Archive for April 3, 2014

04/03/2014 – Ephemeris – Astronomy events in the Grand Traverse Region

April 3, 2014 2 comments

Ephemeris for Thursday, April 3rd.  The sun will rise at 7:19.  It’ll be up for 12 hours and 52 minutes, setting at 8:12.   The Moon, half way from new to first quarter, will set at 12:39 tomorrow morning.

This evening the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society or GTAS will be at the Boardman River Nature Center for “A Night at the Nature Center”.  This is a closed event sponsored by the Grand Traverse Conservation District, but it reminds me that the society hosts these types of events for schools, scouts and other youth groups along with other non-profit organizations.  We’re now lining up some summer reading clubs at at least two area libraries.  In the daytime we have that one great star the sun.  At night we have the rest of them including the Moon and planets.  If its cloudy we have hands on activities.  Contact the society at for more information.  The GTAS may also pop up at a summer festival near you.

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


Solar Eclipse

A partial solar eclipse projected for all to see. Credit: Eileen Carlisle


The start of a Star Party at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Credit: Eileen Carlisle

Transit of Venus

Looking at the Transit of Venus through a solar telescope. Credit: Eileen Carlisle.