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08/13/2018 – Ephemeris – The Milky Way

August 13, 2018

Ephemeris for Monday, August 13th. The Sun rises at 6:42. It’ll be up for 14 hours and 8 minutes, setting at 8:51. The Moon, 2 days past new, will set at 10:30 this evening.

Now is the time the summer Milky Way is displayed to its fullest to the southern horizon. We have a couple of nights before the Moon begins to interfere before 11 p.m. 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 of our galaxy. Binoculars will begin to show them to be millions of stars, each too faint to be seen individually to the eye, but whose combined glow give the impression of a luminous cloud. Binoculars are the ideal tool to explore the Milky Way. Objects still too fuzzy can be checked out with a telescope to reveal their true nature. The dark nights of August and September are my favorites.

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


Milky Way

The Milky Way from the Sleeping Bear Dunes in August, 2015 by Mark Stewart.

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