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03/15/2021 – Ephemeris – Newly discovered comet may reach naked-eye brightness by December

15 Mar 2021, 04:01 UTC
03/15/2021 – Ephemeris – Newly discovered comet may reach naked-eye brightness by December
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This is Ephemeris for Ides of March, Monday, March 15th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 54 minutes, setting at 7:49, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:52. The Moon, 2 days past new, will set at 10:12 this evening.
Now that daylight saving time is here all the times I give for sunrises and sunsets bump up at least an hour along with anything else the rises or sets. It’s lighter out in the evening now. The end of nautical twilight, by which time it’s dark enough to see most of the stars and constellations ends around 8:21 tonight, but that will continue to advance toward 11 pm by July. On to possibly happier news, a comet was discovered, and is called Comet 2021 A1 (Leonard). It could reach naked eye visibility and be brightest in mid-December. I mean could. Comets are unpredictable, and so is our weather that time of year. I’ll have more on Comet Leonard, its antics and more about comets in general as it heads in from the outer solar system during this year.
The astronomical event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different ...

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