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12/06/2019 – Ephemeris – I’m giving a talk tonight: Cosmology and Astronomy in the Bible

December 6, 2019 Comments off

Ephemeris for Friday, December 6th. Today the Sun will be up for 8 hours and 57 minutes, setting at 5:02, and it will rise tomorrow at 8:06. The Moon, 2 days past first quarter, will set at 3:02 tomorrow morning.

This evening yours truly will present one of his annual Christmas programs at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory starting at 8 p.m., the monthly meeting of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society. The talk is Cosmology and Astronomy in the Bible. In Genesis and elsewhere we have descriptions of the earth and the heavens. We’ll look at what the ancient Hebrews thought of the structure of the universe from the Bible and other writings. Tomorrow evening we will also have a Star Party from 9 to 11 p.m. This will be the last viewing night of the year. If it’s clear we’ll look at the Moon and Great Orion Nebula. The observatory is located south of Traverse City on Birmley Road between Garfield and Keystone roads.

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

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Slide from the program

Let there be light slide from the program

04/01/2013 – Ephemeris – Orion the Fool

April 1, 2013 Comments off

Ephemeris for April Fools Day, Monday, April 1st.  The sun will rise at 7:22.  It’ll be up for 12 hours and 47 minutes, setting at 8:10.   The moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 2:25 tomorrow morning.

Orion is one of the two constellations mentioned in the Bible, that have been deciphered.  These are mentioned in the Book of Job.  In the King James translation of the Bible the star Arcturus is mentioned.  Modern scholars have changed that to the Bear, that is the Great Bear, Ursa Major, of which the Big Dipper is a part.  The star cluster Pleiades, our Seven Sisters are also  mentioned.  There is no agreement of what Mazzeroth and the Mansions of the South are.  The translation of Orion from the original Hebrew fits the day today.  It’s Kesil, which means fool.  Considering the mythology of Orion, a very minor character of Greek mythology, he was indeed, if not a fool, very unlucky in love.

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

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Orion the Fool

Orion the fool at 10 p.m. on April 3, 2013. Created using Stellarium.  Note the Pleiades at the extreme right edge of the picture