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05/20/2016 – Ephemeris – Astronomical outreach events this weekend

May 20, 2016

Ephemeris for Friday, May 20th.  Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 1 minute, setting at 9:10.   The Moon, 1 day before full, will set at 6:22 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the Sun will rise at 6:08.

The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will be part of two events this weekend.  Saturday evening society members will be at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Dune Climb parking lot closest to the dune starting at 9 p.m. for a star party viewing the planets Jupiter, Mars and Saturn and the full moon.  There will be some actual star observing too.  Folks are urged to park in the last two rows.  On Sunday the society will be part of the Northwestern Michigan College’s Barbecue, with telescopes to observer the Sun safely and exhibits of photographs and actual meteorites, and videos in the Health and Science Building.  For those who missed it we’ll have photographs of last week’s transit of Mercury, and maybe a video or two.

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


Star party telescopes

Two of the telescopes that will be used at the Sleeping Bear Dunes star party Saturday night. Taken at the transit of Mercury by Emmett Holmes, whose telescope is in the foreground.

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