08/02/2016 – Ephemeris – The Scorpion has visitors this year
Ephemeris for Tuesday, August 2nd. The Sun rises at 6:30. It’ll be up for 14 hours and 35 minutes, setting at 9:06. The Moon is new today, and won’t be visible.
There’s a large constellation located low in the south as it gets dark about 10:30 tonight It’s Scorpius the scorpion. Its brightest star is Antares in its heart, a red giant star whose name means “Rival of Mars”. From Antares to the right is a star then a vertical arc of three stars that is its head. The Scorpion’s tail is a line of stars running down to the left of Antares swooping near the horizon before coming back up and ending in a pair of stars that portray his poisonous stinger. This year the planet Saturn appears almost directly above Antares. Tonight Mars is right of Antares. On the 23rd of this month Mars will pass just above
Antares, between it and Saturn, making line of three bright objects. Mars is currently brighter than Antares.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
The red lines are the official constellation boundaries by the International Astronomical Union. From the look of some of the boundaries, astronomers apparently gerrymander as well as our politicians.
For those unfamiliar with gerrymandering put “gerrymander” in your favorite search engine or Wikipedia.