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04/09/2015 – Ephemeris – Two water creatures among the stars

April 9, 2015

Ephemeris for Thursday, April 9th.  The Sun will rise at 7:09.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 10 minutes, setting at 8:20.   The Moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 1:30 tomorrow morning.

Hydra the water snake is the longest of the constellations.  Its head is a group of five stars in a close group below a line between Leo the Lion and Gemini the twins in the southwest.  This year it is below Jupiter.  Its stars drop down and skirt the horizon underneath Corvus the crow, an interesting box-like constellation and Virgo and dip below the horizon in the southeast.  It takes a low southern horizon to follow its body that far.  It’s brightest star is Alphard.  To the native peoples around here the sickle of Leo, the head of Hydra and stars down to Alphard made the Great Underwater Leopard, ready to snatch the foolish who ventured out on the thin ice and broke through this time of year.

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

Addendum

Hydra

Hydra finder chart for 9:30 p.m. April 9, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Great Underwater Panther

The Anishinaabek Great Underwater Panther. 9:30 p.m. April 9, 2015. Created using Stellarium. Constellation by Bob Moler, based on a video by Michael Wassegijig Price.

The video is here.

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