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09/18/2017 – Ephemeris – The constellation of the shield

September 18, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Monday, September 18th. The Sun will rise at 7:25. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 21 minutes, setting at 7:46. The Moon, 2 days before new, will rise at 6:35 tomorrow morning.

In the evening sky, in the south after it gets dark can be seen part of the Milky Way. There is actually a constellation here located between Sagittarius the archer, which really looks like a teapot, below and Aquila the eagle above. It’s Scutum the shield of John Sobieski the Polish king who stopped the advance of the Turks at Kalenberg in 1683. Scutum is the only official constellation I know of which is related to a real person. The Polish half of me is very proud. However the stars here are so dim and embedded in the glow of the Milky Way as to be nearly impossible to discern. Scutum lies in one of the richest portions of the Milky Way, wonderful to scan with binoculars and telescopes for star clusters and nebulae or clouds of dust and gas.

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

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Scutum Finder Chart

Scutum Finder Chart animation. For 9 p.m. September 18, 2017. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.  Click on image to enlarge.

DSOs in Scutum

Deep sky objects in Scutum and surrounding area. September 2017. Created using Stellarium.  Click on image to enlarge.

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08/19/2014 -Ephemeris – Scutum’s place in history

August 19, 2014 Comments off

Ephemeris for Tuesday, August 19th.  The sun rises at 6:49.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 51 minutes, setting at 8:41.   The moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 2:26 tomorrow morning.

Yesterday we took a look at the wonders in the constellation of Scutum the shield above the Teapot of Sagittarius and below Aquila the eagle.  Scutum is the shield of John Sobieski the Polish king who stopped the advance of the Turks at Kalenberg in 1683. The Polish half of me is very proud.  Scutum is one of two official constellations which are related to a real person.  The other one is Coma Berenices, a hank of the Egyptian queen Berenice’s hair.  However the stars here are so dim and embedded in the glow of the Milky Way as to be nearly impossible to discern.  Scutum lies in one of the richest portions of the Milky Way, wonderful to scan with binoculars and telescopes for star clusters and nebulae or clouds of dust and gas.

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

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Deep sky objects in Scutum & Sagittarius

Binocular and telescope deep sky objects in Scutum and Sagittarius. Created using Stellarium.