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10/08/2014 – Ephemeris – The ongoing lunar eclipse and a peek at the planets

October 8, 2014

Note:  This program is scheduled to be aired at two points during the total lunar eclipse.  The first airing occurs at6:19 a.m., six minutes before totality starts.  The second airing will occur at 7:59 a.m. during totality.

Ephemeris for Wednesday, October 8th.  The sun will rise at 7:48.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 21 minutes, setting at 7:10.   The moon, at full today, will rise at 7:23 this evening.

There is a lunar eclipse occurring right now.  Totality is either about to start or the moon is in totality with an orange or reddish hue, depending on when you hear this.  You can see it right now in the west, if it’s reasonably clear.  Totality will end at 7:24.  The ending partial phase will be interrupted by moon setting near 8 a.m.  Tonight Saturn will be low in the west-southwest before it sets at 8:47 p.m.  Mars will be low in the southwest at 9 p.m. and will set at 9:54 p.m.  The sky will stay devoid of bright planets until Jupiter rises, which it will do at 2:40 a.m. tomorrow morning.  Jupiter is visible this morning in twilight in the south-southeast along with the brighter stars of winter visible, a preview of colder evenings to come.

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

Addendum

Evening stars and planets

Saturn, Mars and the setting stars of summer at 8:30 p.m. on October 8, 2014.

Jupiter and the winter stars

Jupiter and a preview of the stars of winter at 6:30 a.m. on October 9, 2014.

Telescopic Jupiter

Jupiter and its moons as seen through a telescope at 6:30 a.m. October 9, 2014.

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