This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Friday, August 13th. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 8 minutes, setting at 8:51, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:44. The Moon, 2 days before first quarter, will set at 11:36 this evening.
The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will try again to hold a virtual star party starting at 9:30 pm tonight via the Zoom app on the Internet. We were clouded out last Friday night. Jerry Dobek, professor of astronomy at Northwestern Michigan College, will host the event with the 16-inch telescope at the College’s Observatory and an imager, but only if it’s clear in Traverse City. It should feature a look at Venus and the crescent Moon to start. Saturn and Jupiter will be up by then, but they’re quite low in the sky. We might take another look at them later on when their images are steadier. The wonders of the Milky Way are all available. Instructions and a link can be found on the society’s website, www.gtastro.org.
The astronomical event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan (EDT, UT – 4 hr). They may be different for your location.