04/04/2016 – Ephemeris – Hydra the water snake will slither along the southern horizon this spring
Ephemeris for Monday, April 4th. The Sun will rise at 7:17. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 57 minutes, setting at 8:14. The Moon, 3 days before new, will rise at 6:18 tomorrow morning.
In the southeastern evening sky can be found the constellation of Hydra the water snake. Unlike the monster of the same name this Hydra has but one head, which is its most distinctive part. At 10 p.m. look to the south-southeast. The head of Hydra is located below a line from the constellation Leo the Lion in the southeast and Gemini high in the southwest. It is directly below Cancer the crab in the south. Hydra’s head is a small but distinctive group of 6 stars that make a loop and the snake’s slightly drooping head. The rest of Hydra wends its way to the southeastern horizon, and eventually ends near the late spring constellation Libra the scales. Over the next few months the rest of Hydra will slither across the southern horizon.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.