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12/28/2020 – Ephemeris – Some astronomical events of 2020

28 Dec 2020, 05:01 UTC
12/28/2020 – Ephemeris – Some astronomical events of 2020
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This is Ephemeris for Monday, December 28th. Today the Sun will be up for 8 hours and 50 minutes, setting at 5:09, and it will rise tomorrow at 8:19. The Moon, 1 day before full, will set at 8:01 tomorrow morning.
Let’s look at some astronomical and space news for this past year. A year ago the bright red star in the constellation Orion Betelgeuse underwent an unprecedented amount of dimming. It had pretty much recovered its brightness since. The best idea was that it ejected a cloud of dust that obscured part of the star from us. NASA’s Commercial Crew program came through this year with the successful launching of two crews to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Capsule. Boeing stood down this year after the failure of their uncrewed Starliner capsule to reach the space station last December. They will try another uncrewed attempt in a few months. I’ll have more tomorrow.
The event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
Orion’s named stars including the belt stars. Betelgeuse is the bright red in the upper left. Created using ...

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