12/04/2015 – Ephemeris – Yours truly will survey ancient and pre-scientific cosmologies tonight
Ephemeris for Friday, December 4th. The Sun will rise at 8:02. It’ll be up for 8 hours and 59 minutes, setting at 5:02. The Moon, 1 day past last quarter, will rise at 2:09 tomorrow morning.
This evening’s meeting of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society starting at 8 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory will be a traditional December program. This program alternates with a program on the Star of Bethlehem which will be revamped for next year. This year I’m presenting Ancient Cosmologies, a look at the cosmologies or world views of many mostly pre-scientific cultures, including how the Biblical world view was influenced by one of them. Then we’ll see the beginnings of Greek scientific thought that codified by Ptolemy in the second century AD, held sway for 1,500 years. Also I’ll look at Monday’s occultation of Venus and Comet Catalina. At 9 p.m. there will be a star party at the observatory with another program. All are welcome.
I’ll post more on the Occultation of Venus on the blog tomorrow and Monday
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.