Sun Enters Capricornus – Not Aquarius

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 Sunday January 20th at 2 UT the Sun in its apparent eastward motion along the ecliptic enters the boundaries of the constellation Capricornus the Sea Goat. This is the actual location of the Sun.
   Interestingly, according to the pseudoscience of astrology, 7 hours later, at 9 UT Sunday January 20th, the Sun should be entering the constellation of Aquarius the Water Bearer.

   
   
   
   
   

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Sun Enters Capricorn and Aquarius

ww   Thursday January 19th at 14 UT the Sun in its apparent eastward motion along the ecliptic enters the boundaries of the constellation Capricorn the Sea Goat. This is the true or actual position of the Sun. However 7 hours later, at 21 UT, according to the pseudoscience of astrology, the Sun,will enter the constellation of Aquarius the Water Bearer.

   
   
   

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Sun Enters Aquarius

feb-view from earth   Wednesday 17 February the Sun in its apparent eastward motion along the ecliptic, moved out of the constellation Capricornus the Sea Goat and into the constellation of Aquarius the Water Bearer. 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, which will be Friday 19 February when the sun is not in Pisces according to astrology.

   
   
   
Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
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The Sun, Here not There

view-from-earth-not-in-aquarius   Wednesday January 20th the Sun, in its apparent eastward motion along the ecliptic, moves out of the constellation Sagittarius the Archer and into the constellation of Capricorn the Sea Goat. 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.
   A few hours after the Sun crosses into Capricorn, and according to the pseudoscience of astrology, the Sun enters the constellation of Aquarius the Water Bearer. When in fact, as written above, the actual position of the Sun is still within the boundary of the constellation of Capricorn the Sea Goat.
   
   
   

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
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Goat Gives the Moon a Head Butt!

   Thursday evening July 30th the full Moon rises at approximately local time for sunset. For my location that is at 8:30 pm CDT. The Moon is located at the horns of the Sea Goat Capricornus as if the Moon were getting a head butt.
   Since this is the second full Moon of the month this full Moon qualifies as a ‘Blue Moon’. The Moon does not really turn blue so the term Blue Moon is thought to perhaps mean something that rarely happens – once in a blue moon.

   
   
   
   

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
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Sun Not in Aquarius Today

The view from Earth.

The view from Earth.

   According to the pseudoscience of astrology the Sun enters the constellation of Aquarius the Water Bearer today, 19 January at 10 pm CST (20 January 4 UT). When in fact the actual position of the Sun today is within the boundary of the constellation of Capricornus the Sea Goat, as this graphic shows. Actually the Sun had just entered Capricornus 2 hours earlier.

   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.
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Luna Has Aquarius’s Back

Click on graphic to see it full size.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

   This evening, Sunday 10 November, the first quarter Moon is high above the southern horizon at sunset local time. Since yesterday the Moon has been waxing its way through the water part of the northern hemisphere celestial sphere. Here ‘swim’ the northern fishes, and from the mythologies a sea-goat, and some dude dumping a bucket of water into the mouth of the southern fish. As this graphic set for 7:30 pm CST shows, the Moon is in a region of not very bright stars – the exception being the 1st magnitude star Fomalhaut in the ‘Southern Fish’.
s toe pan   However turning toward the eastern horizon will bring into view the beginning of the stars and constellations making up the ‘winter hexagon’ (northern hemisphere) group of bright winter season stars. These include the open star clusters the Pleiades and the Hyades. The star Algol, a variable star in the constellation Perseus the Hero is now also in prime viewing for timing and graphing a light curve showing how this star varies in brightness. More on this in a future post.
   
   
Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
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