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08/08/2019 – Ephemeris – Astronomy at the next three Friday Night Lives

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Ephemeris for Thursday, August 8th. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 22 minutes, setting at 8:59, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:37. The Moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 1:33 tomorrow morning.

Starting tomorrow evening and the next two Fridays members of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will bring their telescopes to Friday Night Live on Front Street in Traverse City. From 5:30 to 9 p.m. the members will be in the streets with their telescopes showing the Sun and other objects of interest. The newest society telescope is a new solar telescope that shows the Sun in the light of the element hydrogen revealing a thin region of the Sun above the bright ball we see, and clouds of hydrogen above this layer. After 9 p.m., if it’s clear, the telescopes will be pulled back to the sidewalk to view and show the Moon this Friday, and Jupiter and Saturn all of the Fridays.

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


White light viewing of the Sun

Viewing the Sun with a while light filter at Friday Night Live using Ron Uthe’s telescope at Friday Night Live. Credit Bob Moler.

Friday Night Live

After Friday Night Live is over we pull the telescopes back to the sidewalk to view the Moon and planets. Credit: Bob Moler.