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02/19/2015 – Ephemeris – What’s a conjunction?

February 19, 2015

Ephemeris for Thursday, February 19th.  The sun will rise at 7:37.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 39 minutes, setting at 6:16.   The moon, 1 day past new, will set at 7:32 this evening.

Saturday night* Venus will be in conjunction with Mars.  To me the best sight will be tomorrow night when the thin crescent moon will join the two planets in a very picturesque triangle.  Conjunctions are terms shared between astronomers and astrologers and why shouldn’t they be, astrology is, in my opinion, astronomy’s illegitimate parent.   To astronomers conjunctions are when two solar system objects are directly north and south of each other (the same right ascension).  Astrologers have the conjunction on the same date, but most will say it’s occurring in Aries.  Astronomers in the other hand can see that the two planets are now seen against the stars of western Pisces.  Most astrologers don’t recognize the precession of the earth’s axis, it’s 26,000 year wobble in their calculations.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

* As reported in the radio program it was Sunday.  However the two planets appear closest Saturday night.  7 p.m. EST ( UT – 5 hr) on the 21st is actually 0 hr UT on the 22nd (Sunday).

Addendum

Venus and Mars in conjunction

Venus and Mars in conjunction at 7 p.m. EST February 21, 2015. Created using Stellarium.

Conjunction of Venus and Mars, the big picture

The big picture: In a conjunction planets simply happen to appear along a line of sight from the Earth. They have nothing to do with each other. This is the location of the planets Earth, Venus and Mars on February 22, 2015. Created using Celestia.

Below see the shift of the vernal equinox or first point of Aries, as it’s sometimes called has shifted from 150 CE in Ptolemy’s day to today.

Vernal equinox 150 CE

The vernal equinox in 150 CE. Note that Aries to the left. The Sun travels on the ecliptic line (The diagonal line) from right to left. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

The vernal equinox today,

The vernal equinox today, in 2015 CE. Note that Aries has slid off to the left. The Sun travels on the ecliptic line (The diagonal line) from right to left. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts).

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