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08/04/2017 – Ephemeris – View the Moon and planets Jupiter and Saturn tonight

August 4, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Friday, August 4th. The Sun rises at 6:32. It’ll be up for 14 hours and 30 minutes, setting at 9:03. The Moon, 3 days before full, will set at 4:32 tomorrow morning.

Tonight the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will hold a viewing night at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory starting at 9 p.m. The celestial objects featured will be Jupiter, early, them the Moon and Saturn. Some of the brighter deep sky objects will be also seen as it gets dark. Deep sky objects are dim objects beyond the solar system like star clusters and nebulae, clouds of gas and dust either illuminated by stars or hiding them from view. The observatory’s telescopes are augmented by telescopes set up by members of the society. We also welcome the public to bring their telescopes to learn how to use them. The observatory is located south of Traverse City on Birmley Road.

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

09/09/2016 – Ephemeris – There’s a star party tomorrow at the NMC Rogers Observatory

September 9, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, September 9th.  The Sun will rise at 7:15.  It’ll be up for 12 hours and 48 minutes, setting at 8:03.  The Moon, at first quarter today, will set at 12:50 tomorrow morning.

For the sixth weekend in a row the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will host an observing event.  Just one this weekend.  It will be a star party at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory tomorrow night, Saturday night the 10th from 9 to 11 p.m.  The observatory’s and GTAS members telescopes will be used to view the Moon and the planets Saturn and Mars.  Some of the brighter deep-sky objects of the summer sky will also be visible.  There will be an alternate program available if it’s cloudy.  Last weekend’s star party , out at the Sleeping Bear Dunes was a perfectly clear night with and nearly 1800 folks showed up to view the wonders of the Milky Way.  The society and the park thank all who attended.

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

08/26/2016 – Ephemeris – Friday Night Live tonight, Star Party tomorrow

August 26, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, August 26th.  The Sun rises at 6:58.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 30 minutes, setting at 8:29.  The Moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 2:10 tomorrow morning.

The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society finishes off August with another busy weekend.  Tonight the society members will bring their telescopes to downtown Traverse City and Friday Night Live, staying after to view the planets Saturn and Mars if it’s clear.  Saturn’s rings are, of course, spectacular.  Tomorrow night society members will be at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory beginning at 9 p.m. for a star party viewing of the planets, especially Saturn.  That later as it gets really dark, the summer Milky Way will appear with its great telescopic treasures.  Tomorrow, right after sunset the planets Venus and Jupiter will appear very close together.  Observers far south of us will have a better shot at it than we do.

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

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Venus near Jupiter

Venus near Jupiter at 9 p.m., or a half hour after sunset, August 27, 2016. I doubt if you could see the Jovian satellites against the bright twilight. It all but requires a big lake or ocean horizon, or a location far south of northern Michigan to raise these planets higher in the sky. Created using Stellarium.

06/03/2019 – Ephemeris – Two local astronomical events on tap for this weekend

June 3, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, June 3rd.  Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 24 minutes, setting at 9:23, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:58.  The Moon, 1 day before new, will rise at 5:56 tomorrow morning.

There are two local astronomical events this weekend, starting this evening with the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society’s meeting tonight starting at 8 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory.   The program will be by Becky Shaw about some current female astronomers.  At 9 p.m. will be a star party.  Tomorrow night, the 4th society members will be in the town of Arcadia for a star party at the ball field starting at 9 p.m.   Turn right from Oak St off M22 to North Ridgewood Drive.  The townships around the Arcadia Dunes are in the process of applying for International Dark Skies Community status.  Though it won’t get dark until late, the planets Jupiter, Mars and Saturn will be featured.

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

01/08/2016 – Ephemeris – A telescope clinic tonight and Venus and Saturn get cozy tomorrow morning

January 8, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, January 8th.  The Sun will rise at 8:19.  It’ll be up for 9 hours even, setting at 5:19.   The Moon, 1 day before new, will rise at 7:35 tomorrow morning.

If you’ve received a telescope for Christmas and are having trouble setting it up, or have an unused one in a closet somewhere, bring them to Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory tonight at 8 p.m.  The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will be holding their annual telescope clinic to help you understand and use your telescope.  The clinic will extend through the period that will be set aside for a star party if it’s clear.  Tomorrow morning the planets Venus and Saturn will appear close together low on the southeastern horizon.  They should be high enough to spot by 6 a.m. and will be visible in the brightening twilight til about quarter to eight a.m.  Dimmer Saturn will be about 2/3rds of a Moon width to the right of Venus.

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

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Morning Planets

Mars with Venus and Saturn close together. at 6 a.m. January 9, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Telescopic view of the conjunction

Low power telescope view of Venus and Saturn at 6 a.m. January 9, 2016. At this time the planets are about 20 minutes of arc apart, about 2/3rds the width of the Moon apart. Created using Stellarium.

The actual conjunction of these two planets will occur at 2:42 a.m. (7:42 Hrs UT).  Folks in the UK and Europe will spot these two planets even closer together.

10/02/2015 – Ephemeris – I talk about Pluto and New Horizons tonight

October 2, 2015 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, October 2nd.  The Sun will rise at 7:41.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 40 minutes, setting at 7:21.   The Moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 10:53 this evening.

This evening yours truly will be reviewing the results so far from the New Horizons spacecraft and its close encounter with Pluto and its moons July 14th. This will be at the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society meeting at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory at 8 p.m.  If you’ve not been keeping up with the releases of photos of Pluto and its moons be prepared to be amazed by the beauty of this frozen but apparently active world.  Afterward from 9 p.m. there will be time to view the wonders of the autumn skies if it’s clear.  If not there will be guided tour of the autumn skies via computer simulation.  The observatory is 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.

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Charon in color

Latest high resolution color image of Charon released yesterday. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI.

08/07/2015 – Ephemeris – An opportunity to view the heavens tonight

August 7, 2015 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, August 7th.  The Sun rises at 6:35.  It’ll be up for 14 hours and 25 minutes, setting at 9:00.   The Moon, 1 day past last quarter, will rise at 1:27 tomorrow morning.

Tonight the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will host a star party at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory.  Featured if weather permits will be the planet Saturn and some of the wonders of the summer Milky Way.  In any case we’ll be previewing the skies of August and September, what I consider the richest part of the heavens.  It has more beautiful sights than the skies of winter, that everyone raves about.  The observatory is located south of Traverse City on Birmley Road opening at 9 p.m.  The star party at the Sleeping Bear Dunes originally slated for tomorrow has been canceled due to the damage from last Sunday’s storm.  The next star party at the Dunes will be September 12th at the Dune Climb.

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