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01/24/2014 – Ephemeris – The constellation of Auriga the charioteer

January 24, 2014

Ephemeris for Friday, January 24th.  The sun will rise at 8:09.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 30 minutes, setting at 5:40.   The moon, at last quarter today, will rise at 2:37 tomorrow morning.

The constellation Auriga the charioteer is nearly overhead at 9 p.m.  It is a pentagon of stars, with the brilliant star Capella at one of its corners.  Capella represents a she goat he’s carrying.  A narrow triangle of stars nearby Capella is her kids.  The Kids is an informal constellation or asterism.  Within and near that pentagon, binoculars and telescopes will find several star clusters, groups of hundreds of stars born in the clump we still see them in.  These star clusters will appear as fuzzy spots in binoculars.  One called M38 is near the center of the pentagon.  Another, M36 is to the east of it. Still another star cluster, M37, is farther east, just outside the pentagon.  The M designations come from Charles Messier who 2 centuries ago ran into them while looking for comets.

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



Auriga the charioteer with Taurus below. M38 here is called the Starfish Cluster, a name I am unfamiliar. Created using Stellarium.

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