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11/07/2017 – Ephemeris – The autumn constellations are all visible in the early evening

November 7, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Election Day for some folks, Tuesday, November 7th. The Sun will rise at 7:28. It’ll be up for 9 hours and 54 minutes, setting at 5:23. The Moon, 3 days before last quarter, will rise at 8:49 this evening.

We’ll have about an hour and a half of reasonably dark skies between 6:30 and nearly 9 p.m. – At 8 p.m. all the autumn constellations are visible. The Zodiacal constellations from Capricornus in the southwest through Aquarius, Pisces and Aries, all relatively faint to Taurus rising in the east northeast. Pegasus the flying horse is seen in the high south-southeast. It and the connected constellation of Andromeda the chained princess are seen above Aquarius through Aries. The bright star Fomalhaut holds a lonely vigil low in the south, High in the northeast is the W shaped constellation of Cassiopeia the queen, under which is Perseus, her son-in-law and hero down to the bright star Capella.

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

Autumn constellations.

The sky at 8 p.m. November 7, 2017 showing the autumn constellations, centered on the southeastern sky. Click on the image to enlarge. The Milky Way has been brightened to show its passage through Perseus better. The red line is the ecliptic, the path of the Sun through the Zodiac. Created using Stellarium.

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11/18/2016 – Ephemeris – Aquarius the water spiller

November 18, 2016 Comments off

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.

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Aquarius

Aquarius the water bearer or rather spiller at 8 p.m. tonight, November 18. Note that Mars is in the next constellation west, Capricornus, and will enter Aquarius about mid-December. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.  If you’re using the Firefox browser you can right-click on the image and display the enlarged version.

The triangle of stars with another star in the center is an asterism called the Water Jar, right where the artist drew it.

11/10/2014 – Ephemeris – Where is the constellation of Aquarius the water bearer

November 10, 2014 Comments off

Ephemeris for Monday, November 10th.  The sun will rise at 7:32.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 47 minutes, setting at 5:19.   The moon, half way from full to last quarter, will rise at 8:45 this evening.

One of the constellations of the zodiac is in the southern 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 Aquarius is easy to spot, the Water Jar, an asterism or informal constellation.  It’s a distinctive small nearly equilateral triangle of stars with another star in the center.  Stars extending to the right from the water jar are that stream of water in some depictions.  The body of Aquarius is below, a misshapen balloon of stars that is seen above the bright star Fomalhaut, low in the south.

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

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Aquarius

Aquarius highlighting the Water Jar. Created using Stellarium.

11/05/2012 – Ephemeris – The zodiacal constellation of Aquarius

November 5, 2012 Comments off

Ephemeris for Monday, November 5th.  The sun will rise at 7:26.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 59 minutes, setting at 5:25.   The moon, 1 day before last quarter, will rise at 11:02 this evening.

One of the constellations of the zodiac is in the south sky at 9 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 that stream of water.  The Water Jar is just below the top of the head of the upside down Pegasus the flying horse.  The body of Aquarius is below, a misshapen deflated balloon of stars.

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

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Aquarius

Aquarius and surrounding constellations 9 p.m. November 5, 2012. Created using Cart duCiel (Sky Charts)

 

10/24/11 – Ephemeris – The Constellation Aquarius

October 24, 2011 Comments off

Monday, October 24th.  The sun will rise at 8:09.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 34 minutes, setting at 6:43.   The moon, 2 days before new, will rise at 6:41 tomorrow morning.  |  One of the constellations of the zodiac is in the south southeastern sky at 9 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 is easy to spot, the Water Jar, an asterism or informal constellation.  It’s a distinctive small nearly equilateral triangle of stars with another star in the center.  Stars to the right depict the stream of water being spilled.  The body of Aquarius is below, a misshapen balloon of stars that is seen above the bright star Fomalhaut, low in the south.

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

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Aquarius as visualized by Cartes du Ciel.

Aquarius as visualized by Cartes du Ciel.

Aquarius as visualized by Stellarium

Aquarius as visualized by Stellarium