Sun Not in Capricornus aka the December Solstice

  According to the pseudoscience of astrology the Sun enters the constellation of Capricornus the Sea Goat on Sunday December 21st, when in fact the actual position of the Sun is still within the boundaries of the constellation of Sagittarius the Archer.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

   In reality on Sunday December 21st at 23:03 UT, 5:03 pm CST, the Sun will have reached the celestial coordinates of 23.5o degrees south; 18 hours right ascension. With regard to the Earth’s surface this places the Sun over the Tropic of Capricorn, which is also 23.5o south. We know that this signals the start of northern hemisphere winter and the southern hemisphere summer seasons. We also know that it is the Earth’s tilt on its axis that is the cause for seasons on Earth rather than the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
   Read a little more about how astrology has the Sun incorrectly placed in a previous blog, and in another blog discussing the effects of precession.

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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