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05/19/2020 – Ephemeris – Venus will leave the evening sky in 15 days

19 May 2020, 04:01 UTC
05/19/2020 – Ephemeris – Venus will leave the evening sky in 15 days
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This is Ephemeris for Tuesday, May 19th. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 59 minutes, setting at 9:09, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:08. The Moon, 3 days before new, will rise at 5:25 tomorrow morning.
In 15 days Venus will leave the evening sky by passing between the Earth and the Sun in what astronomers call an inferior conjunction. Eight years ago, June 6th 2012, Venus went through another inferior conjunction. That time it passed directly between the Earth and the Sun so we could see the black spot that was Venus cross the face of the Sun as a rare Transit of Venus. Eight years before that, on June 8th 2004, we had another transit. However we will not see another in our lifetimes. The next one will occur in 2117. With the June 3rd conjunction Venus will pass north of the Sun from our vantage point, since Venus’ orbit is tilted a bit more than 3 degrees to the Earth’s orbit. So enjoy Venus while you can, unless you want to get up really early next month.
The event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be ...

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