11/18/2016 – Ephemeris – Aquarius the water spiller
Ephemeris for Friday, November 18th. The Sun will rise at 7:44. It’ll be up for 9 hours and 26 minutes, setting at 5:11. The Moon, 3 days before last quarter, will rise at 9:43 this evening.
One of the constellations of the zodiac is in the south-southwestern sky at 8 in the evening. It’s the constellation of Aquarius the water bearer. The image that is supposed to be depicted in the stars is that of a hapless fellow spilling a stone jar of water across the sky. Aquarius is fairly hard to spot because it is made of faint stars. One part of him, though, is easy to spot. That is the Water Jar, an asterism or informal constellation. It is a distinctive small nearly equilateral triangle of stars with another star in the center. Stars extending to the right from the water jar are he yoke he’s holding the water jar with. The Water jar is just below the top of the head of the upside down Pegasus the flying horse. The water is flowing down a vertical line of stars.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
The triangle of stars with another star in the center is an asterism called the Water Jar, right where the artist drew it.