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07/02/2019 – Ephemeris – Looking for Draco the Dragon

July 2, 2019

Ephemeris for Tuesday, July 2nd. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 30 minutes, setting at 9:31, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:02. The Moon is new today, and won’t be visible.

Later today Chile and Argentina will experience a total solar eclipse. High in the northern sky at 11 p.m. lies the twisted constellation, that of Draco the dragon. This dragon is more like the snakelike Chinese dragon than the dinosaur-like dragon of European legend. I find it better to start at the tail of Draco, to trace him out in the stars. Draco’s tail starts between the bowl of the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper. The Dragon is seen in a line of stars that extends parallel to the handle of the Big Dipper before curving around the bowl of the Little Dipper then bends back toward the southeast. The head of Draco is an odd box of stars above the bright star Vega, high in the east. Though not made up of very bright stars, Draco has an easy shape to trace.

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

Addendum

Draco finder animation for 11 p.m. July 2. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.

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