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12/16/2022 – Ephemeris – The Anishinaabe constellation of Winter Maker announces the coming of winter

December 16, 2022 Comments off

This is Ephemeris for Friday, December 16th. Today the Sun will be up for 8 hours and 49 minutes, setting at 5:03, and it will rise tomorrow at 8:14. The Moon, at last quarter today, will rise at 1:22 tomorrow morning. | The native peoples of the Great Lakes area are the Anishinaabe, composed of the Odawa or Ottawa, and Chippewa or Ojibwe tribes. One of their great constellations is the Winter Maker, whose central part we know as Orion. Instead of turning to face the charge of Taurus the bull, holds his arms outstretched to embrace all the winter stars. His rising in November foretells the coming of winter. His name in their Anishinaabemowin language means North Wind. Now that winter is almost here, he is moving to the southern part of the sky in the evening to reign over the brilliant stars of winter. The star we call Sirius, the brightest nighttime star, is called Gizhii’anung. Anung means “star”.

The astronomical event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan (EST, UT –5 hours). They may be different for your location.


The Anishinaabe constellation of the Winter Maker

The Anishinaabe constellation of the Winter Maker, whose arms will encompass the rest of the winter stars, once they rise later in the evening. Also shown is the Hole in the Sky, which we know as the Pleiades.