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Rising and Setting Directions of the Zodiac constellations and Ophiuchus (click for full-size image, 70 KB)

Rising and Setting directions of the zodiac constellations and Ophiuchus (click on the thumbnail for the full-size table, 70 KB)  As well as the zodiac constellations, the rising and setting directions in this table also apply to the Sun, Moon and planets at the specific times when they pass through each constellation. For example, at latitude 50 North, Gemini rises in the North-east and sets in the North-west; the Sun, Moon and planets will also rise/set in these directions whenever they pass through Gemini. Directions are given using the standard 16-sector division of the compass, where each sector spans 22.5 of the horizon (Zodiac signs from

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Copyright  Martin J Powell  November 2005