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04/24/2019 – Ephemeris – Looking at the bright planets this week

April 24, 2019 1 comment

Ephemeris for Wednesday, April 24th. Today the Sun will be up for 13 hours and 54 minutes, setting at 8:38, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:42. The Moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 2:16 tomorrow morning.

Let’s look at the planets for this week. Mars will be in the western sky this evening, above the V-shaped stars of the face of Taurus the bull. It will set at 12:18 a.m. In the morning sky we have Jupiter, in Ophiuchus, which will rise tomorrow at 12:39 a.m. in the east-southeast. Saturn will be next to rise at 2:27 a.m., also in the east-southeast. It is in Sagittarius. Tomorrow morning the Moon will be just right of the ringed planet. Venus will rise at 5:47 a.m. in the east. Venus will remain in our morning sky, though too close to the rising Sun to be easily glimpsed until August when it passes behind the Sun to enter the evening sky. It will be in position later this year to be our bright evening Christmas Star.

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

Addendum

Evening planets

Mars and the setting winter stars tonight at 9:30 p.m. April 24, 2019. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

Morning planets and Moon at 5:30 a.m. April 25, 2019. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The waning gibbous Moon at 5:30 a.m. April 25, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic Planets

Jupiter and Saturn with the same magnification at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow morning April 25, 2019. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

Note that the moon Io is transiting the planet at 5:30 a.m.  Io will not be that visible.  Here’s the timeline.

Moon Event Date UT EDT
Io Shadow start 25 Apr 2019 07:33 3:33 AM
Io Transit start 25 Apr 2019 08:32 4:42 AM
Io Shadow end 25 Apr 2019 09:45 5:45 AM
Io Transit end 25 Apr 2019 10:44 6:44 AM

Times supplied by the Pluto Project:  https://www.projectpluto.com/jevent.htm.

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 April 24, 2019. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 25th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.