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03/05/2021 – Ephemeris – Virtual Star Party Tonight!

March 5, 2021 Comments off

This is Ephemeris for Friday, March 5th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 23 minutes, setting at 6:36, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:11. The Moon, at last quarter today, will rise at 2:41 tomorrow morning.

The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will host a virtual star party at 8 pm tonight. It is via the Zoom app for smartphones, tablets or computers. It will be hosted by Dr. Jerry Dobek, astronomy professor at Northwestern Michigan College. During a virtual star party the images are produced real time or near real time using a telescope mounted digital camera. That is if it’s clear. If cloudy we’ll have a virtual, virtual star party using recently acquired images captured for his astronomy classes. In January, we got a tantalizing look at the Great Orion Nebula. We’ll explore more of these wonders. It should be spectacular! Instructions to join and a link can be found on the society’s website gtastro.org.

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

11/06/2020 – Ephemeris – Virtual Star Party or a presentation on the Great Andromeda Galaxy tonight!

November 6, 2020 Comments off

This is Ephemeris for Friday, November 6th. Today the Sun will be up for 9 hours and 55 minutes, setting at 5:24, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:29. The Moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 9:54 this evening.

The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will host a virtual presentation or a virtual star party at 8 pm tonight. It is via the Zoom app for the smart phone, tablet or computer at zoom.us. Instructions and a link can be found on the society’s website gtastro.org. I will be giving the illustrated presentation on the Great Andromeda Galaxy if the night turns out to be cloudy. If clear Dr. Jerry Dobek, astronomy professor at Northwestern Michigan College will be hosting the star party. During a virtual star party the images are produced real time using a telescope mounted CCD camera. The planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are in the evening sky along with the Great Andromeda Galaxy and other wonders of the heavens.

10/16/2020 – Ephemeris – There’s an online star party tonight if it’s clear

October 16, 2020 Comments off

This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Friday, October 16th. Today the Sun will be up for 10 hours and 55 minutes, setting at 6:55, and it will rise tomorrow at 8:01. The Moon is new today, and won’t be visible.

Tonight the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society may hold the another of the park’s 50th anniversary online star parties this evening starting around 8 pm via the Zoom app available for Android smart phones, iPhones and computers. Instructions for joining are on the society’s web site gtastro.org and the Sleeping Bear Dunes Facebook page. The images will be captured live from Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory south of Traverse City. If it is cloudy, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday night at 8 pm. Another backup night will be Friday the 23rd. The images will be pretty much what is visible at the telescope eyepiece, and definitely not Hubble Space Telescope quality.

gtastro.org will announce cancellations and alternate plans as soon as the decision to cancel is made.

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

Nights of star parties past

These pictures were taken before the star parties actually began and most of the crowds showed up, when there was enough light for photography. We don’t take flash pictures during the events.

Sleeping Bear Dunes 40th anniversary cake lighting

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s 40th anniversary cake lighting at the Stop 3, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive (Dunes Overlook) October 21, 2010. This was the GTAS’ second star party with the park in the society’s now a bit over 10 year collaboration with the park. Credit: Eileen Carlisle.

Star party 2

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

Preparing to start the star party

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

Star Party

Star Party at the Dunes Overlook. Credit: Eileen Carlisle. We’ve since had to abandon hosting star parties here. A victim of our success, due to a lack of enough parking here and at Picnic Mountain next door.

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A Star Party at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s Platte River Point. Credit: Eileen Carlisle

 

09/11/2020 – Ephemeris – A virtual star party tonight

September 11, 2020 Comments off

This is Ephemeris for Friday, September 11th. Today the Sun will be up for 12 hours and 42 minutes, setting at 7:59, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:18. The Moon, 1 day past last quarter, will rise at 1:19 tomorrow morning.

The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will host a virtual star party at 9 pm tonight. It is via the Zoom app for the smart phone, tablet or computer at zoom (dot) us. Instructions and a link can be found on the society’s website gtastro.org. It will be hosted by Dr. Jerry Dobek, astronomy professor at Northwestern Michigan College. During a virtual star party the images are produced real time or near real time using a telescope mounted CCD camera. That is if it’s clear. Images of dimmer objects like star clusters or nebulae, what we call DSOs or deep sky objects may take exposures of several seconds or minutes to build up an image. But have the advantage of being in color. If cloudy we’ll have a virtual, virtual star party.

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