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04/10/2018 – Ephemeris – How Boötes and the Great Bear got into the sky

April 10, 2018 Comments off

Ephemeris for Tuesday, April 10th. The Sun will rise at 7:07. It’ll be up for 13 hours and 14 minutes, setting at 8:21. The Moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 5:14 tomorrow morning.

Appearing mid way up the sky in the east at 10 p.m. is the kite shaped constellation of Boötes the herdsman. The bright star Arcturus is at the bottom-right of the kite, pointed to by the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper, above it. In one Greek myth Boötes represents a young hunter named Arcas, son of Callisto, a beautiful young lady who had the misfortune of being loved by Zeus the chief of the Greek gods. Zeus’ wife Hera, found out about the affair, and since she couldn’t punish Zeus, turned the poor woman into an ugly bear. Arcas, unaware of the events surrounding his mother’s disappearance in his youth was about to kill the bear when Zeus intervened and placed them both in the sky to save her. To this day Boötes continues to chase the great bear Ursa Major around the pole of the sky each night.

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

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Arcas and Callisto woodcut

Arcas about to slay the bear by the 17th century artist Baur. Source: University of Virginia Electronic Text Center

Arcas and Callisto

Bootes and Ursa Major aka Arcas chasing Callisto around the pole of the sky. Created using Stellarium.

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04/25/2016 – Ephemeris – Arcas and Callisto

April 25, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Monday, April 25th.  The Sun rises at 6:41.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 59 minutes, setting at 8:40.   The Moon, 3 days past full, will rise at 11:56 this evening.

Appearing mid way up the sky in the east at 10 p.m. is the kite shaped constellation of Boötes the herdsman.  The bright star Arcturus is at the bottom of the kite, pointed to by the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper, above it.  In one story Boötes represents a young hunter named Arcas, son of Callisto, a beautiful young lady who had the misfortune of being loved by Zeus the chief of the Greek gods.  Zeus’ wife Hera, found out about the affair, and since she couldn’t punish Zeus, turned the poor woman into an ugly bear.  Arcas, unaware of the events surrounding his mother’s disappearance was about to kill the bear when Zeus intervened and placed them both in the sky to save her.  To this day Boötes continues to chase the great bear Ursa Major around the sky each night.

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

Addendum

Arcas and Callisto

Bootes and Ursa Major aka Arcas chasing Callisto around the pole of the sky. Created using Stellarium.

Arcas and Callisto woodcut

Arcas about to slay the bear by the 17th century artist Baur. Source: University of Virginia Electronic Text Center

04/14/2015 – Ephemeris – Arcas and Callisto

April 14, 2015 Comments off

Ephemeris for Tuesday, April 14th.  The Sun will rise at 7:00.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 25 minutes, setting at 8:26.   The Moon, 3 days past last quarter, will rise at 5:08 tomorrow morning.

Rising in the eastern sky at 10 p.m. tonight is the kite shaped constellation of Boötes the herdsman.  The bright star Arcturus is at the bottom of the kite, pointed to by the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper, overhead.  In one story Boötes represents a young hunter named Arcas, son of Callisto, a beautiful young lady who had the misfortune of being loved by Zeus the chief Greek god.  Zeus’ wife Hera, found out about it, and since she couldn’t punish Zeus, turned Callisto into an ugly bear.  Arcas, unaware of why his mother disappeared in his youth was about to kill the bear when Zeus intervened and placed them both in the sky.  Now Arcas as Boötes chases the Great Bear forever around the pole of the sky each night.

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

Addendum

Arcas and Callisto

Bootes and Ursa Major aka Arcas chasing Callisto around the pole of the sky. Created using Stellarium.

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05/28/2013 – Ephemeris – Boötes the bear chaser

May 28, 2013 Comments off

Ephemeris for Tuesday, May 28th.  Today the sun will be up for 15 hours and 14 minutes, setting at 9:17.   The moon, half way from full to last quarter, will rise at 12:34 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 6:02.

Appearing high in the southeastern sky at 10:30 tonight is the kite shaped constellation of Boötes the herdsman.  The bright star Arcturus is at the bottom of the kite, pointed to by the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper, overhead.  In one story Boötes represents a young hunter named Arcas, son of Callisto, a beautiful young lady who had the misfortune of being loved by Zeus the chief Greek god.  Zeus’ wife Hera, found out about it, and since she couldn’t punish Zeus, turned Callisto into an ugly bear.  Arcas, unaware of why his mother disappeared in his youth was about to kill the bear when Zeus intervened and placed them both in the sky.  Now Arcas as Boötes chases the Great Bear forever around the pole of the sky each day and night.

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

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Bootes and Ursa Major

Bootes and Ursa Major high overhead on late spring evenings at 11 p.m. Created using Stellarium.

04/13/2012 – Ephemeris – The story of Boötes and Ursa Major

April 13, 2012 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, April 13th.  The sun will rise at 7:01.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 24 minutes, setting at 8:25.   The moon, at last quarter today, will rise at 3:37 tomorrow morning.

Rising higher in the eastern sky at 10 p.m. tonight is the kite shaped constellation of Boötes the herdsman.  The bright star Arcturus is at the bottom of the kite, pointed to by the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper, much higher in the east north east.  In one story Boötes represents a young hunter named Arcas, son of Callisto, a beautiful young lady who had the misfortune of being loved by Zeus the chief Greek god.  Zeus’ wife Hera, found out about it, and since she couldn’t punish Zeus, turned Callisto into an ugly bear.  Arcas, unaware of why his mother disappeared in his youth was about to kill the bear when Zeus intervened and placed them both in the sky.  Now Arcas as Boötes chases the Great Bear (Ursa Major) forever around the pole of the sky each night.

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

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Bootes & Ursa Major at 10 p.m. on April 13, 2012.  Created using Stellarium.

Boötes & Ursa Major at 10 p.m. on April 13, 2012. Created using Stellarium.

The constellation artist for Stellarium has Boötes facing the wrong way for my story to work.  Officially Boötes is the herdsman.