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May 2, 2012

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31 Days
Moon
Illum.
percent
Mercury
Elong.
degs
Mercury
Dist.
AU
Venus
Elong.
degs
Venus
Dist.
AU
Mars
Elong.
degs
Mars
Dist.
AU
Jupiter
Elong.
degs
Jupiter
Dist.
AU
Saturn
Elong.
degs
Saturn
Dist.
AU
Uranus
Elong.
degs
Uranus
Dist.
AU
Neptune
Elong.
degs
Neptune
Dist.
AU
Wed  2 76.8% 23.77 1.0586 38.87 0.4376 113.40 0.9515 8.45 5.9929 163.03 8.7735 34.52 20.9083 69.81 30.3810
Thurs  3 85.8% 23.23 1.0737 38.34 0.4306 112.63 0.9592 7.72 5.9955 161.99 8.7785 35.44 20.8987 70.76 30.3651
Fri  4 93.1% 22.65 1.0888 37.78 0.4238 111.87 0.9669 6.99 5.9980 160.96 8.7837 36.36 20.8890 71.71 30.3492
Sat  5 97.9% 22.04 1.1037 37.19 0.4170 111.12 0.9746 6.26 6.0002 159.93 8.7893 37.28 20.8791 72.67 30.3331
Sun  6 99.9% 21.39 1.1186 36.58 0.4104 110.38 0.9824 5.53 6.0022 158.89 8.7951 38.20 20.8689 73.62 30.3169
Mon  7 98.8% 20.72 1.1333 35.93 0.4038 109.65 0.9902 4.81 6.0041 157.86 8.8012 39.12 20.8585 74.57 30.3006
Tues  8 94.8% 20.00 1.1478 35.25 0.3973 108.92 0.9980 4.09 6.0057 156.83 8.8076 40.04 20.8479 75.52 30.2843
Wed  9 88.2% 19.26 1.1621 34.54 0.3909 108.21 1.0058 3.37 6.0072 155.80 8.8143 40.96 20.8371 76.48 30.2679
Thurs  10 79.7% 18.48 1.1762 33.80 0.3847 107.50 1.0137 2.66 6.0084 154.77 8.8212 41.88 20.8261 77.43 30.2515
Fri  11 69.9% 17.67 1.1900 33.02 0.3786 106.80 1.0216 1.97 6.0095 153.75 8.8284 42.80 20.8149 78.38 30.2349
Sat  12 59.5% 16.82 1.2035 32.21 0.3726 106.11 1.0295 1.31 6.0103 152.72 8.8359 43.72 20.8035 79.33 30.2184
Sun  13 49.0% 15.95 1.2166 31.35 0.3667 105.43 1.0374 0.80 6.0110 151.69 8.8436 44.64 20.7919 80.29 30.2017
Mon  14 38.9% 15.03 1.2292 30.47 0.3610 104.76 1.0453 0.79 6.0114 150.67 8.8516 45.57 20.7801 81.24 30.1850
Tues  15 29.5% 14.09 1.2414 29.54 0.3555 104.09 1.0533 1.29 6.0117 149.65 8.8599 46.49 20.7681 82.19 30.1683
Wed  16 21.0% 13.11 1.2530 28.57 0.3501 103.43 1.0612 1.94 6.0117 148.63 8.8684 47.41 20.7559 83.15 30.1515
Thurs  17 13.8% 12.11 1.2640 27.57 0.3448 102.78 1.0692 2.63 6.0116 147.61 8.8771 48.33 20.7435 84.10 30.1347
Fri  18 7.9% 11.07 1.2743 26.53 0.3398 102.13 1.0772 3.33 6.0113 146.59 8.8862 49.25 20.7310 85.05 30.1179
Sat  19 3.5% 10.00 1.2838 25.44 0.3349 101.49 1.0851 4.05 6.0107 145.57 8.8954 50.17 20.7182 86.01 30.1011
Sun  20 0.9% 8.90 1.2924 24.32 0.3303 100.86 1.0931 4.76 6.0100 144.55 8.9049 51.09 20.7053 86.96 30.0842
Mon  21 0.0% 7.78 1.3001 23.16 0.3258 100.24 1.1011 5.48 6.0090 143.54 8.9147 52.02 20.6922 87.92 30.0673
Tues  22 0.9% 6.63 1.3067 21.96 0.3215 99.62 1.1091 6.20 6.0079 142.53 8.9247 52.94 20.6790 88.87 30.0504
Wed  23 3.6% 5.47 1.3122 20.72 0.3175 99.01 1.1171 6.92 6.0066 141.51 8.9349 53.86 20.6656 89.82 30.0335
Thurs  24 8.1% 4.29 1.3165 19.44 0.3137 98.40 1.1251 7.65 6.0051 140.50 8.9454 54.78 20.6520 90.78 30.0166
Fri  25 14.3% 3.12 1.3195 18.13 0.3102 97.81 1.1330 8.37 6.0033 139.50 8.9560 55.71 20.6383 91.73 29.9997
Sat  26 21.9% 1.99 1.3212 16.78 0.3069 97.21 1.1410 9.09 6.0014 138.49 8.9669 56.63 20.6244 92.69 29.9828
Sun  27 30.9% 1.10 1.3215 15.40 0.3038 96.63 1.1490 9.82 5.9993 137.48 8.9781 57.55 20.6104 93.64 29.9659
Mon  28 40.9% 1.25 1.3203 14.00 0.3011 96.05 1.1570 10.54 5.9970 136.48 8.9894 58.48 20.5962 94.60 29.9491
Tues  29 51.6% 2.24 1.3177 12.57 0.2986 95.47 1.1649 11.26 5.9945 135.48 9.0009 59.40 20.5818 95.55 29.9322
Wed  30 62.6% 3.40 1.3137 11.13 0.2964 94.90 1.1729 11.99 5.9918 134.48 9.0127 60.33 20.5674 96.51 29.9154
Thurs  31 73.3% 4.59 1.3083 9.68 0.2945 94.34 1.1808 12.71 5.9889 133.48 9.0246 61.25 20.5528 97.47 29.8986
Fri  1 83.0% 5.79 1.3015 8.23 0.2928 93.78 1.1887 13.43 5.9858 132.48 9.0368 62.17 20.5380 98.42 29.8819

Elong. is a planet's elongation: the angle between the Sun and the planet. It measures the visual distance of a planet from the Sun, as seen from Earth, with values from 0 to 180° degrees. A planet with an elongation close to 180° is visible on the meridian at midnight local time.
Dist. is a planet's distance from the Earth in astronomical units (mean distance between Earth and Sun). Planets appear larger through a telescope when they are closer to the Earth for better viewing opportunities.
Graphic: the above image shows the Sun and planets on the ecliptic, with the exception of the Earth, the observer's location. Planets to the left of the Sun in the above graphic are visible after sunset, and planets shown to the right of the Sun are best visible before sunrise. Planets are not visible when they are too close to the Sun (elongation < 15°) except during total solar eclipses.