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08/06/2021 – Ephemeris – Virtual Star Party tonight if it’s clear in Traverse City

August 6, 2021

This is Ephemeris for Friday, August 6th. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 26 minutes, setting at 9:01, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:36. The Moon, 2 days before new, will rise at 5:11 tomorrow morning.

The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will hold a virtual star party starting at 10 pm tonight via the Zoom app on the Internet. Jerry Dobek, professor of astronomy at Northwestern Michigan College, will host the event with the 16-inch telescope and an imager, but only if it’s clear in Traverse City. It should feature a look at Venus to start. Saturn and Jupiter will be up by then, but they’re quite low in the sky. We might take another look at them later on when their images are steadier. The wonders of the Milky Way are all available, clouds willing: nebulae where stars are forming, nebulae caused by dying stars, and all kinds of star clusters. Instructions to join the meeting and a link can be found on the society’s website, www.gtastro.org.


The Southern Milky Way from Traverse City

The Milky Way from Aquila to Sagittarius taken from my backyard with light pollution south of me. The summer southern Milky Way is the reason I love the dark nights of August and September. It’s the best time of year for a star party. I’m 7 miles west of Northwestern Michigan College’s Joseph H. Rogers Observatory, from which the images for tonight’s star party will be captured.

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