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.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

Sun Enters Aquarius

feb-view from earth   Monday 16 February at 20 UT (2 pm CST), the Sun in its apparent eastward motion along the ecliptic, moves 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 Wednesday 18 February when the sun is not in Pisces according to astrology.

   
   
   
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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.

Sun Not in Aquarius

view-from-earth-not-in-aquarius   According to the pseudoscience of astrology the Sun enters the constellation of Aquarius the Water Bearer Tuesday January 20th at 10 UT (4 am CST. 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 8 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.

   
   
   
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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.

Sun Enters Capricornus

ww   Monday January 19th at 8 pm CST, (2 UT Tuesday 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 Capricornus 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. Which will be tomorrow when the sun is not in the astrological sign of Aquarius.

   
   
   
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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.

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.

   
   
   
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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.

Sun Enters Aquarius Today

16 February

16 February

   Today Sunday 16 February at 8 am CST, (14 UT), the Sun in its apparent eastward motion along the ecliptic, moves 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 Tuesday 18 February when the sun is not in Pisces according to astrology.

   
   
   
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.

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.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.Sun Not In