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05/12/2020 – Ephemeris – Hydra the water snake slithers along the southern horizon

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This is Ephemeris for Tuesday, May 12th. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 44 minutes, setting at 9:01, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:16. The Moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 2:33 tomorrow morning.

Low in the south and southwestern sky at 10 p.m. and later can be found the constellation of Hydra the water snake. Unlike the monster of the same name this Hydra has but one head, which is its most distinctive part. At 11 p.m. the head of Hydra is located between the bright stars Procyon in the west southwest and Regulus in Leo the lion in the southwest. Hydra’s head is a small but distinctive group of 6 stars that make a drooping loop to the right. The rest of Hydra wends its way diagonally to near the southern horizon below the bright blue star Spica in Virgo. Some delineations of Hydra have the tail tickling the constellation Libra which has just risen in the southeast.

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

Addendum

Hydra finder animation

Hydra finder animation for tonight, May 12, 2020. Hydra is the longest constellation. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.