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04/27/2017 – Ephemeris – A constellation story on why crows are black

April 27, 2017 Comments off

Ephemeris for Thursday, April 27th.  The Sun rises at 6:38.  It’ll be up for 14 hours and 4 minutes, setting at 8:42.  The Moon, 1 day past new, will set at 10:16 this evening.

The small constellation of Corvus the crow is located low in the south-southeast at 10:30 this evening. It’s made of 5 dim stars, but the pattern is a distinctive distorted box with two stars at the upper left marking that corner. To the right is a fainter constellation of a thick stemmed goblet called Crater. Both appear above the long constellation of Hydra the water snake who is slithering just above the southern horizon.. In Greek mythology Corvus, then white, was the god Apollo’s pet. Apollo once bid Corvus to take a cup and fetch him some water. Corvus however dallied and waited for an unripe fig to ripen. Corvus grabbed a snake and returned with a story as to how the snake had delayed him.  The angry Apollo turned the crow and all crows to this day black.

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

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Corvus, Crater and Hydra

Corvus, Crater and Hydra finder chart for 10:30 p.m. April 27, 2017. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.

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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.

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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.

04/28/2016 – Ephemeris – The adventures of Corvus, Apollo’s pet crow

April 28, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Thursday, April 28th.  The Sun rises at 6:36.  It’ll be up for 14 hours and 8 minutes, setting at 8:44.   The Moon, 1 day before last quarter, will rise at 2:20 tomorrow morning.

The small constellation of Corvus the crow is located low in the south at 11 this evening. It’s made of 5 dim stars, but the pattern is a distinctive distorted box with two stars at the upper left marking that corner. To the right is a fainter constellation of a thick stemmed goblet called Crater. Both appear above the long constellation of Hydra the water snake who is slithering just above the southern horizon.. In Greek mythology Corvus, then white, was the god Apollo’s pet. Apollo once bid Corvus to take a cup and fetch him some water. Corvus however dallied and waited for a green fig to ripen. Corvus grabbed a snake and returned with a story as to how the snake had delayed him.  The angry Apollo turned the crow and all crows to this day black.

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

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Corvus the crow, Crater the cup and Hydra the water snake

Corvus the crow, Crater the cup and Hydra the water snake along with Jupiter and the other spring stars at 10 p.m. April 28, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

04/04/2016 – Ephemeris – Hydra the water snake will slither along the southern horizon this spring

April 4, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Monday, April 4th.  The Sun will rise at 7:17.  It’ll be up for 12 hours and 57 minutes, setting at 8:14.   The Moon, 3 days before new, will rise at 6:18 tomorrow morning.

In the southeastern evening sky can be found the constellation of Hydra the water snake.  Unlike the monster of the same name this Hydra has but one head, which is its most distinctive part.  At 10 p.m. look to the south-southeast.  The head of Hydra is located below a line from the constellation Leo the Lion in the southeast and Gemini high in the southwest.  It is directly below Cancer the crab in the south.  Hydra’s head is a small but distinctive group of 6 stars that make a loop and the snake’s slightly drooping head.  The rest of Hydra wends its way to the southeastern horizon, and eventually ends near the late spring constellation Libra the scales.  Over the next few months the rest of Hydra will slither across the southern horizon.

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

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Hyrra

Hydra the water snake raising its head below Cancer at 10 p.m. April 4, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

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.

04/28/2014 – Ephemeris – The legend of the constellation of Corvus the crow

April 28, 2014 Comments off

Ephemeris for Monday, April 28th.  The sun rises at 6:37.  It’ll be up for 14 hours and 6 minutes, setting at 8:43.   The moon, 1 day before new, will rise at 6:53 tomorrow morning.

The small constellation of Corvus the crow is located low in the south at 10:30 this evening. It’s made of 5 dim stars, but the pattern is a distinctive distorted box with two stars at the upper left marking that corner. To the right is a fainter constellation of a thick stemmed goblet called Crater. Both appear above the long constellation of Hydra the water snake who is slithering just above the southern horizon.  In Greek mythology Corvus, then white, was the god Apollo’s pet. He once bid Corvus to take a cup and fetch him some water. Corvus however dallied and waited for a green fig to ripen. Corvus grabbed a snake and returned with a story on how the snake had delayed him.  The angry Apollo turned the crow and all crows to this day black.

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

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Corvus the crow, Crater the cup and Hydra the water snake

Corvus the crow, Crater the cup and Hydra the water snake along with the other spring constellations ay 10 p.m. April 28, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

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.

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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.