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03/09/2015 – Ephemeris – The Big Dipper, a sign of spring

March 9, 2015

Ephemeris for Monday, March 9th.  The Sun will rise at 8:06.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 34 minutes, setting at 7:40.   The Moon, 4 days before last quarter, will rise at 11:43 this evening.

There’s a sign of spring appearing in the sky, rising high in the northeast.  It’s the Big Dipper standing on its handle.  In the native story of the Fisher Star, it’s the sign that it’s time for the maple sugar season.  The Big Dipper is part of Ursa Major the great bear or a weasel-like creature called Fisher or Fisher Star.  Draw a line through the bottom of the bowl of the dipper as if it leaks, and it will drip on the back of Leo the lion in the southeast.  The handle of the Big Dipper will arc to Arcturus after 10 p.m. when that star rises.  The most important guide that the Big Dipper provides is to point to Polaris, the north star.  The two stars at the front of the  bowl of the dipper point to Polaris, that alone of all the stars appears fixed in the north.

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


Big Dipper & Fisher Star

The Big Dipper, part of Ursa Major and also part of Fisher Star in the northeastern sky at 9 p.m. March 9, 2015

For the story of Fisher Star follow this link.

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