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09/15/2014 – Ephemeris – The mer-goat Capricornus

September 15, 2014

Ephemeris for Monday, September 15th.  The sun will rise at 7:21.  It’ll be up for 12 hours and 31 minutes, setting at 7:53.   The moon, at last quarter today, will rise at 12:21 tomorrow morning.

Nearly 2000 years ago the southernmost of the constellations of the zodiac was Capricornus the water goat.  That’s why the latitude on the earth where the sun is overhead on the winter solstice is called the Tropic of Capricorn.  Not any more, Sagittarius, one constellation west and due south at 9 p.m., has that honor today.  Actually Capricornus does need the press.  It’s large, but made up of dim stars.  To me it looks like a 45 degree isosceles triangle, long side up, but which all the sides are sagging.  The constellation is found low in the south at 11 p.m. and tilted a bit from the upper right to the lower left.  The image that is supposed to be represented by the stars is that of a goat whose hind quarters are replaced by a fish’s tail, not a mermaid but a mer-goat.

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


Capricornus as represented by Stellarium

Capricornus as represented by Stellarium.

Capricornus the way I see it. Created ueing Cartes duCiel

Capricornus the way I see it. Created using Cartes duCiel.

Artist's conception

An artist’s rendering of Capricornus. A part of Stellarium’s functionality.

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