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05/27/2020 – Ephemeris – Let’s look at the naked-eye planets for this week

May 27, 2020

This is Ephemeris for Wednesday, May 27th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 14 minutes, setting at 9:17, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:02. The Moon, 2 days before first quarter, will set at 1:49 tomorrow morning.

Let’s look at the naked-eye planets for this week. Venus is our evening star shining brightly in the northwest. It will be our evening star for only another week and defeated by twilight for most of that time. A tiny crescent can now be seen in binoculars. It will cross between the Earth and the Sun on June 3rd. It will set tonight at 10:16 p.m. It’s only 27.6 million miles (44.5 million km) away. Mercury is making an appearance above and left of Venus now. In the morning sky there are three planets in the south and southeast. Bright Jupiter will rise first at 12:39 a.m. Followed by Saturn at 12:54 a.m. Mars, is stretching its lead left of Saturn and will rise at 2:44 a.m. Its now down to 96 million miles (155 million km) away, as the Earth slowly overtakes it at the rate of about 5 million miles (8 million km) a week.

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


Venus & Mercury in twilight

Venus & Mercury in twilight tonight at 10 p.m. May 27, 2020. Created using Stellarium.

The Moon in a small telescope

The Moon in a small telescope this evening May 27, 2020 with some seas and craters labeled. Created using Stellarium.

The Morning planets

The Morning planets at 5 am. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic planets

The planets as seen in a telescope with the same magnification. Venus, Jupiter and Saturn on the night of May 27/28, 2020. Apparent diameters: Venus, 56.49″. larger than Jupiter, at 44.24″; Saturn, 17.70″, rings, 41.22″. Mars at 9.06″ 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 Chart).

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 27, 2020. The night ends on the left with sunrise on the 29th. 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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