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02/26/2016 – Ephemeris – The lion roars into the evening sky

February 26, 2016

Ephemeris for Friday, February 26th.  The Sun will rise at 7:26.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 59 minutes, setting at 6:25.   The Moon, half way from full to last quarter, will rise at 10:27 this evening.

Besides the advancing sunset times, there is another sign that spring is coming.  That’s the appearance of the constellation Leo the lion rising in the east in the evening.  The front of this beast is a backward question mark of stars with the bright star Regulus as the dot at the bottom.  That’s his head, mane and chest.  His haunches are a triangle of stars to the lower left, the last star is in the east above brilliant planet Jupiter. just clearing the horizon at 9 p.m.  One way to find Leo is to remember that cat’s aren’t supposed to like water, though mine have always had a certain fascination with the toilet.  Find the Big Dipper standing on its handle and imagine drilling a hole in the bottom of the bowl.  The water, falling from the north, will fall on Leo’s back.

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

Addendum

Finding Leo

How to find Leo with Jupiter and the Big Dipper. At 10 p.m. on February 26, 2016. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.

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