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11/03/2016 – Ephemeris – Capricornus, a very strange goat

November 3, 2016

Ephemeris for Thursday, November 3rd.  The Sun will rise at 8:24.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 3 minutes, setting at 6:28.  The Moon, half way from new to first quarter, will set at 9:25 this evening.

The planet Mars is just to the right of the stars of Capricornus, one of the constellations of the zodiac.  Astronomers and others who draw the constellations by drawing lines between stars like a dot to dot puzzle have a hard time getting a sea-goat emerge from its stars.  The sea-goat has the front part of a goat and the back half like a fishes tail.  Kind of like a mergoat, instead of a mermaid.  To me, the constellation looks like a large sagging triangle, just above-left of Mars right now.  It will take Mars only to mid December to cross Capricornus to enter Aquarius, just east of it.   A couple of thousand years ago Capricornus was the location of the winter solstice point in the sky, for which the Tropic of Capricorn was named.  That point is now on the Ophiuchus-Sagittarius border.

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

Addendum

Capricornus

Animated GIF of Capricornus in the sky. Time 9 p.m. November 3, 2016. Created using Stellarium ans GIMP.

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