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04/30/2019 – Ephemeris – Previewing May skies

30 Apr 2019, 04:01 UTC
04/30/2019 – Ephemeris – Previewing May skies
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Ephemeris for Tuesday, April 30th. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 11 minutes, setting at 8:46, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:33. The Moon, half way from last quarter to new, will rise at 5:30 tomorrow morning.
Let’s look ahead at the month of May, the month when the promise of spring is finally fulfilled. Daylight hours in the Interlochen/Traverse City area will increase from 14 hours and 14 minutes Tomorrow to 15 hours 19 minutes on the 31st. The altitude, or angle, of the sun above the southern horizon at local noon will ascend from 60 degrees tomorrow to 67 degrees at month’s end. The altitude of the sun in the Straits area will be a degree lower than that. Local apparent noon this month, when the sun passes due south, will be about 1:38 p.m. Early this month we’ll have The Eta Aquariid meteor shower early in the morning. Mars is our only evening planet, falling way behind the Earth 217 million miles (349 million km) away at mid-month.
The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
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