This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Arbor Day, Friday, April 30th. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 13 minutes, setting at 8:46, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:32. The Moon, 3 days before last quarter, will rise at 1:34 tomorrow morning.
The month of May starts tomorrow, when spring really gets going. Daylight hours in the Interlochen/Traverse City area will increase from 14 hours and 15 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 61 degrees now to 67 degrees at month’s end. The altitude of the Sun in the Straits area will be a degree lower than that, but your daylight hours will be a few minutes longer. Local apparent noon this month, when the Sun passes due south, will be about 1:38 p.m. This is the month of the Eta Aquariid meteor shower which will reach its peak next week Thursday morning. There will be about a 2-hour viewing period starting at 3:15 am. We will get a chance to see the beginning of a lunar eclipse near sunrise on Wednesday the 26th.