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12/19/2016 – Ephemeris – OK kids, do I have to turn this chariot around

December 19, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Monday, December 19th.  The Sun will rise at 8:16.  It’ll be up for 8 hours and 48 minutes, setting at 5:04.  The Moon, 1 day before last quarter, will rise at 11:44 this evening.

The constellation Auriga the charioteer is half way up the sky in the east at 8 p.m.  It is a pentagon of stars, with the brilliant star Capella at one of its corners.  Capella represents a she goat he’s carrying.  A narrow triangle of stars nearby Capella are her kids, an informal constellation or asterism.  Within and near that pentagon, binoculars and telescopes will find several star clusters, groups of hundreds of stars born in the clump we still see them in.  These star clusters will appear as fuzzy spots in binoculars.  One called M38 is near the center of the pentagon.  Another, M36 is below it. Still another star cluster, M37, is farther below still.  The M designations come from Charles Messier who two centuries ago ran into them while looking for comets.

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

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Auriga the Charioteer

Auriga the charioteer with Capella and the Kids at 8 p.m. December 19, 2016. The object named the Starfish Cluster is M38. To the right is Taurus the bull with the Hyades, his face and above the Pleiades in his shoulder. Created using Stellarium and edited with GIMP. Click on the image to enlarge.

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11/16/2012 – Ephemeris – Capella the winter that doesn’t set (around here)

November 16, 2012 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, November 16th.  The sun will rise at 7:41.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 32 minutes, setting at 5:13.   The moon, 3 days past new, will set at 8:11 this evening.

Midway up the sky in the east northeast at 9 p.m. You will find the bright star Capella.  It is above and left of the bright planet Jupiter.  Capella is located at one corner of a pentagon of stars that is the constellation Auriga the Charioteer.  Capella represents a little she goat, while a slim triangle of stars are her kids.  That triangle is known as the Kids.  Capella is circumpolar for locations north of Ludington, meaning that this winter star doesn’t set, even in summer.  Capella is a close binary star of stars with the same color as the sun, but much brighter.  They orbit each other in 104 days.  It looks like a single star in most telescopes.  Spotting it low on the northern horizon at midnight in July is a reminder that winter will come soon enough.

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

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Capella in Auriga with the Kids at 9 p.m. on November 16, 2012.  Created using Stellarium.

Capella in Auriga with the Kids at 9 p.m. on November 16, 2012. Created using Stellarium.

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