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06/02/2014 – Ephemeris – The Big Dipper points to other stars and constellations

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Ephemeris for Monday, June 2nd.  Today the sun will be up for 15 hours and 21 minutes, setting at 9:21.   The moon, 3 days before first quarter, will set at 12:41 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 5:59.

The Big Dipper points to other stars and constellations.  Right now the Big Dipper is nearly overhead.  The front bowl stars point to Polaris, the North Star which never seems to move in the sky.  The handle can be used to find two stars.  First follow the arc of the handle away from the bowl to find the fourth brightest night time star Arcturus in the base of the kite shaped constellation of Boötes.  Straighten the arc to a spike and continue to the south and you will come to the bright blue-white star Spica in Virgo the virgin.  Don’t confuse it with reddish Mars to the right of it now.  You can remember these stars with the phrase “Follow the arc of the handle to Arcturus and then spike to Spica”

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

Addendum

Big Dipper

The Big Dipper can be used to point to other stars and constellations in the spring sky. Credit: My LookingUp program.

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