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06/12/2012 – Ephemeris – The bright star Antares

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Ephemeris for Tuesday, June 12th.  Today the sun will be up for 15 hours and 31 minutes, setting at 9:28.   The moon, 1 day past last quarter, will rise at 2:20 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 5:56.

A rival to Mars is now low in southeast at 10:30.  It is the red star Antares, whose names literally means “Rival of Mars”.  This is from the Greek who’s god of war was Ares.  Mars is in the southwest now and a bit brighter than Antares.  When Mars catches up with Antares around October 20th this year, they will be nearly the same brightness, and one would be hard put to tell them apart.  Antares is in the heart of Scorpius the scorpion which lies close to our southern horizon later in the evening, and is best seen next month at an earlier time.  Antares is also a star that appears strange as its twinkling is very pronounced being always close to the horizon for us  sputtering all the colors of the rainbow.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Antares and Mars at 11 p.m. on June 12, 2012.  Created using Stellarium.

Antares and Mars at 11 p.m. on June 12, 2012. Created using Stellarium.

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