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06/28/2016 – Ephemeris – Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown

June 28, 2016

Ephemeris for Tuesday, June 28th.  Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 32 minutes, setting at 9:32, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:00.  The Moon, 1 day past last quarter, will rise at 2:31 tomorrow morning.

High in the south at 11 p.m. can be found a small but easily spotted constellation of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown.  It is located just east or left of the kite shaped constellation of Boötes, with its bright star Arcturus at the bottom.  The Northern Crown is a three-quarters circle of stars, like a tiara, with a brighter star Alphecca or Gemma at the bottom.  Alphecca in Arabic means “Bright star of the broken ring of stars”.  Gemma could mean gem or a bud or blossom, so Corona Borealis could represent a floral crown.  According to Greek mythology it belonged to Princess Ariadne, daughter of King Minos of Crete who helped Theseus escape from the Labyrinth of the Minotaur, only to be abandoned by him on an island.

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


Corona Borealis

Corona Borealis tonight, June 28, 2016. Alphekka is the alternate spelling, European, of Alphecca. Created using Stellarium.


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