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10/15/2019 – Ephemeris – The celestial Fisher paints the fall colors

15 Oct 2019, 04:01 UTC
10/15/2019 – Ephemeris – The celestial Fisher paints the fall colors
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Ephemeris for Tuesday, October 15th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours even, setting at 6:58, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:59. The Moon, 2 days past full, will rise at 8:14 this evening.
The tree leaves are turning to reds and yellows as we advance into autumn. The native Anishinaabe peoples, whose homeland we share, have a story about how that came to be. Of how a magical weasel-like creature called the Fisher or in the native language, Ojiig, brought summer to the Earth from Skyland. For his trouble he was shot with an arrow in his only vulnerable spot, the tip of his tail. As he fell to Earth the Great Spirit, Manitou caught him and placed him in the sky where we see the Great Bear (Ursa Major) and the Big Dipper. Every autumn late at night we see his tail, the handle of the dipper, swoop down to the ground where his tail paints the leaves with his blood.
The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
Addendum
An animation of Fisher brushing his tail along the horizon on autumn nights. Created using ...

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