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12/29/2020 – Ephemeris – 2020 the bad and the good in astronomy

30 Dec 2020, 05:01 UTC
12/29/2020 – Ephemeris – 2020 the bad and the good in astronomy
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This is Ephemeris for Tuesday, December 29th. Today the Sun will be up for 8 hours and 50 minutes, setting at 5:10, and it will rise tomorrow at 8:19. The Moon, at full today, will rise at 4:45 this evening.
2020 has been a terrible year due mostly to the COVID-19 pandemic that cost over 300 thousand American lives. It also saw the end of the 1,000 foot (305 meter) radio telescope dish set into a natural bowl near the north shore of Puerto Rico, 8.5 miles south of the city of Arecibo. The Arecibo Radio Telescope was until earlier this year the world’s largest single telescope. It also possessed a powerful radar transmitter allowing radar imaging of planets, moons and asteroids. It started to collapse several months ago and finally gave way December 1st.
On a positive note we were graced by the bright Comet NEOWISE visible first in the morning, then in the evening last July. It was the brightest comet in the northern skies since Comet Hale-Bopp appeared in 1997.
The event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
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Aerial view of the Arecibo telescope after ...

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