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04/14/2015 – Ephemeris – Arcas and Callisto

April 14, 2015

Ephemeris for Tuesday, April 14th.  The Sun will rise at 7:00.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 25 minutes, setting at 8:26.   The Moon, 3 days past last quarter, will rise at 5:08 tomorrow morning.

Rising in the eastern sky at 10 p.m. tonight is the kite shaped constellation of Boötes the herdsman.  The bright star Arcturus is at the bottom of the kite, pointed to by the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper, overhead.  In one story Boötes represents a young hunter named Arcas, son of Callisto, a beautiful young lady who had the misfortune of being loved by Zeus the chief Greek god.  Zeus’ wife Hera, found out about it, and since she couldn’t punish Zeus, turned Callisto into an ugly bear.  Arcas, unaware of why his mother disappeared in his youth was about to kill the bear when Zeus intervened and placed them both in the sky.  Now Arcas as Boötes chases the Great Bear forever around the pole of the sky each night.

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

Addendum

Arcas and Callisto

Bootes and Ursa Major aka Arcas chasing Callisto around the pole of the sky. Created using Stellarium.

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