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05/09/2018 – Ephemeris – We’ve got two evening planets now

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Ephemeris for Wednesday, May 9th. The Sun rises at 6:21. It’ll be up for 14 hours and 35 minutes, setting at 8:57. The Moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 4:14 tomorrow morning.

It’s Wednesday again and time to look for the bright planets. Tada! We now have a second planet in the evening sky. More on that in a moment. Venus will be visible low in the western twilight from about 9:15 p.m. until it sets at 11:29. Jupiter is up before sunset in the southeast. Which makes it an evening planet. It is at its closest and its brightest at magnitude -2.5. Venus is at magnitude -3.9. Magnitudes are like golf scores, the lower the magnitude the brighter the object. Saturn will rise at 12:49 a.m., while Mars will rise at 2:05 a.m. At 5:30 tomorrow morning these three planets will be strung across the southern sky. Bright Jupiter will be in the southwest, dimmer Mars and Saturn will be in the south, with Mars to the left of Saturn.

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

Sorry, no graphics this  time.  I’m still fighting the flu bug.  It’s not a cold as I reported with Monday’s post but a full blown case of the flu.