10/03/2016 – Ephemeris – Cassiopeia the celestial queen, and a look at Venus with the Moon
Ephemeris for Monday, October 3rd. The Sun will rise at 7:43. It’ll be up for 11 hours and 34 minutes, setting at 7:18. The Moon, 3 days past new, will set at 8:55 this evening.
The stars of autumn are in the northeastern to southeastern part of the evening sky. Look half way up the sky in the northeast at 9 p.m. and you can find the W shaped constellation of Cassiopeia the queen. Cassiopeia never sets for us in Michigan. It is opposite the pole star Polaris from the Big Dipper. Above Cassiopeia is a dim church steeple shaped constellation of Cepheus the king. The steeple is toppled to the left. The Milky Way flows through Cassiopeia and through a corner of Cepheus to the bright star Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, or Northern Cross, overhead. Below Cassiopeia it flows through the constellation of Perseus the hero, which kind of looks like a chicken, to the bright star Capella near the horizon.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
The crescent Moon will appear above Venus tonight.