02/13/2020 – Ephemeris – Orion’s Belt stars

Bob Moler's Ephemeris Blog

Ephemeris for Thursday, February 13th. Today the Sun will be up for 10 hours and 21 minutes, setting at 6:07, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:45. The Moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 11:48 this evening.

Orion’s belt of three stars is one of the most noticeable star groupings in the sky. There are no other group of three bright stars in a straight line visible anywhere else in the sky. The star’s names from left to right are Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka. They are actually a bit farther away than the other bright stars of Orion. Alnilam, the center star is over three times the distance of red giant Betelgeuse above them and over twice as far as blue white giant star Rigel below them. Alnilam is 375 thousand times brighter than the Sun according to the SIMBAD Astronomical Database. These three stars were also…

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Orion, The hunter

A Celestial Gal

Hey guys, welcome to another post following my stargazing adventures!

It has been a while since I last updated but the star gazing conditions haven’t been at the best recently or it has rained when the skies are clear! In the meantime, I have just been focusing on learning about the constellations that I already see often enough in the night sky! So like in the title, I’m going to start off with Orion!

Now many of you, including my past self would instantly notice Orion’s Belt …..

And think that there wasn’t much else to it, but that’s not the case at all as the Orion constellation dominates both Northern and Southern skies early in the year and it is quite a large constellation.

I find once you get used to the shape of the constellation, it is fairly easy to spot in the sky as Orion is home…

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Orion constellation

Cradle of Civilization

The constellation of Orion is a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator and is therefore visible throughout the world. Its brightest stars are the supergiants: The red Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis) and the blue-white Rigel (Beta Orionis). It was named after Orion, a hunter in Greek mythology. Orion is used as a symbol in the modern world.

The distinctive pattern of Orion is recognized in numerous cultures around the world, and many myths are associated with it. It is one of the most conspicuous and recognizable constellations in the night sky yet it has no place in the modern zodiac.

The earliest depiction linked to the constellation is a prehistoric (Aurignacian) mammoth ivory carving found in a cave in the Ach valley in West Germany in 1979. Archaeologists estimate that it was fashioned approximately 32,000 to 38,000 years ago.

Orion’s seven brightest stars form a distinctive hourglass-shaped asterism, or pattern…

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The Effects of Precession on Astronomical Mythology — d e c i p h e r

As a result of the slow, revolving, axial tilt of the earth (“axial precession”), the celestial sphere above slowly shifts relative to our observational point on earth. Accordingly, there is a shift of the (perceived) celestial ‘poles’ that results in a circuit and cycle of approximately 25,800 years known as “the Great Year”. The path […]

The Effects of Precession on Astronomical Mythology — d e c i p h e r

Merlin and the Prophecy of the Star and the Fiery Dragon

Under the influence!

waldemar_flaig_stern_von_bethlehem_1920 Waldemar Flaig [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

King Aurelius Ambrosius

The legendary Merlin is one of the best known characters in Arthurian legend and romance and many remarkable feats are attributed to him.  In The History of the Kings of Britain (Historia regum Britanniae) written about 1136 by Geoffrey of Monmouth he was an advisor, magician and prophet of kings.  Presented here is a retelling of one of his prophecies inspired by a comet that reveals the death of the King  of the Britons, Aurelius Ambrosius.   He predicts his younger brother Uther would take the crown and from him would come a king who would be the hope and inspiration of the Britons and a daughter who would beget a line of kings.  The story begins after Ambrosius had driven out the Saxons and pacified the Picts on the borderlands to establish himself as undisputed King of the Britons after…

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Merlin – From Druid to Devil’s Son — Whispers of Yggdrasil

In this video I shall present a study on the literary sources of the Middle Ages that gave rise to the figure of Merlin. But before that, we must understand how the medieval mentality viewed magic, as well as the evolution of what constituted magic, as such perceptions were altered at several points due to […]

Merlin – From Druid to Devil’s Son — Whispers of Yggdrasil

Google offers virtual tours of Sudan’s Pyramids of Meroe; Alvin R Cabral; The National — All About World Heritage Sites

Photo: Google Historic locations in the Middle East and North Africa are increasingly being featured on virtual platforms… Source: Google offers virtual tours of Sudan’s Pyramids of Meroe

Google offers virtual tours of Sudan’s Pyramids of Meroe; Alvin R Cabral; The National — All About World Heritage Sites