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06/17/2014 – Ephemeris – The constellation Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown

June 17, 2014 Comments off

Ephemeris for Tuesday, June 17th.  Today the sun will be up for 15 hours and 33 minutes, setting at 9:30.   The moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 12:46 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the sun will rise at 5:56.

High in the south at 11 p.m. can be found a small but easily spotted constellation of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown.  It is located just east or left of the kite shaped constellation of Boötes, with its bright star Arcturus at the base.  The Northern Crown is a semicircle of stars, like a tiara, with a brighter star Gemma at the bottom.  Despite the obvious allusion of stars to diamonds and the sound of the star’s name, this is not a gem studded crown.  Gemma means blossom, so Corona Borealis may represent a floral crown.  According to Greek mythology it belonged to Princess Ariadne, daughter of King Minos of Crete.  She was abandoned by Theseus, whom she helped out of the Labyrinth of the Minotaur.

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


Corona Borealis with Boötes

Corona Borealis with Boötes. Created with Stellarium.

For the Anishinabek peoples around the Great Lakes, Corona Borealis is a Sweat Lodge.