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06/01/2012 – Ephemeris – Great local astronomical events this weekend

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Ephemeris for Friday, June 1st.  Today the sun will be up for 15 hours and 20 minutes, setting at 9:20.   The moon, 3 days before full, will set at 4:20 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 5:59.

There’s a chock full weekend of astronomical events this weekend.  First, this evening the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will hold its monthly meeting at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory.  We’ll preview the Transit of Venus and will be viewing the sun with the society’s new solar telescope if it’s clear.  Following at 9 p.m. is the observatory’s star party.  Tomorrow evening starting at 9 will be a star party at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore at stop 3, the Dunes Overlook, on Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.  Both these star parties will feature the nearly full moon and the planets Mars and Saturn.  Who knows, we might even spot Venus in twilight.  No promises though.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.