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10/10/2016 – Ephemeris – Checking out the gibbous Moon tonight

October 10, 2016

Ephemeris for Indigenous Peoples Day*, Monday, October 10th. The Sun will rise at 7:52. It’ll be up for 11 hours and 13 minutes, setting at 7:06. The Moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 2:20 tomorrow morning.

The Moon is beginning to dominate the evening sky. So it’s time to get out that telescope or powerful binoculars. The terminator which now is the sunrise line will be cutting through the Sea of Showers, also known as Mare Imbrium. Just south of it is the large crater Copernicus, 56 miles (93 km) in diameter. Copernicus, near the Moon’s equator hit a flat lunar sea, so it’s quite conspicuous. Another crater near the Moon’s south pole is conspicuous because it’s so big. It’s Clavius, with an arc of diminishing sized craters within. It is 136 miles (225 km) in diameter. In the book and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, it is the location of the US Moon Base, with the monolith in the distinctive crater Tycho north of it.

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


The Moon tonight

The Moon at 9 p.m. October 10, 2016, with the landmarks described in the text above,

* Indigenous Peoples Day – This is officially the Columbus Day holiday in the United States, which commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus possibly on Plana Cay, which he named San Salvador.  While in his four voyages he visited some Caribbean islands, Central and South America.  He never made it to North America.  Columbus was appointed the Viceroy and Governor of the Indies.  He was accused of torture and other crimes.  And the treatment of the Indigenous peoples as been horrific then and ever since, so pardon them if they don’t celebrate Columbus Day.  This person of European ancestry tends to agree with them.


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