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11/07/2017 – Ephemeris – The autumn constellations are all visible in the early evening

November 7, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Election Day for some folks, Tuesday, November 7th. The Sun will rise at 7:28. It’ll be up for 9 hours and 54 minutes, setting at 5:23. The Moon, 3 days before last quarter, will rise at 8:49 this evening.

We’ll have about an hour and a half of reasonably dark skies between 6:30 and nearly 9 p.m. – At 8 p.m. all the autumn constellations are visible. The Zodiacal constellations from Capricornus in the southwest through Aquarius, Pisces and Aries, all relatively faint to Taurus rising in the east northeast. Pegasus the flying horse is seen in the high south-southeast. It and the connected constellation of Andromeda the chained princess are seen above Aquarius through Aries. The bright star Fomalhaut holds a lonely vigil low in the south, High in the northeast is the W shaped constellation of Cassiopeia the queen, under which is Perseus, her son-in-law and hero down to the bright star Capella.

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

Autumn constellations.

The sky at 8 p.m. November 7, 2017 showing the autumn constellations, centered on the southeastern sky. Click on the image to enlarge. The Milky Way has been brightened to show its passage through Perseus better. The red line is the ecliptic, the path of the Sun through the Zodiac. Created using Stellarium.

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11/24/2016 – Ephemeris – The little constellation that used to start the seasonal year

November 24, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th.  The Sun will rise at 7:52.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 14 minutes, setting at 5:06.  The Moon, 3 days past last quarter, will rise at 3:54 tomorrow morning.

From antiquity, the first constellation of the Zodiac has been Aries the ram.  That’s the constellation the Sun entered on the first day of spring, or the vernal equinox.  Well that was a couple of thousand years ago.  Currently the vernal equinox point is in western Pisces.  This is due to the wobbling of the Earth’s axis called precession.  The spinning Earth like and top or gyroscope wobbles when force is applied to it.  In this case the Sun and Moon.  One wobble takes 26,000 years to complete.  Anyway, Aries is a small constellation of four stars in a bent line, below the triangular constellation of Triangulum, which is itself below Andromeda.  It’s a bit west or right of the Pleiades or Seven Sisters star cluster.

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

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Aries the ram

Aries the ram animated finder chart for 9 p.m. November 24, 2016. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.

The vernal equinox today

The vernal equinox today, where the blue line, the celestial equator and the orange line, the ecliptic or path of the Sun cross. The Sun is where these lines cross on the first day of spring (March 20th around here). Note that the vernal equinox is now in western Pisces. Created using Stellarium.

The vernal equinox in AD 100

The vernal equinox back in AD 100, where the blue line, the celestial equator and the orange line, the ecliptic or path of the Sun cross. The Sun is where these lines cross on the first day of spring. Note that the vernal equinox was at the east edge of Pisces. Created using Stellarium.

11/21/2016 – Ephemeris – The two fishies of Pisces

November 21, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Monday, November 21st.  The Sun will rise at 7:48.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 20 minutes, setting at 5:08.  The Moon, at last quarter today, will rise at 12:54 tomorrow morning.

High in the south-southeast at 9 p.m. are the four bright stars of the Great Square of Pegasus, the upside down flying horse.  Lying along the left and bottom sides of the great square is the constellation of Pisces the fish, one of the 12 constellations of the Zodiac that lie along the path of the sun, moon and planets.  Even though the constellation is called the fish, the fish themselves are not represented in the stars.  What can be traced in the stars is the rope, that’s tied to their tails, anchored at the extreme southeastern part of the constellation that is seen in the stars.  The right or western end of Pisces is the asterism, or informal constellation, of the Circlet.  It’s the loop of 5 stars, the rope around the tail of one of the two fish.

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

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Pisces

An animation of the constellation of Pisces the fish, showing first the stars, then the constellation outline including those of Pegasus, and Aquarius, then an artist rendering. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.

I don’t care what the artists think, I still think the circlet is a loop around the western fish’s tail.

11/11/14 – Ephemeris – Something fishy in the stars

November 11, 2014 Comments off

Ephemeris for Veteran’s Day, Tuesday, November 11th.  The sun will rise at 7:33.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 45 minutes, setting at 5:18.   The moon, 3 days before last quarter, will rise at 9:41 this evening.

High in the south at 9 p.m. are the four bright stars of the Great Square of Pegasus, the upside down flying horse.  Lying along the left and bottom sides of the great square is the constellation of Pisces the fish, one of the 12 constellations of the Zodiac that lie along the path of the sun, moon and planets.  Even though Pisces is called the fish, the fish themselves are not seen in the stars.  What can be traced in the stars is the rope, that’s tied to their tails, anchored at the extreme southeastern part of the constellation far below and left of the lower left corner of the Great Square.  The right end of Pisces is the asterism, or informal constellation, of the Circlet.  It’s the loop of 5 stars, the rope around the tail of one of the two fish.

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

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Pisces

Pisces below the Great Square of Pegasus in the south at 9 p.m.

11/17/11 – Ephemeris – The constellation Pisces

November 17, 2011 Comments off

Thursday, November 17th.  The sun will rise at 7:41.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 31 minutes, setting at 5:12.   The moon, 1 day before last quarter, will rise at 11:37 this evening.

High in the south at 9 p.m. are the four bright stars of the Great Square of Pegasus, the upside down flying horse.  Lying along the left and bottom sides of that square is the constellation of Pisces the fish, one of the 12 constellations of the Zodiac that lie along the path of the sun, moon and planets.  Even though the constellation is called the fish, the fish themselves are not represented in the stars.  What can be traced in the stars is the rope, that’s tied to their tails, anchored at the extreme southeastern part of the constellation.  Jupiter now is located just left of Pisces.  The right or western end of the Pisces is the asterism, or informal constellation, of the Circlet.  It’s the loop of 5 stars, the rope around the tail of one of the two fish.

* Times, as always are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.

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Pisces and Jupiter.  Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts)

Pisces and Jupiter. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts)