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07/18/2017 – Ephemeris – The constellation of Ophiuchus the serpent bearer

July 18, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Tuesday, July 18th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 7 minutes, setting at 9:22, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:15. The Moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 2:47 tomorrow morning.

Saturn and the red star Antares shine in the south at 11 p.m. In the area of sky above them lies a large constellation of faint stars called Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer. Ophiuchus represent the legendary physician Aesculapius. The constellation shape is like a large bell, which reminds me of the head, shoulders and arms of a fellow that’s holding the snake like a weight lifter struggling to pull up a heavy barbell. Serpens, the constellation of the serpent is in the sky in two sections. The front end lies to the right as Serpens Caput, and wends its way up the right side of Ophiuchus. Serpens Cauda, the tail rises to the left of Ophiuchus. It’s a rewarding sight, and not that hard to spot.

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

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Animated Ophiuchus finder

Animated Ophiuchus finder chart. Unfortunately the program doesn’t isolate Ophiuchus and Serpens, but also displays Scorpius and Lupus the wolf peeking over the horizon. Created using Stellarium.  Click on the image to enlarge.

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07/07/2016 – Ephemeris – The snake handler in the sky

July 7, 2016 1 comment

Ephemeris for Thursday, July 7th.  Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 24 minutes, setting at 9:30, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:06.  The Moon, 3 days past new, will set at 11:31 this evening.

Saturn and the red star Antares shine in the south at 11 p.m.  In the area of sky above it lies a large constellation of faint stars called Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer.  Ophiuchus represent the legendary physician Aesculapius.  The constellation shape is like a large bell, which reminds me of the head, shoulders and arms of a fellow that’s holding the snake-like a weight lifter struggling to pull up a heavy barbell.  Serpens, the constellation of the serpent is in the sky in two sections.  The front end lies to the right as Serpens Caput, and wends its way up towards Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown.  Serpens Cauda, the tail rises to the left of Ophiuchus.  It’s a rewarding sight, and not that hard to spot.

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

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Ophiuchus

The figure of Ophiuchus with Saturn and Mars nearby at 11 p.m. July 7, 2016. Created using Stellarium.

08/17/2015 – Ephemeris – The celestial snake handler

August 17, 2015 Comments off

Ephemeris for Monday, August 17th.  The Sun rises at 6:47.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 58 minutes, setting at 8:45.   The Moon, 3 days past new, will set at 10:04 this evening.

The planet Saturn and the red star Antares shine in the south-southwest at 10:30 p.m. In the and around constellation of Scorpius.  In the area of sky above it lies a large constellation of faint stars called Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer.  The constellation shape is like a large bell, which reminds me of the head, shoulders and arms of a fellow that’s holding the snake-like a weight lifter pulling up a heavy bar bell.  The serpent he’s holding is Serpens, the only two part constellation in the heavens.  The head rises to Ophiuchus’ right and the tail extends up to the left.  In legend Ophiuchus was a great physician, educated by the god Apollo, and the centaur Chiron, also found in the stars as Sagittarius, below and left of him.

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

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Ophiuchus

Ophiuchus, Serpens and Sagittarius with Saturn and Antares on August 17, at 10 p.m. Created using Stellarium.

10/01/2014 – Ephemeris – Let’s start off the month with a look at the bright planets

October 1, 2014 Comments off

Ephemeris for Wednesday, October 1st.  The sun will rise at 7:40.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 42 minutes, setting at 7:23.   The moon, at first quarter today, will set at 12:43 tomorrow morning.

Let’s check out the bright planets for this week.  Mars and Saturn are in the southwestern sky at 8:30 p.m. with Mars above the equally bright and red star Antares with Saturn a ways right of them and as high in the sky as Antares.  Saturn will set at 9:16 p.m.  Mars is in the constellation of Ophiuchus as astronomers draw constellation boundaries, though it looks to be in Scorpius.  Mars will set at 10:04.  In the morning sky brilliant Jupiter will rise in the east-northeast at 3:02 a.m.  Venus will rise about a half hour before the sun, so it will not be visible.  On the 25th of this month Venus will be in superior conjunction with the sun, that is it will move behind the sun, and will then enter the evening sky.

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

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Evening planets

Saturn and Mars with the evening constellations, showing constellation boundaries in red at 8:30 p.m. on October 1, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Saturn

Saturn through a telescope. Of the satellites only Titan should be visible with Saturn so low in the sky at 8:30 p.m. Created using Stellarium.

Moon

The first quarter Moon tonight at 8:30 p.m. with some interesting locations. Created using Virtual Moon Atlas.

Points of interest on the moon tonight:

  • Alpine Valley – This is a fault valley some 79 miles (130 km) long and 7 miles (11 km) wide through the lunar Alps.
  • Straight Wall – This is a fault that runs north-south on the moon and is only seen either one day after first quarter or one day after last quarter.  It is 67 miles (110 km) long and 900 feet (300 meters) high.  But instead of being a wall, it has only a 7 degree slope, which explains its brief appearance.  Tonight it will cast a shadow.  One day after last quarter the sun will shine directly on the slope, which is covered by lighter material and will show as a bright line.
Jupiter and the morning stars

Jupiter and the winter stars at 6:30 a.m. on October 2, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

Jupiter

Jupiter and its satellites as seen through a telescope at 6:30 a.m. October 2, 2014. Created using Stellarium.

06/30/2014 – Ephemeris – The celestial snake handler

June 30, 2014 Comments off

Ephemeris for Monday, June 30th.  Today the sun will be up for 15 hours and 30 minutes, setting at 9:31.   The moon, 3 days past new, will set at 11:14 this evening.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 6:01.  |   The red star Antares shines in the south at 11 p.m. In the constellation of Scorpius.  In the area of sky above and a little to the left lies a large constellation of faint stars called Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer.  The constellation shape is like a large bell, which reminds me of the head, shoulders and arms of a fellow that’s holding the snake-like a weight lifter pulling up a heavy bar bell.  The serpent he’s holding is Serpens, the only two-part constellation in the heavens.  The head rises to Ophiuchus’ right and the tail extends up to the left.  In legend Ophiuchus was a great physician, educated by the god Apollo, and the centaur Chiron, also found in the stars as Sagittarius, now rising below and left of him.

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

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Ophiuchus and Serpens July 10, 2012 at 11 p.m.. Created using Stellarium.

Ophiuchus and Serpens at 11 p.m.. Created using Stellarium.

07/11/2013 – Ephemeris – Ophiuchus the serpent bearer

July 11, 2013 Comments off

Ephemeris for Thursday, July 11th.  Today the sun will be up for 15 hours and 19 minutes, setting at 9:27.   The moon, 3 days past new, will set at 10:56 this evening.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 6:09.

The crescent moon will appear to the right of the planet Venus before 10:45 p.m. Tonight.  The red star Antares shines in the south at 11 p.m.  In the area of sky above it lies a large constellation of faint stars called Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer.  Ophiuchus represent the legendary physician Aesculapius.  The constellation shape is like a large bell, which reminds me of the head, shoulders and arms of a fellow that’s holding the snake like a weight lifter struggling to pull up a heavy barbell.  Serpens, the constellation of the serpent is in the sky in two sections.  The front end lies to the right as Serpens Caput, and wends its way up the right side of Ophiuchus.  Serpens Cauda, the tail rises to the left of Ophiuchus.  It’s a rewarding sight, and not that hard to spot.

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

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Ophiuchus and Serpens July 10, 2012 at 11 p.m.. Created using Stellarium.

Ophiuchus and Serpens at 11 p.m.. Created using Stellarium.

09/11/2012 – Ephemeris – The constellation Sagittarius the archer

September 11, 2012 Comments off

Ephemeris for Tuesday, September 11th.  The sun will rise at 7:17.  It’ll be up for 12 hours and 42 minutes, setting at 7:59.   The moon, 3 days past last quarter, will rise at 3:28 tomorrow morning.

Low in the south at 10 p.m. lies the constellation of Sagittarius.  The name means archer, but this isn’t just any old fellow with a bow and arrow.  It’s a centaur with a bow and arrow.  These half man half horse creatures were a rowdy bunch; kind of the ancient Greek counterpart of a motorcycle gang.  The one exception is this centaur, Chiron by name.  He was highly educated, and learned medicine from the great physician Aesculapius, whom we see in the sky to the upper right as the constellation Ophiuchus. His drawn bow and arrow can also be seen in the stars here, pointing to Scorpius the scorpion’s heart.  If it’s hard seeing a Centaur here don’t be disappointed.  To most of us the constellation looks like a stout little teapot.

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

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Sagittarius and the Milky Way September 11, 2012.  Created using Stellarium.

Sagittarius and the Milky Way September 11, 2012 10 p.m. Created using Stellarium.