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01/06/2017 – Ephemeris – Telescope Clinic tonight at the NMC Observatory

January 6, 2017

Ephemeris for Friday, January 6th.  The Sun will rise at 8:19.  It’ll be up for 8 hours and 59 minutes, setting at 5:18.  The Moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 2:34 tomorrow morning.

If you’ve received a telescope for Christmas and are having trouble setting it up, or have an unused one in a closet, basement or attic, bring them to Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory tonight at 8 p.m.  The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will be holding their annual telescope clinic to help you understand and use your telescope.  The clinic will extend through the period that will be set aside for a star party if it’s clear, to test the telescopes and show the owners how to use them.  Like anything telescopes take some time to learn how to use them and find celestial objects.  It took me 15 minutes to find Saturn with a telescope the first time I tried, and I knew where it was in the sky.  The observatory is south of Traverse City on Birmley Road.

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

In Memorium

Emmett Holmes

Emmett Holmes passed away last night (January 5th, 2017) after a long ordeal in attempting to have stem cells from his sister infused into his blood to rebuild his bone marrow. We at the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society knew him for a few short years, but in the time we benefited greatly from his expertise with telescopes and, helping out with star parties.. In the picture is his 13″ telescope with its distinctive tube that he built. Just recently he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Society.
We at the GTAS express our condolences to his wife Karen and the rest of his family. Emmett, rest in peace.

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