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03/03/2014 – Ephemeris – The dim zodiacal constellation of Cancer the Crab

March 3, 2014

Ephemeris for Monday, March 3rd.  The sun will rise at 7:16.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 16 minutes, setting at 6:33.   The moon, 2 days past new, will set at 9:44 this evening.

At 9 this evening, the faint constellation, and member of the Zodiac, Cancer the crab is located in the south-southeast half way between the bright stars Castor and Pollux of the constellation Gemini, high in the south and the bright star Regulus in Leo the lion in the east  Cancer is very dim, looking like an upside-down Y.  In the center of Cancer is a fuzzy spot to the unaided eye.  In binoculars or a low power telescope this fuzzy spot becomes a cluster of stars.  It is the Beehive cluster.  At 525 light years away, it is one of the closest star clusters, but more distant than the Pleiades and Hyades the face of Taurus the bull.  Back a few thousand years ago Cancer was the farthest north of the constellations, Gemini has that honor today.

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

Addendum

Cancer

The constellation Cancer the crab at 9 p.m. March 3, 2014. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Skycharts).

The Beehive

The Beehive star cluster, M44. Its ancient name was the Praesepe or manger when glimpsed by the naked eye. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Skycharts)

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