the approximate appearance in the sky of the Moon low in the southwest.  I didn’t attempt to add the sky brightness and color.

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