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08/11/2017 – Ephemeris – The Perseid meteors plus a star party wraps up the Port Oneida Fair tomorrow

August 11, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Friday, August 11th. The Sun rises at 6:40. It’ll be up for 14 hours and 12 minutes, setting at 8:53. The Moon, 3 days before last quarter, will rise at 11:06 this evening.

The most famous meteor shower year in and year out is the Perseid meteor shower of August. There are more active meteor showers, but none in the warm nights of summer. The Perseids will be reaching peak tomorrow afternoon. It’s a bit early for us and the Moon will interfere after rising at 11:36 p.m. There have been some erroneous reports out there that this year’s meteor shower will be super spectacular. It will not. Besides the Moon will be up during the best morning viewing times. The meteors will appear to come from the northeastern part of the sky, but will be visible all over the sky. I like the evening meteor show, with the radiant low in the sky. The meteor trails are long as the meteoroids skim the Earth’s atmosphere.*

It’s a busy weekend for the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society. Members will be on Front Street in Traverse City tonight for Friday Night Live with views of the Sun and later a look at the planet Saturn and its rings, weather permitting. On Saturday, again weather permitting members will be part of Sleeping Bear Dunes Port Oneida Fair with a Sun ‘n Star Party from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 9 to 11 p.m. , though members will still be there informally. The location for that event is the Thoreson Farm on South Thoreson Road off M22, near Port Oneida Road. On tap will be Jupiter, Saturn and some of the Perseid meteors on it’s peak night, and some of the deep sky wonders of the summer Milky Way beyond the solar system.

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

* This paragraph is really from the Thursday August 10th program, not what I posted for August 10th (yesterday) as the program transcript.  I double checked it and everything.  I may be getting too old for this.  I think I’ll have a lie down now.

 

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08/12/2016 – Ephemeris – Two events this weekend

August 12, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, August 12th.  The Sun rises at 6:42.  It’ll be up for 14 hours and 10 minutes, setting at 8:52.  The Moon, 2 days past first quarter, will set at 2:12 tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will close out the Port Oneida Fair which is held by and at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  It will be held at the Thoreson Farm on South Thoreson Road off M22, just west of Port Oneida road.  From 4 to 6 p.m. there will be observation of the Sun through white-light filtered telescopes and a hydrogen-alpha filtered solar telescope.  Then from 9 to 11 p.m. there will be viewing of the Moon and the bright planets including Mars and Saturn, and depending on sky condition, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury.  There may be a few bright stragglers of the Perseid Meteor Shower to be seen.  All this requires clear skies, so if in doubt check with the park at 231-326-4700, ext. 5005 for a voicemail message.

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

Addendum

Also tonight if weather permits the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will participate in Friday Night Live on Front Street in downtown Traverse City.  The society will be in its usual spot, in front of Orvis Streamside, a few stores west of the State Theater.  The event will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. where we will have exhibits and solar viewing if it’s clear.  Telescopes will be available for viewing the Moon and Saturn after 9 p.m. if skies permit.

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Star Party at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Thoreson Farm August 2013. Credit Eileen Carlisle.

Looking at the Moon

Looking at the Moon. Friday Night Live after hours.

08/12/11 – Ephemeris – Star Party at the Port Oneida Fair

August 12, 2011 Comments off

Friday, August 12th.  The sun rises at 6:41.  It’ll be up for 14 hours and 11 minutes, setting at 8:52.   The moon, 1 day before full, will set at 6:37 tomorrow morning.

The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will be part of the 10th Annual Port Oneida Rural Arts and Culture Fair, an event sponsored by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  Tomorrow night the society will bring their telescopes to the Thoreson Farm on Thoreson Road of M22 North of Glen Arbor for a Star party beginning at 9:30 p.m.  Thoreson Road is a loop off M22.  On tap will be the full moon, and Saturn if skies permit early.  Even though the full moon skies will be bright, there are plenty of wonders still visible in the telescopes.  Early on yours truly will be talking about the state and advancements of astronomy during the heyday of the Port Oneida community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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