09/22/2015 – Ephemeris – Equinox tomorrow and September 27th Moon’s triple whammy
Ephemeris for Tuesday, September 22nd. The Sun will rise at 7:29. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 11 minutes, setting at 7:40. The Moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 2:02 tomorrow morning.
Tomorrow at 4:20 a.m. before most of us wake up summer will officially end and Autumn will start. That’s the exact time of the autumnal equinox. We are noticing that the days or rather daylight hours are getting noticeably shorter day by day. Autumn will end when the days will stop getting shorter on the first day of winter, December 21st. The full moon this Sunday is triply important. Most important is that a total lunar eclipse will happen. Second, it is the Harvest Moon, the nearest full moon to the autumnal equinox, more on that next week. Also it is the closest the Moon gets to the Earth all year. Yup it’s a so-called supermoon. If the Moon were a 2 inch ball it would be 20 feet from an 8 inch Earth. The supermoon is a foot closer.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
That last bit about the Moon being a two-inch ball will come in handy if you come to the Girl Scout Badge Bash at ECCO in Traverse City Thursday night.