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06/05/2015 – Ephemeris – Astronomy in Traverse City tonight: Parallax and Planets

June 5, 2015

Ephemeris for Friday, June 5th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 25 minutes, setting at 9:24. The Moon, 3 days past full, will rise at 11:53 this evening and tomorrow the Sun will rise at 5:58.

Stellar parallax is a way to measure distances to the nearest stars by observing them six months apart, from opposite ends of the Earth’s orbit. Parallax is why we have two eyes to judge distance. Parallax is also proof that the earth revolves around the Sun. Dr. David Penney will investigate this at this evening’s meeting of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society at 8 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory. Everyone is welcome. Also at 9 p.m. there will be a star party at the observatory. The astronomical objects of the evening will be the planets Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. The observatory is located south of Traverse City on Birmley Road between Garfield and Keystone roads.

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

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