This is the companion Web Site of Bob Moler's Ephemeris radio program, which is broadcast Monday Through Friday on Interlochen Public Radio Stations. Interlochen Public Radio serves northwestern lower Michigan. The first Ephemeris program was broadcast June 1, 1975.

Click on the above link for live streaming audio from IPR.

Click here for mp3 audio of the current batch of Ephemeris programs

Bob Moler's Ephemeris Blog contains transcripts and illustrations from the Ephemeris programs. They are generally released at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on the program play date.

NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador


Contact me at the email address at the bottom of this page to discuss star parties and presentations for schools, scout groups, and non-profit organizations.


Opinions expressed on this website are my own and not that of NASA or JPL

Ephemeris Radio Schedule Monday - Friday

Ephemeris air times (ET)

6:19 a.m. - News stations

6:59 a.m.- Classical stations

The Stations of Interlochen Public Radio


WIAA 88.7 FM Interlochen
94.7 FM Traverse City

WIAB 88.5 FM Mackinaw City

WICV 100.9 FM East Jordan, Charlevoix


WICA 91.5, FM Traverse City

WLNM 89.7 FM Manistee

WHBP 90.1 FM Harbor Springs, Petoskey

Observing Weather in Northwestern Lower Michigan

Clear Sky Chart from Attilla Danko
NWS Traverse City Forecast.
Gaylord, MI Weather Radar.
Satellite Infrared Loop.
Canadian based Infrared Satellite (Michigan shows best in the Eastern Canada view)

On this site – articles of interest for this month

Halley's Comet and the Orionids

September Song

The Great Star Story of Autumn

Autumn Telescopic Wonders

Ladies of the Night

Ladies of the Night II

October 2017

Interested in learning more? If you live in northwestern lower Michigan check out the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society.

More information on visible planetary and other events are available on Bob Moler's Ephemeris Blog the day of the event. The blog contains Monday-Friday program transcripts, most with illustrations.

Extra! My report on the Great American Eclipse.

Highlights for October 2017 (ET)

Here’s a link to more information about the “Great American Eclipse” that I posted on the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society website

   Date     Local   Event
Oct 01  Su          Venus: 24.5° W   
    01  Su 10:05 pm Moon Descending Node
    05  Th 12:15 pm Venus-Mars: 0.2° N
    05  Th  2:40 pm Full Moon (Harvest Moon)
    08  Su  4:33 pm Mercury Superior Conjunction with the Sun
    09  Mo  1:51 am Moon Perigee: 366,900 km
    09  Mo  2:05 pm Moon-Aldebaran: 0.6° S
    11  We  2:21 pm Moon North Dec.: 19.6° N
    12  Th  8:25 am Last Quarter
    13  Fr  4:29 pm Moon-Beehive: 3° N
    14  Sa  6:10 pm Moon Ascending Node
    15  Su  6:54 am Moon-Regulus: 0.2° S
    17  Tu  6:04 am Moon-Mars: 1.9° S
    17  Tu  8:21 pm Moon-Venus: 2.1° S
    19  Th  1:24 pm Uranus Opposition from the Sun
    19  Th  3:12 pm New Moon
    21  Sa  6:54 am Orionid Shower: ZHR = 20
    24  Tu  7:54 am Moon-Saturn: 3.6° S
    24  Tu 10:25 pm Moon Apogee: 405,200 km
    25  We  2:13 pm Moon South Dec.: 19.7° S
    26  Th  2:02 pm Jupiter Conjunction with the Sun
    27  Fr  6:22 pm First Quarter
    29  Su  2:41 pm Moon Descending Node
Nov 01  We          Venus: 16.8° W

NASA - SKYCAL - Sky Events Calendar by Fred Espenak and Sumit Dutta (NASA's GSFC) (with occasional annotations)

Active Planetary Space Missions

We have a new location for information on planetary space missions. It's here at the Planetary Society. The chart is created by Olaf Frohn, and is updated every month.

Free Software

Stellarium is a fabulous planetarium program with a very realistic sky and simple controls. The newest version , 0.15.3 is the current beta release.

If you have an older computer download 0.12.8, which may work better for you. They've added some features in the latest version (0.15.n) and and a new rendering engine that may not be compatible with computers more than a year or two old.

Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts) is a great telescope companion. Version 4.0 came out in March 2016. You can download it from

Virtual Moon Atlas is a great tool for reference at the telescope or desk.

Celestia is a great 3D simulator of solar system objects and beyond.

Hallo Northern Sky is an interesting planetarium program. It seems not as polished as Stellarium, but has some cool features. I use it when planning star parties as a quick way to see what would be visible.

Years on the air: 42

Years on the Internet: 22


Updated: 10/01/17