No, I didn’t confuse Astrology and Astronomy. Technically speaking, I have been a professional astronomer. (I have been paid to do professional work in Videography of Meteor showers and am part of a publication on Lunar Impacts.) Yeah, real astronomy.
Apparantly a real astronomer looked at the variation of the rise of constellations with date, and noticed that the shift had been…well… like a month. Now, people have been using the “traditional dates” since long before I was born. These dates were accurate back in Babylon, but currently are sufficiently in error, than the Astronomer decided to re-state the dates.
According to astronomers at the Minnesota Planetarium Society , here’s how your date of birth aligns with the constellations:
Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11
Pisces: March 11-April 18
Aries: April 18-May 13
Taurus: May 13-June 21
Gemini: June 21-July 20
Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23-29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20
Yeah, this just KILLS me. I mean, I am a consumate Virgo! Everyone says so…now I am a LEO? My SISTER is a Leo. (and it never matched her well, I hope she enjoys being a Cancer, I always thought she was.) I am not a Leo, at least in my own mind…not that it ever made any difference to the horoscopes. Never had a horoscope (outside of the Onion) that I liked. But the personalty profiles I thought were fun. Oh well, it was fun being a Virgo. My son is now a Scorpio, he loves Scorpions. He’ll like that. My wife … well … No great change. I had hopes, high hopes, of her ending up in Ophiuchus… In the words of the Immortal Sage “Missed it by THAT much.”
Just to talk about SCALE for a second.
Ophiuchus is famous for containing Bernard’s star, which is only 5.9 Light years away, our closest neighbor. However, it is a red dwarf and not very interesting otherwise.
Here is one of our closest neighbor Galaxies. It is actually easier to find than Bernard’s Star, which can give you an idea of how bright it must be. It is 35 Million light years away. Just to give you an idea of the scale of the universe. It currently takes about 6 months to get to Mars. If I could fly to Mars in an hour, traveling about 10 percent of the speed of light, the solar system is my oyster. I can travel all the way from Pluto to the sun in a few days. In a month I could explore the reaches of the Oort cloud. But, it would still take me 60 years to get to Bernard’s Star. Wow.
Now imagine I have a Starship with which can travel to our closest neighbor, Bernard’s Star, in about a day at 2000 times the speed of light. I can get to the center of the galaxy 50,000 light years away, in only 25 days. The Galaxy is now my oyster. How close is our neighbor galaxies? They are still a 50 year flight away.
A picture of that galaxy, for your amusement.
Explanation: Gorgeous spiral galaxy NGC 3521 is a mere 35 million light-years distant, toward the constellation Leo. Spanning some 50,000 light-years, its central region is shown in this dramatic image, constructed from data drawn from the Hubble Legacy Archive. The close-up view highlights this galaxy’s characteristic multiple, patchy, irregular spiral arms laced with dust and clusters of young, blue stars. In constrast, many other spirals exhibit grand, sweeping arms. A relatively bright galaxy in planet Earth’s sky, NGC 3521 is easily visible in small telescopes, but often overlooked by amateur imagers in favor of other Leo spiral galaxies, like M66 and M65.