Sagittarius: Your New Year’s Sun Sign, But Not Mine

In astrology, the sun sign rules. Presumably, it is the constellation in which the sun was found on one’s day of birth. But traditional astrology has never benefitted from something like a church council, which would resolve the problem of the millennia-old sun signs of astrology being seriously out of whack with what groups of stars the sun actually traverses as the year goes by.

Take the constellation of the Archer, for example. Your friendly newspaper sun sign column will tell you that if you were born between November 23 to December 21, you were birthed under the sign of Sagittarius.

The astronomy buff will reply that Sagittarius is the sun sign instead of those babes born between 18 December and 18 January, the actual dates in which the sun follows that red dotted line in the diagram above.

With the sun in the way, you’ll have a heck of a time viewing any of those fun “M” objects: really cool nebulas (like the Trifid and the Lagoon) and star clusters (like the dazzling M55). The center of our galaxy is thataway, too, 180 quadrillion miles. As is the black hole that is the closest to Earth. The closest that we know of.

Above is an image from a corner of the Trifid Nebula taken by the Hubble Space telescope.

If you’re an earthbound astronomer, you’ll have to wait a month or two to sample any of these universal delights. By then, the sun will have moved on a few spots in the zodiac and these sights can be sampled once again from the Pale Blue Planet.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Sagittarius: Your New Year’s Sun Sign, But Not Mine

  1. XRumerTest says:

    Hello. And Bye.

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