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03/10/2016 – Ephemeris – The many faces of the Big Dipper and Ursa Major

March 10, 2016

Ephemeris for Thursday, March 10th.  The Sun will rise at 7:03.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 39 minutes, setting at 6:43.   The Moon, 2 days past new, will set at 8:59 this evening.

The Big Dipper has many names to many peoples and countries around the world, from the plough, Charles’ Wain, and many others.  Officially to the International Astronomical Union, it’s part of Ursa Major, the Great Bear, also recognized by Native Americans, Europeans, it’s even in the Bible.  In the Book of Job the star Arcturus is a miss-translation.  Arcturus means Guardian of the Bear.  It should be Bear itself, and most modern translations catch that mistake.  Anyway, the Anishinaabe people around the Great Lakes say the stars of the bear are that of another creature, that of Fisher Star one small weasel-like mammal that brought summer to the Earth, and now heralds the seasons of spring and autumn by his position in the sky.

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


Ursa Major

Ursa Major in the northeastern sky at 9 p.m., March 10, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

Fisher Star

Fisher Star. Star field created by Stellarium.

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