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11/21/2016 – Ephemeris – The two fishies of Pisces

November 21, 2016

Ephemeris for Monday, November 21st.  The Sun will rise at 7:48.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 20 minutes, setting at 5:08.  The Moon, at last quarter today, will rise at 12:54 tomorrow morning.

High in the south-southeast at 9 p.m. are the four bright stars of the Great Square of Pegasus, the upside down flying horse.  Lying along the left and bottom sides of the great square is the constellation of Pisces the fish, one of the 12 constellations of the Zodiac that lie along the path of the sun, moon and planets.  Even though the constellation is called the fish, the fish themselves are not represented in the stars.  What can be traced in the stars is the rope, that’s tied to their tails, anchored at the extreme southeastern part of the constellation that is seen in the stars.  The right or western end of Pisces is the asterism, or informal constellation, of the Circlet.  It’s the loop of 5 stars, the rope around the tail of one of the two fish.

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



An animation of the constellation of Pisces the fish, showing first the stars, then the constellation outline including those of Pegasus, and Aquarius, then an artist rendering. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.

I don’t care what the artists think, I still think the circlet is a loop around the western fish’s tail.

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