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07/18/2019 – Ephemeris – Two Universe of Stories events today with the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society

July 18, 2019 Leave a comment

Ephemeris for Thursday, July 18th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 9 minutes, setting at 9:23, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:15. The Moon, 2 days past full, will rise at 10:45 this evening.

The Traverse Area District Library system is hosting two events in their summer reading program: A Universe of Stories. They both run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. One is at the Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory hosted by Dr. Jerry Dobek.

The second will be hosted at the Kingsley Library branch at Brownson Memorial Park, just south of the library, with the other members of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society. Both locations will feature safe views of the Sun, if it’s clear, plus hands on activities and stories. This the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission and the landing of the first humans on the Moon, a feat we want to repeat to stay and are also looking to land the first crews on Mars.

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

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A Universe of Stories

07/12/2019 – Ephemeris – Traverse Area District Library Family Night tonight

July 12, 2019 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, July 12th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 19 minutes, setting at 9:27, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:09. The Moon, 3 days past first quarter, will set at 3:32 tomorrow morning.

The Traverse Area District Library (TADL) Summer Reading Club will have Family Night at the Northwestern Michigan College’s Joseph Rogers Observatory tonight starting at 8 p.m. This is part of their “A Universe of Stories” theme for this summer. It will be a grand night with the Moon and Jupiter. Speaking of Jupiter and the Moon, The Moon will be passing Jupiter tomorrow afternoon. So tonight the Moon will be to the right of Jupiter, and tomorrow night it will be just to the left of Jupiter. The Moon is in its waxing gibbous phase now, between first quarter and full. The word gibbous to describe the shape of the Moon means hump backed. The library will have a story time at the observatory next Thursday at 11 a.m.

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A Universe of Stories Poster

A Univrese of Stories Poster. There’s an event next Thursday at the Observatory during the day. There is another event at the Kingsley branch of TADL at the same time next Thursday.

07/05/2019 – Ephemeris – Apollo 11 memories tonight and a Sun ‘n Star Party tomorrow

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Ephemeris for Friday, July 5th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 27 minutes, setting at 9:31, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:04. The Moon, 3 days past new, will set at 11:59 this evening.

Tonight the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will invite all those who are old enough to have seen the Apollo 11 launch and Moon landing as it happened to relate their experiences at the NMC Rogers Observatory at 8 p.m. Tomorrow afternoon and evening will be what we call a Sun & Star Party at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Dune Climb hosted by the society and the rangers and volunteers of the park. From 4 to 6 p.m., the Sun will be featured with special solar telescopes. Starting at 9 p.m. will be a star party, actually mostly a planet party, viewing the planets Jupiter and Saturn, plus the Moon. There will be other celestial wonders visible in the deepening twilight. If cloudy one or both Dunes events can be canceled.

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

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A Sun Party at the Dune Climb. Credit: Eileen Carlisle.

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See the Stars from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Poster by Tyler Nordgren.

06/14/2019 – Ephemeris – I’m giving the talk Apollo and the Race to the Moon tonight at the Library in Thompsonville

June 14, 2019 Comments off

Ephemeris for Flag Day, Friday, June 14th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 33 minutes, setting at 9:29, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:56. The Moon, 3 days before full, will set at 4:55 tomorrow morning.

Tonight the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will host a star party… well a Moon party at the Betsie Valley District Library in Thompsonville, MI. It starts at 8:30 p.m. With what I like to call a twilight talk by yours truly, the title of which is Apollo and the Race to the Moon. I’ll explore the Apollo 11 mission and the events leading up to it both in the United States and the USSR. The bright Moon tonight will uncover all the Apollo landing areas, even though there too small to be seen from the Earth, though they will be shown in the presentation. Twilight talks at the library also involves a slide or planetarium-like presentation, so if it’s cloudy we’ll also explore the starry nights of summer inside. So come out clear or cloudy.

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

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Saturn V vs. N1

Comparison between The United States Saturn V and the Soviet N-1. Click on the Image to enlarge. Credit Karl Tate, Space.com.

06/07/2019 – Ephemeris – My presentation and viewing opportunities this weekend

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Ephemeris for Friday, June 7th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 27 minutes, setting at 9:25, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:57. The Moon, 3 days before first quarter, will set at 1:23 tomorrow morning.

I will be giving a presentation Apollo and the race to the Moon tonight at this evening’s meeting of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society at 8 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory. The 1960’s were a heady time in the undeclared race with the Soviet Union for supremacy in space, where it seemed that the US was continually playing catch up. In 1968 spy satellites showed that the Soviets had a massive rocket ready to go. After the meeting there will be a star party starting at 9 p.m.

Tomorrow there will be weather permitting a Sun and Star Party at the Sleeping Bear Dunes Dune Climb from 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. Both nights feature the Moon and Jupiter.

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

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A Sun Party at the Dune Climb. Credit: Eileen Carlisle.

Preparing to start the star party

Preparing to start the May star party 3 years ago at the Dune Climb. A few of the telescopes are visible including the GTAS 25″ “Emmettron” telescope at the far right. Credit: Eileen Carlisle.

05/24/2019 – Ephemeris – Star party at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore tomorrow night

May 24, 2019 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, May 24th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 7 minutes, setting at 9:13, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:05. The Moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 2:13 tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow evening the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will be at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for observations of the heavens in what we call a star party. The location on Saturday will be the Dune Climb. Hazy or partly cloudy skies are acceptable. The night will start at 9 p.m. with an introduction by the rangers and a twilight talk by a member of the society of what will be visible and why the Sun sets so late now. As the stars appear in the twilight telescopes will be pointed to them to see their colors and what they mean. By 10:30 the constellations will be visible enough to view the wonders they contain and the ancient stories they represent.

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

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Preparing to start the star party

Preparing to start the May star party 3 years ago at the Dune Climb. A few of the telescopes are visible including the GTAS 25″ “Emmettron” telescope at the far right in the background. Credit: Eileen Carlisle.

05/17/2019 – Ephemeris – Astronomical viewing and exhibits at the Northwestern Michigan College’s Barbecue

May 17, 2019 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, May 17th. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 53 minutes, setting at 9:06, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:11. The Moon, 1 day before full, will set at 6:22 tomorrow morning.

The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will participate in the Northwestern Michigan College Barbecue this Sunday the 19th. The society will be in front of and inside the Health and Science Building, viewing the Sun outside if it will be clear. Members hope to give the society’s new solar telescope a workout, observing the Sun’s red chromosphere and any prominences visible off the edge. Inside there will be displays and continuously running videos plus giveaway items from NASA and NOAA the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Also in an adjacent room Joe Brooks will have his meteorite collection to examine and a video there too. The society will be there from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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