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12/08/2015 – Ephemeris – The hard charging Taurus the bull

December 8, 2015

Ephemeris for Tuesday, December 8th.  The Sun will rise at 8:07.  It’ll be up for 8 hours and 55 minutes, setting at 5:02.   The Moon, 3 days before new, will rise at 6:03 tomorrow morning.

Low in the east at 9 p.m. is the constellation of Orion the giant hunter .  Above him is Taurus the bull.  His face is a letter V shape of stars lying on its side with the bright orange-red star Aldebaran at the bottom left tip of the V as its angry blood-shot eye.  Orion is depicted in the sky facing with club in one hand and a shield in the other the approaching and in some depictions charging Taurus.  The V of stars is a star cluster called the Hyades.  The Pleiades are in his shoulder above.  Taurus in Greek mythology was the guise the god Zeus when he carried off the maiden Europa.  Europa’s still with him, sort of, as the intriguing satellite orbiting Zeus’ Roman equivalent Jupiter.  In fact the moons around the planet Jupiter are generally named for Jupiter’s lovers and friends.  His wife is missing from the entourage, and will be until the NASA spacecraft Juno reaches Jupiter next year.

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


Taurus and Orion

Three views of Taurus the bull and Orion the hunter for 9 p.m. on December 8, 2015. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.

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