08/22/2016 – Ephemeris – The glorious summer Milky Way
Ephemeris for Monday, August 22nd. The Sun rises at 6:54. It’ll be up for 13 hours and 42 minutes, setting at 8:36. The Moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 11:11 this evening.
We’ll get a bit of darkness tonight, but it will be the start of about two weeks of the best sky viewing of the year. Now is the time the summer Milky Way is displayed to its fullest to the southern horizon. City folk come to our area and are sometimes fooled by the brightness and expanse of the Milky Way and think it’s clouding up. Yes those are clouds indeed, but they are star clouds. Binoculars will begin to show them to be millions of stars, each too faint to be seen by themselves to the unaided eye, but whose combined glow give the impression of a luminous cloud. Binoculars are the ideal tool to begin to explore the Milky Way. Objects still too fuzzy can be checked out with a telescope to reveal their true nature.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
Note that this photo shows the Milky Way as brighter and with more stars than you’d see with the naked eye.