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12/05/2013 – Ephemeris – The constellation Taurus the bull

December 5, 2013

Ephemeris for Thursday, December 5th.  The sun will rise at 8:03.  It’ll be up for 8 hours and 58 minutes, setting at 5:02.   The moon, 3 days past new, will set at 8:27 this evening.

Early in the evening the moon will appear above the bright planet Venus in the southwest.  Low in the east at 9 p.m. is the constellation of Orion the giant hunter.  Above him is Taurus the bull.  His face is a letter V shape of stars lying on its side with the bright orange-red star Aldebaran at the bottom tip of the V as its angry blood-shot eye.  Orion is depicted in the sky facing with club in one hand and a shield in the other the approaching and in some depictions charging Taurus.  The V of stars is a star cluster called the Hyades.  The Pleiades are in his shoulder above.  Taurus in Greek mythology was the guise the god Zeus when he carried off the maiden Europa.  Europa’s still with him, sort of, as the intriguing satellite orbiting Zeus’ Roman equivalent Jupiter.

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

Addendum

Taurus and Orion

Taurus and Orion in the east at 9 p.m, December 5, 2013. Created using Stellarium.

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