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09/22/2017 – Ephemeris – September star party at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore tomorrow night

September 22, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Friday, September 22nd. The Sun will rise at 7:29. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 9 minutes, setting at 7:39. The Moon, 2 days past new, will set at 9:14 this evening.

Autumn starts at 4:02 this afternoon.

The first star party of autumn will be held at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore tomorrow evening starting at 9 p.m. at the Dune Climb if it’s clear. It will be hosted by the Park Rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society. The society invites all to come, especially those with telescopes willing to share the wonders of the Milky Way, which will span the skies from horizon to horizon, and the planet Saturn. The park has one of the darkest skies in the Lower Peninsula, and the Milky Way is especially impressive in late summer and early autumn.

Please call 231-326-4700, ext. 5005 if in doubt about weather conditions. A decision will be made by 2 hours before the event.

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

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06/23/2017 – Ephemeris – Astronomy events this weekend

June 23, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Friday, June 23rd. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 33 minutes, setting at 9:31, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:58. The Moon is new today, and won’t be visible.

Tomorrow afternoon and evening will be what we call a Sun & Star Party at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This event will be at the Dune Climb. From 4 to 6 p.m., the Sun will be featured using two types of telescopes, one showing the sun’s photosphere in what we call white light, and another showing the chromosphere above it in the light of hydrogen giving a completely different view. Starting at 9 p.m. will be a star party, actually really a planet party, viewing the planets Jupiter and Saturn, plus other objects visible in the deepening twilight.

Sunday at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. members of the society will be in the parking lot of the NMC Laboratory on Aero Park Drive in Traverse City to view the Sun as part of the Michigan Clean Energy Conference and Fair.

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

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Viewing the transit

Kids viewing the Sun through the society’s Lunt hydrogen alpha solar telescope.

02/24/2017 – Ephemeris – Winter star party at the Sleeping Near Dunes tomorrow night

February 24, 2017 2 comments

Ephemeris for Friday, February 24th.  The Sun will rise at 7:27.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 56 minutes, setting at 6:23.  The Moon, 2 days before new, will rise at 6:53 tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow night the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society and the Rangers of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will hold a star party at the Dune Climb parking lot from 7 to 9 p.m. but only if it is clear.  Last Saturday night it happened to be clear, so I went out there to do some photography of the heavens, and the sky was spectacular with the brilliant constellation Orion dominating the southern sky.  Its great star forming region, the Great Orion Nebula displaying its bright heart and wispy outer tendrils of gas and dust heading away from that nest of bright baby stars that are illuminating it. Venus is a shining beacon in the west until it sets into the dune.  We might even be able to spot the faint Zodiacal Light in the west.

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

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Orion

Orion in a 30 second exposure taken at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Dune Climb February, 18, 2017 by Bob Moler. Click on image to enlarge a bit.

Centered on Perseus

Area of the sky from the Hyades and Pleiades on the left to the Double Cluster on the right. While processing the image for this post I discovered two possible meteor trails on the left and below center. A 2 minute exposure taken at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Dune Climb February, 18, 2017 by Bob Moler. Click on image to enlarge and see all the deep sky goodies in it..

08/02/2016 – Ephemeris – Two events for the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society this weekend

September 2, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, September 2nd.  The Sun will rise at 7:06.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 9 minutes, setting at 8:16.  The Moon, 1 day past new, will set at 9:00 this evening.

This is another busy weekend for the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society.  Tonight there will be a general meeting of the society at 8 p.m. followed by a star party at 9 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory, located on Birmley Road south of Traverse City, to which all are welcome.  The featured speaker for the meeting will be Dr. David Penney who will talk about Late Pleistocene Fauna and Extinction and its possible astronomical cause.  Saturday there will be a star party at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s Dune Climb starting at 9 p.m.  Both star parties will feature the star clusters and nebulae found in the Milky Way, and views of Saturn and Mars.  The dunes are the darkest spot around.

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

 

06/17/2016 – Ephemeris – Sun & Star Party Saturday at the Sleeping Bear Dunes

June 17, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, June 17th.  Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 34 minutes, setting at 9:31, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:56.  The Moon, 3 days before full, will set at 4:58 tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow afternoon and evening will be what we call a Sun & Star Party at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  This event will be at the Dune Climb.  From 4 to 6 p.m.,  the Sun will be featured using two types of telescopes, one showing the sun’s photosphere in what we call white light, and another showing the chromosphere above it in the light of hydrogen giving a completely different view.  Starting at 9 p.m. will be a star party, actually really a planet party, viewing the planets Jupiter, Mars and Saturn, plus the nearly full Moon.  A twilight talk will be given at 9 p.m. on how astronomy has been changed in the last 100 years by Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

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

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Star party telescopes

Two of the telescopes that will be used at the Sleeping Bear Dunes star party Saturday night. Taken at the transit of Mercury by Emmett Holmes, whose telescope is in the foreground.

Viewing the transit

Kids viewing the transit through the society’s Lunt hydrogen alpha solar telescope.

 

05/20/2016 – Ephemeris – Astronomical outreach events this weekend

May 20, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, May 20th.  Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 1 minute, setting at 9:10.   The Moon, 1 day before full, will set at 6:22 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the Sun will rise at 6:08.

The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will be part of two events this weekend.  Saturday evening society members will be at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Dune Climb parking lot closest to the dune starting at 9 p.m. for a star party viewing the planets Jupiter, Mars and Saturn and the full moon.  There will be some actual star observing too.  Folks are urged to park in the last two rows.  On Sunday the society will be part of the Northwestern Michigan College’s Barbecue, with telescopes to observer the Sun safely and exhibits of photographs and actual meteorites, and videos in the Health and Science Building.  For those who missed it we’ll have photographs of last week’s transit of Mercury, and maybe a video or two.

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

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Star party telescopes

Two of the telescopes that will be used at the Sleeping Bear Dunes star party Saturday night. Taken at the transit of Mercury by Emmett Holmes, whose telescope is in the foreground.

09/11/2015 – Ephemeris – Astronomy from the dark skies of the Sleeping Bear Dunes this Saturday

September 11, 2015 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, September 11th.  The Sun will rise at 7:16.  It’ll be up for 12 hours and 44 minutes, setting at 8:01.   The Moon, 2 days before new, will rise at 6:39 tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow night will be the next to the last Star Party at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore of the year.  It will be at the Dune Climb in the Parking lot nearest to the dunes.  Featured will be the wonders of the Milky Way including globular and galactic star clusters and planetary and emission nebulae.  The event starts at 9 p.m.  We are entering the second eclipse season of the year.

On Sunday there will be a partial solar eclipse visible from South Africa, the Southern Ocean and part of Antarctica.  Eclipses occur in no less a grouping than pairs, solar and lunar, the next eclipse is 16 days away.  It will be total lunar eclipse visible from here on Sunday evening the 27th.  In the week after next I’ll tell you all about it.

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

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Star Party

Star Party at the Dunes Overlook. Credit: Eileen Carlisle. I still don’t have a good picture of a star party at the Dune Climb where the dune rises up and blocks the lower 20º of the western sky.

Partial Solar Eclipse

Partial Solar Eclipse of September 13, 2-15. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Fred Espenak.