11/20/2015 – Ephemeris – Finding the bright stars of November
Ephemeris for Friday, November 20th. The Sun will rise at 7:46. It’ll be up for 9 hours and 24 minutes, setting at 5:10. The Moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 2:17 tomorrow morning.
The Moon is beginning to brighten up the sky making constellation spotting somewhat difficult, so I thought we’d look for the brightest stars. High in the west are the three stars of the Summer Triangle. At the bottom in the southwest is Altair, the first of these to set. A bit north of west the brightest, Vega. Highest in the west is Deneb, which won’t officially set for those Interlochen northward. Low in the south is the loneliest star Fomalhaut. In the northeast is the winter star Capella, which also doesn’t set for the IPR listener area, but spends summer nights hiding behind hills and trees in the north. Low in the east is the last of our bright stars, Aldebaran in Taurus the bull, which will be playing hide and seek with the Moon next week.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.