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07/13/2017 – Ephemeris – Constellations of the Summer Triangle I: Lyra the harp

July 13, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Thursday, July 13th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 16 minutes, setting at 9:26, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:10. The Moon, 3 days before last quarter, will rise at 12:02 tomorrow morning.

Very high up in the eastern sky at 11 p.m. can be found a bright star just above a small, narrow, but very distinctive parallelogram of stars. They are the stars of the constellation Lyra the harp. The bright star is Vega, member of the Summer Triangle and one of the twenty one brightest first magnitude stars. Vega is actually the 5th brightest night-time star. The harp, according to Greek mythology, was invented by the Greek god Hermes. The form of the harp in the sky, is as he had invented it: by stretching strings across a tortoise-shell. Hermes gave it to his half-brother Apollo, who in turn gave it to the great musician Orpheus. The Sun’s motion with respect to most stars around it is towards the vicinity of Lyra.

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

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The Summer Triangle July 5, 2012 at 11 p.m. Created using Stellaruim and The Gimp.

The Summer Triangle. Created using Stellarium.

Annimated Lyra finder chart

Animated Lyra finder chart. The lyre image not supplied by Stellarium but is from The World’s Earliest Music by Hermann Smith, a Project Gutenberg E book, figure 60, captioned “The Chelys or Greek Tortoiseshell Lyre”. Image created using Stellarium and GIMP.

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07/25/2016 – Ephemeris – Hermes’ Harp

July 25, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Monday, July 25th.  The Sun rises at 6:21.  It’ll be up for 14 hours and 54 minutes, setting at 9:16.  The Moon, 1 day before last quarter, will rise at 12:34 tomorrow morning.

High up in the eastern sky at 11 p.m. can be found a bright star just north of a small, narrow, but very distinctive parallelogram of stars.  They are the stars of the constellation Lyra the harp.  The bright star is Vega, one of the twenty-one brightest stars, first magnitude stars.  Vega is actually the 5th brightest night-time star. The harp, according to Greek mythology, was invented by the Greek god Hermes.  The form of the harp in the sky, is as he had invented it: by stretching strings across a tortoise shell.  Hermes gave it to his half-brother Apollo, who in turn gave it to the great musician Orpheus.  In binoculars, near Vega, two stars appear together.  They barely appear to the unaided eye as one star, called Epsilon Lyrae.

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

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Lyra

Lyra as a tortoise shell harp. Created using Stellarium and free clip art.

Closeup on Vega and Epsilon Lyrae. Created using Stellarium.

Closeup on Vega and Epsilon Lyrae. Created using Stellarium.

07/15/2014 – Ephemeris – The constellation of Lyra the harp

July 17, 2014 Comments off

Ephemeris for Tuesday, July 15th.  Today the sun will be up for 15 hours and 13 minutes, setting at 9:24.   The moon, half way from full to last quarter, will rise at 11:19 this evening.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 6:12.

Very high up in the eastern sky at 11 p.m. can be found a bright star just north of a small, narrow, but very distinctive parallelogram of stars.  They are the stars of the constellation Lyra the harp.  The bright star is Vega, one of the twenty one brightest first magnitude stars.  Vega is actually the 5th brightest night-time star. The harp, according to Greek mythology, was invented by the Greek god Hermes.  The form of the harp in the sky, is as he had invented it: by stretching strings across a tortoise shell.  Hermes gave it to his half-brother Apollo, who in turn gave it to the great musician Orpheus.  The sun has a motion with respect to most stars around it. Its direction is towards the vicinity of Lyra.

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

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Lyra

Lyra as a tortoise shell harp. Created using Stellarium and free clip art.

 

 

 

07/12/2012 – Ephemeris – The constellation Lyra the harp

July 12, 2012 Comments off

Thursday, July 12th.  Today the sun will be up for 15 hours and 17 minutes, setting at 9:26.   The moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 1:50 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 6:10.

High in the east at 11 p.m. can be found a bright star called Vega just above a small, narrow, but very distinctive parallelogram of stars.  They are the stars of the constellation Lyra the harp.  Vega, the 5th brightest night time star, is one of the twenty one brightest stars, called first magnitude stars.  The harp, according to Greek mythology, was invented by the god Hermes.  The form of the harp in the sky, is as he had invented it: by stretching strings across a tortoise shell.  Hermes gave it to his half-brother Apollo, who in turn gave it to the great musician Orpheus.  In binoculars, near Vega, two stars appear together.  They barely appear to the unaided eye as a single star, designated Epsilon Lyrae.

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

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Summer Triangle at 07-12-12 at 11 p.m. Created using Stellarium.

Summer Triangle and the constellation Lyra at 07-12-12 at 11 p.m. Created using Stellarium.

Closeup on Vega and Epsilon Lyrae.  Created using Stellarium.

Closeup on Vega and Epsilon Lyrae. Created using Stellarium.

ε1 Lyrae is one of the stars of Epsilon Lyrae.  The pair can be split better than this image with binoculars.  Looking at the two with a good telescope and over 100 power can split each component into two more stars.  We amateur astronomers call it the “Double-Double Star”  Note too that Zeta (ζ) Lyrae is also a double star that can be split with a low power telescope.