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05/22/2015 – Ephemeris – View the Sun and the Planets from the Sleeping Bear Dunes this Saturday

May 22, 2015

Ephemeris for Friday, May 22nd.  Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 3 minutes, setting at 9:11.   The Moon, 3 days before first quarter, will set at 1:00 tomorrow morning, and tomorrow the Sun will rise at 6:06.

Tomorrow the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will be at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for a Sun and Star Party at the Dune Climb.  From 4 to 6 p.m. the Sun will be the attraction.  Besides sunspots, visible in most well filtered telescopes, the society’s solar telescope will show the Sun in the light of hydrogen, showing a much more active part of the Sun.  Starting about 9:30 Venus,  and then Jupiter will appear, followed a bit later by the ringed planet Saturn.  The event will take place only if the weather cooperates and it’s clear or partly cloudy.  The society has scheduled monthly star parties at the Dunes through October plus a special meteor shower watch in August.

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

Addendum

Star party 1

Star Party at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Thoreson Farm August 2013. Credit Eileen Carlisle.

Star party 2

Star Party at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Thoreson Farm August 2013. Credit Eileen Carlisle.

Sorry we don’t have good pictures of a Dune Climb star party.  The event shown above is near the maximum of the Perseid meteor shower, which is why some folks are carrying blankets.  The Thoreson Farm event is part of the Port Oneida Fair at the Port Oneida Rural Historic District a small farming community on the eastern shore of Sleeping Bear Bay, and within the boundaries of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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