09/26/2016 – Ephemeris – Pegasus flies through autumn skies
Ephemeris for Monday, September 26th. The Sun will rise at 7:35. It’ll be up for 11 hours and 56 minutes, setting at 7:31. The Moon, 3 days past last quarter, will rise at 4:05 tomorrow morning.
Rising and almost half way up the sky in the east at as it gets dark around 9 p.m. can be found one of the great autumn constellations: Pegasus the flying horse of Greek myth. Its most visible feature is a large square of four stars, now standing on one corner. This feature, called the Great Square of Pegasus, represents the front part of the horse’s body. The horse is quite aerobatic, because it is seen flying upside down. Remembering that fact, the neck and head is a bent line of stars emanating from the right corner star of the square. Its front legs can be seen in a gallop extending to the upper right from the top star of the square. From the left star extend, not hind legs but the constellation of Andromeda, rescued with the help of Pegasus.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.