Re: Does anyone know anything about astronomy?
- Thank you so much for the enlightening banter Alf, but I believe I am
on the way to solving my astronomical conundrum. Why do we see some of
the same stars in the sky six months from now, despite being as far
away from this point of our planetary orbit as we can get, whilst
looking out into the cosmos in the other direction to the one we can
look out into tonight? Because our world is a sphere, and most of us
do not live on the equator. Being "down under" here in Australia, we
are always to an extent looking "down" into the great star-studded
vault of the cosmos, just as those who are in the Northern Hemisphere
are looking up.
Now for a trick question! How many constellations are there in the
Zodiac? 12, you might reply? Well, what about Ophiuchus, the Serpent
Wrestler? His constellation, the 13th, was booted out of the company
of star signs by the Greeks, who wanted a nice neat 12 signs, each one
ruling an even 30 degrees of the sky. If your birthday falls between
November 30 and December 17, which is when the sun passes through
Ophiuchus, you could claim him as your star sign (unofficially). You
can see where to find him at
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, candidsnap
> I don't want to brag, but yes, I know much about nothing as a general
> To answer your question, I believe that the orbit of your head is twice
> as fast as the orbit of the earth, hence you are still looking in the
> same general direction six months later. In your case, this is caused by
> your propensity to run around in circles for a very long time. Anyone so
> adroit with a GPS should know that; but if pain persists, please see
> your doctor immediately.
> I am very grateful to you for your question. Last time I posted here I
> received a large number of hits to my blog. As a result, I wrote a
> little poem as a way of saying thank you for visiting. Dear Reader, I
> hope you are inspired now to have a look at Song of The Internet
> <http://thousandeye.blogspot.com/2007/05/song-of-internet.html> -
> perhaps you will find your self there.
> Thus I do not feel like such a shameless self promoter, riding under
> your banner, so to speak.
> In joy,
> --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, rathin31 <no_reply@>
> > Hello friends, I have a perplexing question, no doubt a product of my
> > ignorance. It is to do with the night sky, and the stars that can be
> > seen in it. Now, it is generally agreed that the earth orbits around
> > the sun, a proposition that seems sensible enough. One lap around the
> > sun takes one year. Therefore, six months from now, our location in
> > the solar system will be as far from this spot as we can get (assuming
> > that 'this spot' is some kind of fixed location- which it is not...
> > but that's a whole separate issue). Anyway, when it is night, our bit
> > of planet earth is facing away from the sun, out into the cosmos. So,
> > in six months time, why aren't we looking out into a completely
> > different night sky, rather than one that is just a little different?
> > Here in the southern hemisphere, I can see the Southern Cross, and I'm
> > pretty sure it's visible all year round. So why will I see mostly the
> > same stars, six months from now? Are there any amateur (or
> > professional) astronomers who can relieve my state of befuddlement?
> > Cosmically yours,
> > Rathin
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