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06/30/2014 – Ephemeris – The celestial snake handler

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Ephemeris for Monday, June 30th.  Today the sun will be up for 15 hours and 30 minutes, setting at 9:31.   The moon, 3 days past new, will set at 11:14 this evening.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 6:01.  |   The red star Antares shines in the south at 11 p.m. In the constellation of Scorpius.  In the area of sky above and a little to the left lies a large constellation of faint stars called Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer.  The constellation shape is like a large bell, which reminds me of the head, shoulders and arms of a fellow that’s holding the snake-like a weight lifter pulling up a heavy bar bell.  The serpent he’s holding is Serpens, the only two-part constellation in the heavens.  The head rises to Ophiuchus’ right and the tail extends up to the left.  In legend Ophiuchus was a great physician, educated by the god Apollo, and the centaur Chiron, also found in the stars as Sagittarius, now rising below and left of him.

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


Ophiuchus and Serpens July 10, 2012 at 11 p.m.. Created using Stellarium.

Ophiuchus and Serpens at 11 p.m.. Created using Stellarium.