Today, 23 November, the Sun in its apparent eastward motion along the ecliptic, moves out of the constellation Libra the Scales and into the constellation of Scorpius the Scorpion. This is the true or actual position of the Sun as opposed to the pseudoscience of astrology which usually has the astrological Sun one constellation ahead or east from the Astronomical Sun’s position.What is particularly interesting about comparing the Astronomical position of the Sun with the astrological position of the Sun is how the two differ. This is especially noticeable as the Sun only spends 7 days within the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion which is considerably less than what the astrological calendar shows. Today the Sun moves into the boundaries of the scorpion, but over the next week the Sun will traverse the ‘panhandle’ of Scorpius and enter the boundaries of Ophiuchus the Healer as this animated graphic shows.
An added ‘bonus’ is that my simulation also includes Comet ISON. The full size animated graphic is set to 1 frame per day starting on 22 November and ending on 2 December.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.