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02/25/2016 – Ephemeris – The Crab and the Beehive

February 25, 2016

Ephemeris for Thursday, February 25th.  The Sun will rise at 7:27.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 56 minutes, setting at 6:24.   The Moon, 3 days past full, will rise at 9:29 this evening.

At 9 this evening, the faint constellation, and member of the Zodiac, Cancer the crab will be located in the southeastern sky half way between the bright stars Castor and Pollux of the constellation Gemini, high in the south and the bright star Regulus in Leo the lion and Jupiter in the east.  Cancer is very dim, looking like an upside-down Y.  In the center of Cancer is a fuzzy spot to the unaided eye.  In binoculars or a low power telescope this fuzzy spot becomes a cluster of stars.  It is Messier 44 or the Beehive star cluster.  At 577 light years away, it is one of the closest star clusters, but more distant than the Pleiades and Hyades the face of Taurus the bull.  Of the three the Pleiades is the youngest at 100 million years.  The Beehive is 7 times older.

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


Cancer Finder Chart

Cancer Finder Chart. Created using Stellarium.

The Beehive

The Beehive star cluster, M44, a great binocular object. Its ancient name was the Praesepe or manger when glimpsed by the naked eye as a fuzzy spot. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts)

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