08/12/2016 – Ephemeris – Two events this weekend
Ephemeris for Friday, August 12th. The Sun rises at 6:42. It’ll be up for 14 hours and 10 minutes, setting at 8:52. The Moon, 2 days past first quarter, will set at 2:12 tomorrow morning.
Tomorrow the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will close out the Port Oneida Fair which is held by and at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It will be held at the Thoreson Farm on South Thoreson Road off M22, just west of Port Oneida road. From 4 to 6 p.m. there will be observation of the Sun through white-light filtered telescopes and a hydrogen-alpha filtered solar telescope. Then from 9 to 11 p.m. there will be viewing of the Moon and the bright planets including Mars and Saturn, and depending on sky condition, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury. There may be a few bright stragglers of the Perseid Meteor Shower to be seen. All this requires clear skies, so if in doubt check with the park at 231-326-4700, ext. 5005 for a voicemail message.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
Also tonight if weather permits the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will participate in Friday Night Live on Front Street in downtown Traverse City. The society will be in its usual spot, in front of Orvis Streamside, a few stores west of the State Theater. The event will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. where we will have exhibits and solar viewing if it’s clear. Telescopes will be available for viewing the Moon and Saturn after 9 p.m. if skies permit.