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06/26/2014 – Ephemeris – Draco the dragon is twisted around the pole of the sky

June 26, 2014 Comments off

Ephemeris for Thursday, June 26th.  Today the sun will be up for 15 hours and 32 minutes, setting at 9:31, the latest sunset.   The moon, 1 day before new, will rise at 6:32 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 5:59.

High in the northern sky at 11 p.m. lies the twisted constellation, that of Draco the dragon.  This dragon is more like the snakelike Chinese dragon than the dinosaur like dragon of European legend.  I find it better to start at the tail of Draco, to trace him out in the stars.  Draco’s tail starts between the bowl of the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper.  The Dragon is seen in a line of stars that extends parallel to the handle of the Big Dipper before curving around the bowl of the Little Dipper then bends back toward the south.  The head of Draco is an odd box of stars near the bright star Vega, high in the east.  Though not made up of very bright stars, Draco has an easy shape to trace.

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

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Draco via Stellarium

Draco via Stellarium in approximately the same orientation as the Jamieson atlas below. You’s have to face southeast and bend over backward to see this orientation in the sky.

Draco

Draco the Dragon as drawn in Alexander Jamieson’s 1820 Celestial Atlas as printer in Men, Monsters and the Modern Universe by George Lovi and Wil Tirion, 1989, Willmann-Bell, Richmond, VA

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09-24-2013 – Ephemeris – The dragon in the sky

September 24, 2013 Comments off

Ephemeris for Tuesday, September 24th.  The sun will rise at 7:32.  It’ll be up for 12 hours and 3 minutes, setting at 7:35.   The moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 10:40 this evening.

High in the northern sky at 9 p.m. lies a twisted constellation, that of Draco the dragon.  This dragon is more like the snakelike Chinese dragon than the dinosaur like dragon of European legend.  At least that’s how I see it.  I find it better to start at the tail of Draco, to trace him out in the stars.  Draco’s tail starts between the bowl of the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper.  The Dragon is seen in a line of stars that extends parallel to the handle of the Big Dipper before curving around the bowl of the Little Dipper to the east then bends back toward the west.  The head of Draco is an odd box of stars near the bright star Vega, nearly overhead.  Though not made up of very bright stars, Draco has an easy shape to trace.

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

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Draco

Draco and neighboring constellations at 9 .m. September 24, 2013. Created using Stellarium. Constellation art by Johan Meuris.

07/16/2012 – Ephemeris – The constellation Draco the dragon

July 16, 2012 1 comment

Ephemeris for Monday, July 16th.  Today the sun will be up for 15 hours and 10 minutes, setting at 9:23.   The moon, 3 days before new, will rise at 4:50 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 6:13.

High in the northern sky at 11 p.m. lies a twisted constellation, that of Draco the dragon.  This dragon is more like the snake-like Chinese dragon than the dinosaur like Hungarian Horntail of Harry Potter fame.  At least that’s how I see it.  I find it better to start at the tail of Draco, to trace him out in the stars.  Draco’s tail starts between the bowl of the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper.  The Dragon is seen in a line of stars that extends parallel to the handle of the Big Dipper before curving around the bowl of the Little Dipper then bends back toward the south.  The head of Draco is an odd box of stars near the bright star Vega, nearly overhead.  Though not made up of very bright stars, Draco has an easy shape to trace.

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

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Draco the Dragon. Created with Stellarium.

Draco the dragon at 11 p.m. July 16th looking high in the north. Created using Stellarium.

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