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10/28/2013 – Ephemeris – The constellation Perseus the hero

October 28, 2013

Ephemeris for Monday, October 28th. The sun will rise at 8:15. It’ll be up for 10 hours and 21 minutes, setting at 6:36. The moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 2:54 tomorrow morning.

About a third the way from the east northeastern horizon to the zenith at 9 p.m. and below the letter W shaped constellation of Cassiopeia the queen is Perseus the hero.  It’s kind of a odd shape for a hero,  To me it looks like a chicken running across the road.  To those who’s imagination doesn’t run to poultry, its shape is also like the Greek letter pi.  It’s two brightest stars are Mirfak and Algol the demon star.  Look at the area around Mirfak with binoculars and you will see a large group of stars just below naked eye visibility.  It’s called the Alpha Persei association.  That because Mirfak is Alpha Persei.  The group is about 560 light years away, which means, though close, are farther away than the Pleiades, below and right of them.

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

Addendum

Perseus

Perseus finder chart. Note the star Mirfak is spelled Mirphak on the chart. Created using Stellarium.

Alpha Persei Association

Alpha Persei Association. Created using Stellarium.

 

Perseus and the head of Medusa from the 1690 Uranographia by Johannes Hevelius.

Perseus and the head of Medusa from the 1690 Uranographia by Johannes Hevelius. Image found with the article on Algol in Wikipedia.

 

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