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

27 May 2020, 04:01 UTC
05/27/2020 – Ephemeris – Let’s look at the naked-eye planets for this week
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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.
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