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05/03/2017 – Ephemeris – First look at the bright planets for May

May 3, 2017

Ephemeris for Wednesday, May 3rd.  The Sun rises at 6:29.  It’ll be up for 14 hours and 20 minutes, setting at 8:49.  The Moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 3:43 tomorrow morning.

Let’s take our weekly look at the bright planets.  Mars is still in the west after sunset and fading.  It’s approaching the star Aldebaran in Taurus now.  It will set at 11:01 p.m.  Not quite dominating the evening sky now due to the Moon is Jupiter in the southeast.  It’s seen above the bright blue-white star Spica.   In even the smallest telescopes Jupiter’s four largest moons can be seen.  They shift positions night to night and even as you watch.  Tonight early in the evening all 4 bright moons can be seen, but the one closest to Jupiter will disappear behind the planet at 10:11 p.m.  It will reappear on the other side at 12:48 a.m.  Jupiter will set at 5:36 a.m.  At 6 a.m. both Saturn and Venus will be in the morning twilight.  At 6 a.m. Saturn will appear to be a bit to the west of south compass point.  It will rise in the east-southeast at 12:13 a.m. tomorrow.  Venus will be low in the east at 6 a.m.  tomorrow morning after rising at 4:52.

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

Addendum

Mars in the west

Mars in the west with bright stars at 10 p.m. May 3, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and the Moon

Jupiter above Spica and the Moon with the bright stars 10 p.m. May 3, 2017. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The Moon as it might be seen in binoculars at 10 p.m. May 3, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter and its moons

Jupiter and its moons at 10 p.m. May 3, 2017. The moon Io here is about to be occulted, that is pass behind Jupiter, which it will do at 10:11 p.m. (2:11 UT the 4th) It will reappear at 12:58 a.m. (4:58 UT). Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Saturn and Venus at 6 a.m.

Saturn and Venus at 6 a.m. May 4, 2017 in morning twilight. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn and its moons

Saturn and its moons at 6 a.m. May 4, 2017. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Telescopic Venus

Venus as seen in a telescope at 6 a.m., May 4, 2017. Magnified much more than the other planet images seen here. Created using Stellarium.

Planets and the Moon on a single night

Planets and the Moon at sunset and sunrise of a single night starting with sunset on the right on May 3, 2017. The night ends on the left with sunrise on May 4. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

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