Jon U. Bell

Sky Watch Host

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The old gibbous moon rises shortly before 9 o’clock tonight. It’s in the constellation Taurus the Bull, nearby the star Aldebaran and a little to the east of the Pleiades star cluster. To the Iroquois Indians, this compact group of stars represented seven dancing maidens. At this time of year, the weather often turns pleasant, a respite from the approaching cold weather. The Iroquois said that long ago, there was a village where the people forgot to get ready for the cold times; Harvest Moon came and went, and still they danced and played.