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05/08/2019 – Ephemeris – Let’s look at the bright planets for this week

May 8, 2019

Ephemeris for Wednesday, May 8th. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 32 minutes, setting at 8:55, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:22. The Moon, 3 days before first quarter, will set at 12:59 tomorrow morning.

Let’s look at the planets for this week. Mars will be in the western sky this evening, between Gemini and Taurus the bull. It will set at 12:07 a.m. In the morning sky we have Jupiter, in Ophiuchus, which will actually rise at 11:40 tonight in the east-southeast. Saturn will be next to rise at 1:32 a.m., also in the east-southeast. It’s in Sagittarius. Both planets are easily visible in the morning twilight. Venus will rise 53 minutes before the Sun in the east. It will remain in our morning sky, though too close to the rising Sun to be easily glimpsed. In August it will pass 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

Mars and the Moon

Mars and the Moon (at 3 times its actual size) tonight at 10 p.m. May 8, 2019. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The Moon as it might appear in binoculars or a small telescope tonight at 10 p.m. May 8, 2019. Created using Stellarium.

Morning Planets

Morning planets and Moon at 5:30 a.m. May 9, 2019. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic planets

Jupiter and Saturn with the same magnification at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow morning May 9, 2019. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

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 8, 2019. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 9th. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

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