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02/02/2016 – Ephemeris – Hard luck Orion

February 2, 2016

Ephemeris for Ground Hog Day, Tuesday, February 2nd.  The Sun will rise at 8:01.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 50 minutes, setting at 5:52.   The Moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 3:31 tomorrow morning.

The large and bright constellation of Orion is now in the south at 9 p.m.  It is seen as an upright rectangle of bright stars, with a belt of three stars in the center.  Orion is a minor character in Greek mythology.  Orion was the son of Neptune, and was a hunter.  He had an ill-fated romance with Merope whose father King Oenopion had him blinded.  After having his sight restored, Orion became a companion of Diana goddess of the hunt and they wanted to marry.  In one story Apollo, Diana’s brother disapproved of Orion also and was able to trick Diana into accidentally killing Orion with her bow.  The heart-broken Diana then placed Orion in the sky with his hunting dogs, were we see him to this day.

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

Addendum

Actually this isn’t the only story of Orion’s death.  The other was that he was stung by a scorpion, also by the urging of Apollo.  This is the explanation as to why Orion and Scorpius the scorpion  are never in the sky at the same time.  However south of the equator that is no longer true, but the Greeks and Romans never ventured that far south enough to see it.

Otion as seem from most of the Earth

Orion from mid latitudes north of the equator. Orion would be upside down if viewed south of the equator. Created using Stellarium.

 

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