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03/05/2021 – Ephemeris – Virtual Star Party Tonight!

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This is Ephemeris for Friday, March 5th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 23 minutes, setting at 6:36, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:11. The Moon, at last quarter today, will rise at 2:41 tomorrow morning.

The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will host a virtual star party at 8 pm tonight. It is via the Zoom app for smartphones, tablets or computers. It will be hosted by Dr. Jerry Dobek, astronomy professor at Northwestern Michigan College. During a virtual star party the images are produced real time or near real time using a telescope mounted digital camera. That is if it’s clear. If cloudy we’ll have a virtual, virtual star party using recently acquired images captured for his astronomy classes. In January, we got a tantalizing look at the Great Orion Nebula. We’ll explore more of these wonders. It should be spectacular! Instructions to join and a link can be found on the society’s website gtastro.org.

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