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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.

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.