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05/23/2019 – Ephemeris – A look at the constellation of Corona Borealis

May 23, 2019 Comments off

Ephemeris for Thursday, May 23rd. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 5 minutes, setting at 9:12, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:06. The Moon, 3 days before last quarter, will rise at 1:37 tomorrow morning.

High in the east-southeast at 11 this evening can be seen a small nearly circular constellation of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown. It is just below Boötes, the kite shaped constellation off the handle of the Big Dipper. According to Greek myth the crown was given by the gods to the princess Ariadne, daughter of King Minos of Crete. The crown is more like a tiara with the bright star Alphecca at the front. To the Anishinaabe people, who are natives of our region it is the Sweat Lodge. Part of what we call Hercules next to it is the Exhausted Bather, who is lying on the ground after the ceremony. The seven stones that are heated for the Sweat Lodge are the Pleiades, now too close to the Sun to be seen.

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

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Corona Borealis and Sweat Lodge

Animated Corona Borealis Finder Chart looking to the east-southeast at 11 p.m. May 23rd Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.

06/04/2018 – Ephemeris – Ariadne’s crown

June 4, 2018 Comments off

Ephemeris for Monday, June 4th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 24 minutes, setting at 9:23, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:58. The Moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 1:47 tomorrow morning.

High in the southeast at 11 p.m. can be found a small but easily spotted constellation of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown. It is located just east or left of the kite shaped constellation of Boötes, with its bright star Arcturus at the base. The Northern Crown is a semicircle of stars, like a tiara, with a brighter star Gemma at the bottom. Despite the obvious allusion of stars to diamonds and the sound of one of the star’s name, this is not a gem studded crown. Gemma means blossom, so Corona Borealis may represent a floral crown. According to Greek mythology it belonged to Princess Ariadne, daughter of King Minos of Crete. She was abandoned by Theseus, whom she helped out of the Labyrinth of the Minotaur.

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

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Corona Borealis finder chart

Animated Corona Borealis Finder Chart looking to the southeast at 10:30 p.m. June 4, 2018. Corona Borealis is  a small constellation, so I added its neighbors for context.  Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.

05/18/2017 – Ephemeris – Finding Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown

May 18, 2017 Comments off

Ephemeris for Thursday, May 18th.  Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 56 minutes, setting at 9:07, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:10.  The Moon, at last quarter today, will rise at 2:54 tomorrow morning.

In the east at 11 this evening can be seen a small nearly circular constellation of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown.  It is just below Boötes, the kite shaped constellation off the handle of the Big Dipper.  According to Greek myth the crown was given by the gods to the princess Ariadne, daughter of King Minos of Crete.  The crown is more like a tiara with the bright star Alphecca at the front.  To the Anishinaabek people, who are natives of our region it is the Sweat Lodge.  Part of what we call Hercules next to it is the Exhausted Bather, who is lying on the ground after the ceremony.  The seven stones that are heated for the Sweat Lodge are the Pleiades, now too close to the Sun to be seen.

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

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Corona Borealis, the Sweat Lodge

Animation for finding and showing Corona Borealis, the Sweat Lodge and nearby constellations. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.  Click on the image to enlarge.

The source for the Ojibwe constellation art in Stellarium is from Ojibwe Sky Star Map Constellation Guide (An introduction to Ojibwe Star Knowledge) by Annette S. Lee, William Wilson, Jeffrey Tibbetts, and Carl Gawboy, ISBN 978-0-615-98678-4.  The illustrations are by Annette S. Lee and William Wilson.  There is also a poster sized star map available.  It should be available in book stores locally, or at Amazon.  I found my copy at Enerdyne in Suttons Bay.

 

06/28/2016 – Ephemeris – Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown

June 28, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Tuesday, June 28th.  Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 32 minutes, setting at 9:32, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:00.  The Moon, 1 day past last quarter, will rise at 2:31 tomorrow morning.

High in the south at 11 p.m. can be found a small but easily spotted constellation of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown.  It is located just east or left of the kite shaped constellation of Boötes, with its bright star Arcturus at the bottom.  The Northern Crown is a three-quarters circle of stars, like a tiara, with a brighter star Alphecca or Gemma at the bottom.  Alphecca in Arabic means “Bright star of the broken ring of stars”.  Gemma could mean gem or a bud or blossom, so Corona Borealis could represent a floral crown.  According to Greek mythology it belonged to Princess Ariadne, daughter of King Minos of Crete who helped Theseus escape from the Labyrinth of the Minotaur, only to be abandoned by him on an island.

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

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Corona Borealis

Corona Borealis tonight, June 28, 2016. Alphekka is the alternate spelling, European, of Alphecca. Created using Stellarium.

 

06/19/2014 – Ephemeris – The constellation Hercules

June 19, 2014 Comments off

Ephemeris for Thursday, June 19th.  Today the sun will be up for 15 hours and 33 minutes, setting at 9:30.   The moon, at last quarter today, will rise at 1:50 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 5:57.

Orion, the hard luck Greek hunter gets a splashy constellation in the winter sky, but the greatest hero of all, Hercules, gets a dim group of stars on the border between the spring and summer stars.  At 11 p.m. Hercules is high in the southeast.  It is located above and right of the bright star, Vega in the east.  Hercules’ central feature is a keystone shaped box of stars, called the Keystone, which represents the old boy’s shorts.  From each top corner extend lines of stars that are his legs, from the bottom stars, the rest of his torso and arms extend.  So in one final indignity he’s upside down in our sky. Some see him crouched down, club upraised holding the Hydra about to throttle it.  [For those with a telescope it contains the beautiful globular star cluster M13.]

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

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The constellation Hercules and his neighbors.

The constellation Hercules and his neighbors. Created with Stellarium.

On Tuesday I mentioned that for the Anishinabek people around the Great Lakes, Corona Borealis is a Sweat Lodge.  Incidentally the Pleiades, only seen in the sky at the same time as Corona Borealis on autumn evenings on opposite ends of the sky, are the seven stones of the Sweat Lodge ceremony.  The stars of Hercules represents one poor fellow, who couldn’t stand the heat of the sweat lodge and is splayed on the snow near by.

M13

M13, the Great Globular Star Cluster in Hercules. Credit: Scott Anttila

 

06/17/2014 – Ephemeris – The constellation Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown

June 17, 2014 Comments off

Ephemeris for Tuesday, June 17th.  Today the sun will be up for 15 hours and 33 minutes, setting at 9:30.   The moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 12:46 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 5:56.

High in the south at 11 p.m. can be found a small but easily spotted constellation of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown.  It is located just east or left of the kite shaped constellation of Boötes, with its bright star Arcturus at the base.  The Northern Crown is a semicircle of stars, like a tiara, with a brighter star Gemma at the bottom.  Despite the obvious allusion of stars to diamonds and the sound of the star’s name, this is not a gem studded crown.  Gemma means blossom, so Corona Borealis may represent a floral crown.  According to Greek mythology it belonged to Princess Ariadne, daughter of King Minos of Crete.  She was abandoned by Theseus, whom she helped out of the Labyrinth of the Minotaur.

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

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Corona Borealis with Boötes

Corona Borealis with Boötes. Created with Stellarium.

For the Anishinabek peoples around the Great Lakes, Corona Borealis is a Sweat Lodge.

06/03/2013 – Ariadne’s crown is our Corona Borealis

June 3, 2013 3 comments

Ephemeris for Monday, June 3rd.  Today the sun will be up for 15 hours and 23 minutes, setting at 9:22.   The moon, 3 days past last quarter, will rise at 3:36 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 5:58.

Here we go, starting Ephemeris’ 39th trip around the sun with the constellation of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown.  In the east at 11 this evening it can be seen as small nearly circular constellation.  It is just below and left of Boötes, the kite shaped constellation off the handle of the Big Dipper.  According to Greek myth the crown was given by the god Dionysus to the princess Ariadne, daughter of King Minos of Crete.  The crown is more like a tiara with the bright star Gemma also known as Alphecca at the front.  While stars suggest that the crown is diamond studded, the meaning of Gemma, a blossom suggests to me that Corona Borealis is a floral crown.   It is known in many lands as many different things.

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

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Corona Borealis with Boötes

Corona Borealis with Boötes. Created with Stellarium.