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10/24/2019 – Ephemeris – Let’s find Aquarius

October 24, 2019 Comments off

Ephemeris for Thursday, October 24th. Today the Sun will be up for 10 hours and 33 minutes, setting at 6:43, and it will rise tomorrow at 8:11. The Moon, half way from last quarter to new, will rise at 4:41 tomorrow morning.

One of the constellations of the zodiac is in the southeastern sky at 8 in the evening. It’s the constellation of Aquarius the water bearer. The image that is supposed to be depicted in the stars is that of a fellow spilling a stone jar of water. Aquarius is fairly hard to spot because it is made of faint stars. One part of him, though, is easy to spot. That is the Water Jar, an asterism or informal constellation. It is a distinctive small nearly equilateral triangle of stars with another star in the center. Stars extending to the right from the water jar are the yoke he’s holding the water jar with. The Water jar is just below the top of the head of the upside down Pegasus the flying horse. The water is flowing down a vertical line of stars.

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

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Aquarius finder animation

Aquarius finder animation for tonight at 8 p.m. October 24, 2019. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.

11/10/2014 – Ephemeris – Where is the constellation of Aquarius the water bearer

November 10, 2014 Comments off

Ephemeris for Monday, November 10th.  The sun will rise at 7:32.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 47 minutes, setting at 5:19.   The moon, half way from full to last quarter, will rise at 8:45 this evening.

One of the constellations of the zodiac is in the southern sky at 8 in the evening.  It’s the constellation of Aquarius the water bearer.  The image that is supposed to be depicted in the stars is that of a hapless fellow spilling a stone jar of water across the sky.  Aquarius is fairly hard to spot because it is made of faint stars.  One part of Aquarius is easy to spot, the Water Jar, an asterism or informal constellation.  It’s a distinctive small nearly equilateral triangle of stars with another star in the center.  Stars extending to the right from the water jar are that stream of water in some depictions.  The body of Aquarius is below, a misshapen balloon of stars that is seen above the bright star Fomalhaut, low in the south.

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

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Aquarius

Aquarius highlighting the Water Jar. Created using Stellarium.