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08/14/2015 – Ephemeris – Two events with an astronomical flavor this weekend

August 14, 2015 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, August 14th.  The Sun rises at 6:43.  It’ll be up for 14 hours and 6 minutes, setting at 8:50.  The Moon is new today, and won’t be visible.

The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) will be at Friday Night Live* this evening in Traverse City and will stay after if its clear to view Saturn in the telescopes.  Tomorrow night is something new.  A group of people are applying to make the Arcadia Dunes a dark sky park or a dark sky community.  The GTAS will help by holding a star party there tomorrow night starting at 9 p.m.  The location is the Baldy Trailhead parking lot on M22, north of Arcadia.  To find directions to the location using the Internet search for Arcadia Dunes to locate the Arcadia Dunes, C.S. Mott Nature Preserve which is owned by The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy where there are interactive maps to the trailheads.  If the application is successful the GTAS may be there 4 times a year.

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

*Friday Night Live is a block party on the 100 and 200 blocks of Front Street in Traverse City, MI which officially runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m.  The GTAS usually stays later if it’s clear.


Saturn in the 2013 Friday Night Live

Ron Uthe (with the beard) explains that his telescope is pointed to Saturn in the 2013 Friday Night Live. Credit mine.

Looking at the Moon in a 2013 Friday Night Live

Passers by look at the Moon through Gary Carlisle’s telescope in a 2013 Friday Night Live. Credit mine.