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09/11/2017 – Ephemeris – The celestial dolphin and an arrow

September 11, 2017 1 comment

Ephemeris for Monday, September 11th. The Sun will rise at 7:16. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 43 minutes, setting at 8:00. The Moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 11:27 this evening.

Located below the eastern edge of the Summer Triangle of three of the brightest stars in the sky, which is high in the east to overhead in our sky at 9 p.m., is the tiny constellation of Delphinus the dolphin. Delphinus’ 6 stars in a small parallelogram with a tail, really does look like a dolphin leaping out of the water. The parallelogram itself has the name Job’s Coffin. The origin of this asterism or informal constellation is unknown. Of the dolphin itself: the ancient Greeks appreciated this aquatic mammal as we do, and told stories of dolphins rescuing shipwrecked sailors. There’s another tiny constellation to the right of Delphinus, Sagitta the arrow a small thin group of 5 stars, which represents Cupid’s dart.

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

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Delphinus and Sagitta finder animation

Delphinus and Sagitta finder animation. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.  Click on image to enlarge.

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10/04/2016 – Ephemeris – Celestial dolphin and Cupid’s arrow

October 4, 2016 Comments off

Ephemeris for Tuesday, October 4th.  The Sun will rise at 7:45.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 31 minutes, setting at 7:16.  The Moon, 4 days past new, will set at 9:28 this evening.

There’s two small constellations I’ve overlooked in the heat of Summer.  Located above the southernmost star of the Summer Triangle of three of the brightest stars in the sky, which is nearly overhead at 9 p.m., is the tiny constellation of Delphinus the dolphin, which is seen high in the south.  Delphinus’ 6 stars in a small parallelogram with a tail, really does look like a dolphin leaping out of the water.  The parallelogram itself has the name Job’s Coffin.  The origin of this asterism or informal constellation is unknown.  Of the dolphin itself: the ancient Greeks appreciated this aquatic mammal as we do.  There’s another tiny constellation to the right of Delphinus, Sagitta the arrow, which represents Cupid’s dart.

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

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Delphinus and Sagitta

Delphinus and Sagitta seen in an animation showing them without captions, with stick constellations, labeled, and as an artist sees them. Created using Stellarium.

09/07/2015 – Ephemeris – Small summer constellations

September 7, 2015 Comments off

Ephemeris for Labor Day*, Monday, September 7th.  The Sun will rise at 7:11.  It’ll be up for 12 hours and 56 minutes, setting at 8:08.   The Moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 2:47 tomorrow morning.

Located below the eastern edge of the Summer Triangle of three of the brightest stars in the sky, which is  overhead in our sky at 10 p.m., is the tiny constellation of Delphinus the dolphin. Delphinus’ 6 stars in a small parallelogram with a tail, really does look like a dolphin leaping out of the water. The parallelogram itself has the name Job’s Coffin. The origin of this asterism or informal constellation is unknown. Of the dolphin itself: the ancient Greeks told stories of dolphins rescuing shipwrecked sailors. There’s another tiny constellation to the right of Delphinus, Sagitta the arrow a small thin group of 5 stars, which represents Cupid’s dart.  Behind Sagitta binoculars will find a little star group called the Coat hanger.

Times 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 and The Gimp.

Delphinus, Sagitta and the Coat hanger. Diagram created using Stellarium.

Delphinus, Sagitta and the Coat hanger. Diagram created using Stellarium.

* In the US Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September and is considered the unofficial end of summer.  The weather generally agrees.  Last week we had a preview of fall weather.  This week, except for today has been hot.  The outlook for next week is looking decidedly cooler.  Most schools in Michigan start the day after Labor Day. and end after June 1st.  The unofficial start of summer is Memorial day, the last Monday in May.

08/21/2014 – Ephemeris – What do a dolphin, an arrow and a coffin have in common?

August 21, 2014 Comments off

Ephemeris for Thursday, August 21st.  The sun rises at 6:52.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 46 minutes, setting at 8:38.   The moon, half way from last quarter to new, will rise at 4:12 tomorrow morning.

Located below the eastern edge of the Summer Triangle of three of the brightest stars in the sky, which is high in the southeast in the sky at 10 p.m., is the tiny constellation of Delphinus the dolphin.  Delphinus’ 6 stars in a small parallelogram with a tail, really does look like a dolphin leaping out of the water.  The parallelogram itself has the name Job’s Coffin.  The origin of this asterism or informal constellation is unknown.  Of the dolphin itself: the ancient Greeks appreciated this aquatic mammal as we do, and told stories of dolphins rescuing shipwrecked sailors.  There’s another tiny and slender constellation to the right of Delphinus called Sagitta the arrow, which is said to represent Cupid’s dart.

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

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Delphinus, Sagitta and the Coat hanger. Diagram created using Stellarium.

Delphinus, Sagitta and the Coat hanger. Diagram created using Stellarium.

The Coat hanger is strictly a binocular asterism.  However it was discovered by the great Arabian astronomer Al Sufi inn the 10th century, and is currently designated Collinder 399.  It is actually a random pattern of unrelated stars.

Constellation figures

Delphinus and Sagitta images along with the stars and constellations of the Summer Triangle. Created using Stellarium.

08/20/2013 – Ephemeris – A “new” star in Delphinus

August 20, 2013 Comments off

Ephemeris for Tuesday, August 20th.  The sun rises at 6:51.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 48 minutes, setting at 8:39.  The moon, at full today, will rise at 8:07 this evening.

There’s a new nova visible to the unaided eye, well just barely, if the moon wasn’t out.  “New nova” is kind of redundant because Nova is Latin for new,  The entire Latin term is Nova Stellum or new star.  It isn’t really a new star, but one that brightened catastrophically, siphoning gas off a companion red giant star.  At least that’s what we think.   Detailed analysis will come later.  It’s informal name is Nova Delphinus, which lies between the tiny constellation of Delphinus the dolphin and Sagitta the arrow in and near the Summer Triangle.  http://www.skyandtelescope.com has a finder chart.  It’s best to use binoculars to locate it.  The Arrow points right to it, while the two stars that cross the body of the dolphin also point to it.  Novae are unusual, but not rare.

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

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My finder chart for Nova Dephinus 2013

My finder chart for Nova Dephinus 2013. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts)

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

The Summer Triangle with Delphinus and Sagitta. Created using Stellarium and The Gimp.

08/20/2012 – Ephemeris – Celestial Dolphin and Cupid’s dart

August 20, 2012 Comments off

Ephemeris for Monday, August 20th.  The sun rises at 6:51.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 47 minutes, setting at 8:39.   The moon, 3 days past new, will set at 9:48 this evening.

Located below the eastern edge of the Summer Triangle of three of the brightest stars in the sky, which is nearly overhead sky at 10 p.m., is the tiny constellation of Delphinus the dolphin, which is seen high in the south.  Delphinus’ 6 stars in a small parallelogram with a tail, really does look like a dolphin leaping out of the water.  The parallelogram itself has the name Job’s Coffin.  The origin of this asterism or informal constellation is unknown.  Of the dolphin itself: the ancient Greeks appreciated this aquatic mammal as we do, and told stories of dolphins rescuing shipwrecked sailors.  There’s another tiny constellation to the right of Delphinus, Sagitta the arrow, which represents Cupid’s dart.  [Off the tail of Sagitta binoculars will find a cute inverted coat hanger in the stars.]

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.  Bracketed text was removed from the audio program due to time constraints.

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Delphinus, Sagitta and the Coat hanger. Diagram created using Stellarium.

Delphinus, Sagitta and the Coat hanger. Diagram created using Stellarium.

09/22/11 – Ephemeris – The Constellations Delphinus and Sagitta

September 22, 2011 Comments off

Thursday, September 22nd.  The sun will rise at 7:29.  It’ll be up for 12 hours and 11 minutes, setting at 7:40.   The moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 2:47 tomorrow morning.

Located below the eastern edge of the Summer Triangle of three of the brightest stars in the sky, which is  overhead in our sky at 10 p.m., is the tiny constellation of Delphinus the dolphin. Delphinus’ 6 stars in a small parallelogram with a tail, really does look like a dolphin leaping out of the water. The parallelogram itself has the name Job’s Coffin. The origin of this asterism or informal constellation is unknown. Of the dolphin itself: the ancient Greeks appreciated this aquatic mammal as we do, and told stories of dolphins rescuing shipwrecked sailors. There’s another tiny constellation to the right of Delphinus, Sagitta the arrow a small thin group of 5 stars, which represents Cupid’s dart.  Behind Sagitta binoculars will find a little star group called the Coat hanger.

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

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Delphinus, Sagitta and the Coat hanger.  Diagram created using Stellarium.

Delphinus, Sagitta and the Coat hanger. Diagram created using Stellarium.