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12/06/2022 – Ephemeris – The Moon will pass in front of Mars tomorrow night

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This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Tuesday, December 6th. Today the Sun will be up for 8 hours and 57 minutes, setting at 5:02, and it will rise tomorrow at 8:06. The Moon, 1 day before full, will set at 7:45 tomorrow morning.

Late tomorrow evening we might get to view a really cool event, clouds permitting, when the full moon will cover or in astronomical lingo occult the planet Mars. In the Grand Traverse Region, this will occur for an hour between approximately 10:15 to 11:15 pm. The exact times depend on your location, and can vary by a minute or two over the IPR coverage area. Being a full moon, Mars might be difficult to spot. It may take binoculars to spot it below, left of the Moon by 9:30, and a small telescope when Mars is near the edge of the Moon. The disappearance of Mars will be at the Moon’s 7 o’clock position, and reappearance at the 4 o’clock position.

The astronomical event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan (EST, UT –5 hours). They may be different for your location.


Mars ingress and egress chart and times for Traverse City, MI

Mars ingress and egress chart and times for Traverse City, MI. The times will vary by a minute or two in the IPR listening area, ingress being earlier to the west and north and later east and south. Egress times will be earlier west and later east of Traverse City. Mars takes about a minute to completely disappear and reappear again because it’s not an unresolvable point like stars.

Occultation of Mars map

Occultation of Mars map. The occultation of Mars by the Moon will be visible from within the bounded area. For Traverse City, MI, Mars will disappear around 10:15 pm, December 7, 2022, and reappear around 11:15 pm.

In astronomical events of solar eclipses and occultations YOU are part of the event. No, not you, but your location. Whether you see the event or not or what time the contacts (ingress, egress) happen depends on your location. And will happen for that location whether you are there, or it’s clear, or not.