Ephemeris for Wednesday, April 5th. The Sun will rise at 7:15. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 59 minutes, setting at 8:15. The Moon, 2 days past first quarter, will set at 5:04 tomorrow morning.
In the evening twilit sky tonight will feature the elusive planet Mercury. This tiny planet might be seen to the upper right of the Sun’s setting point starting about 9 p.m. It will set at 9:55 p.m. Mercury is getting rapidly fainter because it’s now exhibiting a diminishing crescent to us. It takes a good telescope and very steady skies to spot Mercury’s phase. Mars is still hanging on, in the west above and left of Mercury, and will set at 11:09 p.m. Jupiter will rise about sunset a half hour before the star Spica, which it will be seen to hang out with this year. Jupiter will be still seen in the morning sky low in the southwest at 6 a.m. Saturn then is in the south above the Teapot figure of Sagittarius. It will rise at 2:06 a.m. in the east-southeast.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
If you’d like to check out the Moon in a telescope tonight, check out this posting : https://bobmoler.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/03102014-ephemeris-observibg-the-moon-tonight-and-the-crater-copernicus/
A comet dramatically brightens
Universe today has lots more on the new Comet Lovejoy here: https://www.universetoday.com/134848/surprise-comet-e4-lovejoy-brightens/