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03/16/2017 – Ephemeris – Curly Tail, The Great Underwater Panther

March 16, 2017 Comments off

Ephemeris for Thursday, March 16th.  The Sun will rise at 7:52.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 57 minutes, setting at 7:50.  The Moon, half way from full to last quarter, will rise at 12:03 tomorrow morning.

The Anishinabek people of the Great Lakes Region, which includes the Ottawa, Chippewa and Ojibwe Indians have two constellations of winter that I know of.  The first is The Winter Maker which uses many of Orion’s stars plus Procyon the Little Dog Star.  It rises in the eastern skies in the evening as winter is beginning.  The second is the Curly Tail, the Great Underwater Panther.  Which uses the stars of Leo the lion’s backward question mark as its tail and the small knot of stars that are the head of Hydra the water snake below Cancer as its head.  I imagine this constellation was a warning to youngsters to keep off the thinning ice of spring, lest they fall in and be snatched by the great underwater panther that lives beneath the ice.

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

Addendum

Ojibwe constellations

An animated GIF rotating between an unannotated star field facing south at 10 p.m. March 16th.; Western constellation names and lines for Orion, Hydra, and Leo; Western constellation art, Ojibwe constellation names and lines; and Ojibwe constellation art. Created using Stellarium. The Ojibwe constellation art is supplied as part of the latest version of Stellarium.  Click on the image to enlarge.

The source for the Ojibwe constellation art 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.

Also shown is the Pleiades, which to the Ojibwe is Hole in the Sky, which has to do with the Shaking Tent Ceremony.  The Pleiades is also known as the Sweating Stones, the heated stones used in the Sweat Lodge Ceremony.  In the later spring sky the Sweat Lodge itself is seen in the stars of the Western Corona Borealis.

Note:  As far as tribe names go:  Ottawa = Odawa, and Chippewa = Ojibwe.

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02/04/2016 – Ephemeris – The Great Underwater Panther & Fun star contest tonight

March 4, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, March 4th.  The Sun will rise at 7:14.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 21 minutes, setting at 6:35.   The Moon, 3 days past last quarter, will rise at 4:47 tomorrow morning.

The Anishnabek people of the Great Lakes Region, which includes the Odawa and Chippewa Indians have two constellations of winter that I know of.  The first is The Winter Maker which uses many of Orion’s stars plus Procyon the Little Dog Star.  It rises in the eastern skies in the evening as winter is beginning.  The second is the Great Underwater Panther.  Which uses the stars of Leo the lion’s backward question mark as its tail and the small knot of stars that are the head of hydra the water snake below Cancer as its head.  I imagine this constellation was a warning to youngsters to keep off the thinning ice of spring, lest they fall in and be snatched by the great underwater panther that lives down there.

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

Addendum

Leo and Hydra Vs GreatUnderwaterPanther

Alternately showing Leo and Hydra of our “Western” constellation and the Anishinabek constellation of the Great Underwater Panther. Created using Stellarium. The constellation drawing of the panther is mine after Michael Wassegijig Price.

Starpardy Tonight!

An astronomical quiz between the astronomy students and members of the Northwestern Michigan College Astronomy Club vs. the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will be held tonight at 8 p.m. at the NMC Observatory.  Folks attending can watch and learn or join one of the teams.  The format is that of the popular Jeopardy show.  These quizzes used to be called Star Bowls, after the old College Bowl TV shows.   It’s been morphed into the Jeopardy format over the years, so this year I’m calling it Starpardy.  And I can…  I play Alex Trebek for this one, my second outing.  Professor Jerry Dobek will be scorekeeper and arbiter of the Final Starpardy response, which will be open-ended this time.  So come, enjoy the fun.

After the quiz there will be, weather permitting, a star party, and clear or not Becky Shaw will be by to continue her series on female astronomers of history and present day.

04/09/2015 – Ephemeris – Two water creatures among the stars

April 9, 2015 Comments off

Ephemeris for Thursday, April 9th.  The Sun will rise at 7:09.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 10 minutes, setting at 8:20.   The Moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 1:30 tomorrow morning.

Hydra the water snake is the longest of the constellations.  Its head is a group of five stars in a close group below a line between Leo the Lion and Gemini the twins in the southwest.  This year it is below Jupiter.  Its stars drop down and skirt the horizon underneath Corvus the crow, an interesting box-like constellation and Virgo and dip below the horizon in the southeast.  It takes a low southern horizon to follow its body that far.  It’s brightest star is Alphard.  To the native peoples around here the sickle of Leo, the head of Hydra and stars down to Alphard made the Great Underwater Leopard, ready to snatch the foolish who ventured out on the thin ice and broke through this time of year.

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

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Hydra

Hydra finder chart for 9:30 p.m. April 9, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Great Underwater Panther

The Anishinaabek Great Underwater Panther. 9:30 p.m. April 9, 2015. Created using Stellarium. Constellation by Bob Moler, based on a video by Michael Wassegijig Price.

The video is here.

03/27/2014 – Ephemeris – Hydra and the Great Underwater Panther

March 27, 2014 2 comments

Ephemeris for Thursday, March 27th. The sun will rise at 7:32. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 31 minutes, setting at 8:03. The moon, 3 days before new, will rise at 6:06 tomorrow morning.

Today I will take a fresh, for me at least look at the constellation of Hydra the water snake of Greek origin and the Great Underwater Panther of our local Anishinabek people. Between the bright star Regulus in Leo the lion and Procyon in Canis Minor, Orion’s small hunting dog is a drooping group of 6 stars that makes up the head of Hydra. The rest of his stars trail snakily to the southeastern horizon at 10 p.m. He won’t be fully risen until 1 a.m. In the mythology of the Anishinabek people The head of Hydra is the head of the Great Underwater Panther, his back and tail run to Regulus and the front of Leo. In the spring of thinning ice when someone broke through it was credited to this panther, who pulled the person underwater.

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

Addendum

The Anishinabek people contain the Ojibwe or Chippewa, Ottawa or Odawa, and Algonquin peoples.  The Chippewa and Ottawa are indigenous to much of northern Michigan.

Leo and Hydra Vs GreatUnderwaterPanther

Alternately showing Leo and Hydra of our “Western” constellations and the Anishinabek constellation of the Great Underwater Panther. Created using Stellarium. The constellation drawing of the panther is mine after Michael Wassegijig Price.

Great Underwater Panther

The constellation Great Underwater Panther screen shot taken from the YouTube video “Stellar Connections: Explorations in Cultural Astronomy – Pt. 2” by Michael Wassegijig Price.

Below is the video source for the above image.

Here is a link to the video.