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.

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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.

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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

November 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 November 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
Nov 01  We          Venus: 16.8° W
    02  Th  8:58 am Venus-Spica: 3.5° N
    04  Sa 12:23 am Full Moon
    05  Su  6:22 am South Taurid Shower: ZHR = 5
    05  Su  7:09 am Moon Perigee: 361400 km
    05  Su  9:19 pm Moon-Aldebaran: 0.7° S
                    Occultation visible
                    from the eastern US and
                    northern Europe.
                    See map below.
    07  Tu  8:28 pm Moon North Dec.: 19.8° N
    09  Th  8:58 pm Moon-Beehive: 2.7° N
    10  Fr  3:37 pm Last Quarter
    10  Fr  5:40 pm Moon Ascending Node
    11  Sa 11:07 am Moon-Regulus: 0.4° S
    12  Su  5:39 am North Taurid Shower: ZHR = 5
    12  Su 12:48 pm Mercury-Antares: 2.2° N
    14  Tu  7:40 pm Moon-Mars: 3.4° S
    17  Fr 11:56 am Leonid Shower: ZHR = 10
    18  Sa  6:42 am New Moon
    20  Mo  7:34 am Moon-Saturn: 3.3° S
    21  Tu  1:52 pm Moon Apogee: 406100 km
    21  Tu  9:06 pm Moon South Dec.: 20° S
    23  Th  6:59 pm Mercury Elongation: 22° E
    25  Sa  3:22 am Moon Descending Node
    26  Su 12:03 pm First Quarter
    29  We  9:27 am Mars-Spica: 3.1° N
Dec 01  Fr          Venus: 9.4° W

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

Occultation of Aldebaran

Map of the area where the occultation of Aldebaran will be visible. Created using Occult 4 from

For Traverse City/Internochen the occultation will start at 8:07 p.m. EST November 5 and end at 9:00 p.m.

It will vary by a few minutes for northern lower Michigan. Otherwise use a planetarium program like Stellarium to preview the event. However, set the program for topocentric coordinates. In Stellarium that’s in the Configuration window, Tools Tab and check the Topocentric coordinates box. Topocentric coordinates are the apparent positions for your location on the Earth. For Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts) The setting is under Setup/Solar System. So also make sure your location is correct. The geocentric conjunction of the two bodies will be November 6, 2:42.9 UTC, so it will occur after midnight on the morning of November 6th for locations in northern Europe and Asia.

I’ll have more information on November 5th on my blog

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 , 0.16.1 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 (0.16.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.

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Years on the Internet: 22


Updated: 11/01/17