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05/10/2019 – Ephemeris – The Astronomy Day event in the Grand Traverse Region

May 10, 2019 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, May 10th. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 37 minutes, setting at 8:58, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:19. The Moon, 1 day before first quarter, will set at 2:41 tomorrow morning.

The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will host a public viewing night for International Astronomy Day tomorrow night, that’s Saturday the 11th, starting at 9 p.m. It will be at Northwestern Michigan College’s Joseph Rogers Observatory. If its clear the first quarter Moon will be featured along with other wonders of the spring sky. The observatory is located south of Traverse City, on Birmley Road between Garfield and Keystone roads. For the society members these, normally monthly star parties at the observatory are part of their outreach. They include sidewalk astronomy outings like Friday Night Live, and International Observe the Moon Night, to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and other locations.

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

04/20/2018 – Ephemeris – Astronomy Day and the Lyrid meteor shower this weekend

April 20, 2018 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, April 20th. The Sun rises at 6:50. It’ll be up for 13 hours and 44 minutes, setting at 8:34. The Moon, 2 days before first quarter, will set at 1:50 tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow is Astronomy Day. The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will celebrate with a star party at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory. Tomorrow April 21st, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will also be activities inside the observatory, so clear or cloudy there will be something to see or do for all ages. The Lyrid Meteor Shower will be active this weekend and reach a peak Sunday. The meteors from this shower will seem to come from near the constellation of Lyra the harp, a small and narrow parallelogram of stars with the bright star Vega near it. The best viewing will be for a few hours in the wee morning hours after the Moon sets Sunday or Monday mornings.

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

Addendum

Lyrid meteor shower radiant

All sky view at 4 a.m. Sunday or Monday morning with the Lyrid radiant. Created using Stellarium.

The additional radiants showing in the image above are the (sigma) σ-Scorpids which will reach peak on April 28th, a minor shower and (eta) η-Auqariids which will reach peak on May 6th.  Both these meteor showers have severe interference by the Moon.

04/28/2017 – Ephemeris – Astronomy Day star party tomorrow night

April 28, 2017 Comments off

Ephemeris for Arbor Day, Friday, April 28th.  The Sun rises at 6:36.  It’ll be up for 14 hours and 7 minutes, setting at 8:43.  The Moon, 2 days past new, will set at 11:28 this evening.

Tomorrow is Astronomy Day,  the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will hold a special star party at the Northwestern Michigan College’s Joseph H. Rogers Observatory from 9 to 11 p.m.  Featured objects will be the three day old Moon, the planet Jupiter, its four largest moons and planet girdling cloud bands.  As it gets darker some spring star clusters will become visible, and maybe some galaxies, because in the spring we are looking out the thin side of our Milky Way galaxy, with the milky band banished to near the northern horizon.  Two of these star clusters are even visible to the naked eye.  One, the Beehive cluster is a feast for the small telescope, the other an entire constellation of Coma Berenices, or Berenices hair.  The observatory is located south of Traverse City, MI on Birmley Road which is between Garfield and Keystone roads.

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

05/13/2016 – Ephemeris – GTAS Astronomy Day tomorrow

May 13, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, May 13th.  Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 46 minutes, setting at 9:02.   The Moon, at first quarter today, will set at 2:59 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the Sun will rise at 6:15.

The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will host a public viewing night for Astronomy Day tomorrow night, that’s Saturday the 14th, starting at 9 p.m.  It will be at Northwestern Michigan College’s Joseph Rogers Observatory.  If its clear the slightly gibbous moon will be featured along with Jupiter, Mars and the ringed planet Saturn and other wonders of the spring sky.  The observatory is located south of Traverse City, on Birmley Road between Garfield and Keystone roads.  For the society these, twice monthly star parties at the observatory and sidewalk astronomy outings by members, to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and other locations are what they do.

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

Other thoughts

I was checking out the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) LASCO C3 animation and Venus is making an entrance from the right as it heads for superior conjunction on June 6.  June 6?  Hmm. Wasn’t that last transit or Venus on June 5th 2012.  We and Venus should be near the line of nodes again, where the planes of our respective orbits cross.  I cranked up Stellarium, and sure enough the Sun will occult Venus that day… Not that we could see it.

10/03/2014 – Ephemeris – Sundials and Fall Astronomy Day on tap tomorrow at the NMC Observatory

October 3, 2014 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, October 3rd.  The sun will rise at 7:42.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 36 minutes, setting at 7:19.   The moon, 2 days past first quarter, will set at 3:01 tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow is Fall Astronomy Day.  To celebrate the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will move its first Friday of the month meeting and star party to Saturday the 4th.  At 8 p.m local landscape architect and sundial expert Dean Connors will talk about, of course, sundials and the myriad of forms they take.  Starting at 9 p.m. the star party portion of the night will begin with the moon as the featured celestial object.  Members of the society will also provide information on this month’s two eclipses and how to observe a solar eclipse safely.  The meeting and star party will be held at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory located south of Traverse City on Birmley Road. Between Garfield and Keystone roads.

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

05/09/2014 – Ephemeris – This is Astronomy Day weekend

May 9, 2014 1 comment

Ephemeris for Friday, May 9th.  The sun rises at 6:21.  It’ll be up for 14 hours and 35 minutes, setting at 8:56.   The moon, 3 days past first quarter, will set at 4:04 tomorrow morning.

This Saturday is International Astronomy Day.  There will be two star parties this weekend to celebrate.  A star party is where amateur astronomers bring their telescopes to share the heavens with all those who come.  The first will be at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, at Platte River Point at the end of Lake Michigan Road, off M22.  Saturday’s Star Party will be at Northwestern Michigan College’s (NMC) Rogers Observatory, on Birmley Road south of Traverse City.  Both events will start at 9 p.m.  The Sleeping Bear event will be canceled due to clouds.  The NMC event has an indoor component and will be open rain or shine.  The planets Jupiter, Mars and Saturn will be featured at both events.  These star parties are hosted by the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society.

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

04/19/2013 – Ephemeris Plus* – Astronomy Day and the Lyrid meteor shower

April 19, 2013 Comments off

Ephemeris Plus  for Friday, April 19th.  The sun rises at 6:51.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 41 minutes, setting at 8:32.   The moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 3:51 tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow is Astronomy Day 2013.  Astronomy Day is generally held on the Saturday closest to the first quarter moon in late April or early May.  The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will celebrate with a star party at Northwestern Michigan College.  Tomorrow April 20th, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.  There will also be activities inside the observatory, so clear or cloudy there will be something to see or do for all ages.

The Lyrid Meteor Shower will be active this weekend and reach a peak Monday morning.  The meteors from this shower will seem to come from near the constellation of Lyra the harp, a northern summer constellation, with the bright star Vega with a small and narrow parallelogram of stars near it.  We do have a moon problem this year, so it just might be caught by early risers in the next couple of mornings.  It is not a super active shower, and has a peak rate of only 18 and hour when Vega is overhead, which it will be at 5 in the morning.  With the experience of the bright meteor that broke windows in Russia, be comforted to know that meteor showers members are created with very small grains, not big boulders.

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

*Ephemeris Plus contains more information in the post’s body that could not fit into the time constraints of the Ephemeris program.

Addendum

Lyrid meteor radiant. The bright star is Vega

Lyrid meteor radiant. The bright star is Vega