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06/08/2020 – Ephemeris – Tomorrow’s Moon and the morning planets

June 8, 2020

This is Ephemeris for Monday, June 8th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 29 minutes, setting at 9:26, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:57. The Moon, 3 days past full, will rise at 12:28 tomorrow morning.

This afternoon the Moon will pass south of Jupiter, and this evening it will pass south of Saturn. By tomorrow morning the Moon will be to the lower left of both of them. However to see them one should get up by 5 am. By 5:30 the planets will be pretty much lost in twilight. The Moon should still be easily visible low in the south at that time. A careful observer, over time, may notice that both Jupiter and Saturn are moving slowly westward, rather than their normal eastward movement. We call this motion retrograde motion. This motion baffled the ancient Greeks, who thought the Earth to be stationary and the planets moved uniformly in perfect circles. They kind of solved it by adding smaller circles to the original ones.

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

Addendum

Moon and morning planets

The Moon and morning planets at 5 a.m. tomorrow morning in the eastern US at 5 am, June 12, 2020. Created using Stellarium.

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