Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Rabbit in the Sky

An amateur astronomer emailed me this evening to tell me I might be able to still see the rabbit in the sky. Well, it’s rainy and cloudy where I live so I found the constellation Lepus, the Rabbit on the internet. It is supposed to be visible in the northern hemisphere in winter and located just below Orion and west of Canis Major and Minor. Even the ancient Greeks knew about it in their time, but Greece has clearer skies than the Pacific Northwest. For rabbit loving astronomers, Right Ascension: 5.58 hours, Declination: -19.32 degrees, Area in Square Degrees: 290 Crossed the Meridian: 9 PM, January 25 – okay, this is all Greek to me.