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08/26/2016 – Ephemeris – Friday Night Live tonight, Star Party tomorrow

August 26, 2016

Ephemeris for Friday, August 26th.  The Sun rises at 6:58.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 30 minutes, setting at 8:29.  The Moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 2:10 tomorrow morning.

The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society finishes off August with another busy weekend.  Tonight the society members will bring their telescopes to downtown Traverse City and Friday Night Live, staying after to view the planets Saturn and Mars if it’s clear.  Saturn’s rings are, of course, spectacular.  Tomorrow night society members will be at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory beginning at 9 p.m. for a star party viewing of the planets, especially Saturn.  That later as it gets really dark, the summer Milky Way will appear with its great telescopic treasures.  Tomorrow, right after sunset the planets Venus and Jupiter will appear very close together.  Observers far south of us will have a better shot at it than we do.

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


Venus near Jupiter

Venus near Jupiter at 9 p.m., or a half hour after sunset, August 27, 2016. I doubt if you could see the Jovian satellites against the bright twilight. It all but requires a big lake or ocean horizon, or a location far south of northern Michigan to raise these planets higher in the sky. Created using Stellarium.

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