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05/06/2020 – Ephemeris – Let’s look at the naked-eye planets for this week

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This is Ephemeris for Wednesday, May 6th. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 29 minutes, setting at 8:54, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:23. The Moon, 1 day before full, will set at 6:46 tomorrow morning.

Let’s look at the naked-eye planets for this week. Venus is our evening star shining brightly in the west. It will set at 12:10 a.m. It’s closing in on the Sun in our sky, by approaching the Earth at only 37 million miles (59 million km) away. In the morning sky there are three planets fairly close together in the south-southeast. Bright Jupiter will rise first at 2:02 a.m. Followed by Saturn at 2:17 a.m. Mars, stretching its lead left of Saturn, will rise at 3:31 a.m. Mars is now down to 110 million miles (177 million km) away, as the Earth slowly overtakes it at the rate of about 4 million miles (7 million km) a week. Mars will be closest to us in October at 38 and a half million miles away. That’s only 3 million miles (5 million km) further than it was 2 years ago.

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

Addendum

Venus, the Moon and bright evening stars

Venus, the Moon and bright evening stars tonight at 10 p.m. May 6, 2020. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Binocular Moon

The nearly full Moon as it might be seen in binoculars at 10 p.m. tonight May 6, 2020. Created using Stellarium.

Morning planets

Morning planets in twilight at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, May 7, 2020. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic planets

The planets as seen in a telescope with the same magnification. Venus in the evening and Jupiter and Saturn in the morning on the night of May 6/7, 2020. Apparent diameters: Venus, 42.88″. larger than Jupiter, at 41.54″; Saturn, 17.12″, rings, 39.89″. Mars at 7.92″ won’t be added until it reaches 10″. The ” symbol means seconds of arc (1/3600th of a degree.) 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 6, 2020. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 7th. The closeness of Jupiter and Saturn in the morning sky unfortunately overlays planets and labels. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using my LookingUp program.

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