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03/06/2020 – Ephemeris – Tonight Becky Shaw presents one of the first women in STEM: Hypatia of Alexandria

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Ephemeris for Friday, March 6th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 27 minutes, setting at 6:37, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:08. The Moon, 3 days before full, will set at 6:15 tomorrow morning.

This evening the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will meet the Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory on Birmley Road between Garfield and Keystone roads at 8 p.m. The presentation will be by Becky Shaw on one of the first female astronomers Hypatia of Alexandria. Besides excelling in astronomy Hypatia was one of the greatest philosophers of her day in the 4th and 5th centuries CE. She had an unfortunate end being murdered by a mob in 415. After the meeting, at about 9 p.m. there will be observing, weather permitting, of the Moon and the planet Venus, and maybe the Great Orion Nebula. The Pleiades star cluster will also look great in binoculars, so bring ‘em if you’ve got ‘em.

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