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11/25/2014 – Ephemeris – Cassiopeia the constellation

November 25, 2014

Ephemeris for Tuesday, November 25th.  The sun will rise at 7:52.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 14 minutes, setting at 5:06.   The moon, 3 days past new, will set at 8:33 this evening.

Nearing the zenith at 8 p.m. is the W shaped constellation of Cassiopeia the queen.  It’s actually just north of the zenith and since we’re half way from the equator and the north pole at near 45 degrees north, Cassiopeia will not set.  Cassiopeia we say is circumpolar.  Cassiopeia will rise is set if you’re in Florida.  In Antarctica Cassiopeia is a just rumor, just as the Southern Cross is to us in Michigan since it never rises.  Cassiopeia lies against the Milky Way, so there are a lot of star clusters in it.  Unfortunately they can be seen only in telescopes.   In 1572 the last of the pre-telescopic astronomers Tycho Brahe discovered a bright star that suddenly appeared.  His discovery broke open the Aristotelian belief that the heavens were changeless.

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

Addendum

Cassiopeia at the zenith.

Looking straight up at the zenith, facing the south, Cassiopeia is just north of the zenith. The lines are radiating from the zenith. where the + sign is. Created using Cartes du Ciel.

My neck hurts just making this chart.

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