10/20/2016 – Ephemeris – Perseus: Is it a hero or a chicken?
Ephemeris for Thursday, October 20th. The Sun will rise at 8:05. It’ll be up for 10 hours and 43 minutes, setting at 6:48. The Moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 10:54 this evening.
Positioned below the W shaped constellation of Cassiopeia half way up the sky in the northeast at 9 p.m. is the constellation of Perseus the hero of Greek myth who slew Medusa and rescued and married Andromeda represented in the constellation above and right of him. Rather than a hero the star pattern seems to look like a chicken or perhaps Big Bird. At least, that’s how I see it. In the back of the chicken is its brightest star Mirfak (Mirphak). Binoculars will show a beautiful group of stars near Mirfak just below unaided eye visibility called the Alpha Persei Association. Tomorrow morning will see the peak of the Orionid meteor shower, though all but the brightest meteors will be overwhelmed by waning gibbous Moon.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.