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10/12/2020 – Ephemeris – Columbus’ lucky mistake

October 12, 2020 Comments off

This is Ephemeris for Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day, Monday, October 12th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 7 minutes, setting at 7:02, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:56. The Moon, 3 days past last quarter, will rise at 3:32 tomorrow morning.

Columbus has become a controversial person in recent years mainly on how he treated the indigenous peoples and the havoc subsequent Europeans wrought on them and their culture for the last 600 plus years. I maintain that he was also bad at geography. That the Earth was round was not an issue among the educated of his day. The Earth’s size, however, was. The Earth’s circumference accepted by most scholars of that day was pretty close to the modern value of about 25 thousand miles. Columbus thought it was about 7 thousand miles less putting the Orient that much closer by sailing west from Europe. This was a minority opinion, but he convinced the king and queen of Spain to finance his venture based on it.

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

Addendum

Wikipedia entry for Eratosthenes who calculated the circumference of the Earth in the 3rd century BCE.

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10/14/2019 – Ephemeris – Columbus Day

October 14, 2019 Comments off

Ephemeris for Columbus Day, Monday, October 14th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 3 minutes, setting at 7:00, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:57. The Moon, 1 day past full, will rise at 7:49 this evening.

Today the United States celebrates Columbus Day, a Monday near the date Christopher Columbus landed on a Caribbean island, and found people who got there at least 15 thousand years earlier. Due to superior technology, and nothing else really, the Europeans conquered the peoples of the continents they called the Americas, deeming the indigenous peoples, incorrectly, as savages. My astronomical journey started with learning the constellations and their stories from the ancient Greeks. About seven years ago I began to investigate the constellations and stories of the Anishinaabe peoples whose ancient lands we live on, which turn out to be as rich and meaningful as those I learned in my youth from the Old World.

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

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10/09/2017 – Ephemeris – Old World vs New World

October 9, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Columbus Day observed, Monday, October 9th. The Sun will rise at 7:50. It’ll be up for 11 hours and 17 minutes, setting at 7:07. The Moon, 3 days before last quarter, will rise at 10:09 this evening.

Today the United States celebrates Columbus Day , a Monday near the date Christopher Columbus landed on a Caribbean island, and found people who got there at least 15 thousand years earlier. Due to superior technology, and nothing else really, the Europeans conquered the peoples of the continents they called the Americas, deeming the indigenous peoples, incorrectly, as savages.

My astronomical journey started with learning the constellations and their stories from the ancient Greeks. About five years ago I began to investigate the constellations and stories of the Anishinaabek peoples whose ancient lands we live on, which turn out to be as rich and as meaningful as those I learned in my youth from the Old World.

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