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Man must rise above the Earth, to the top of the atmosphere and beyond, for only then will he fully understand the world in which he lives.
Socrates, 469 - 399 BC


The science
and the magic.

Solar System

All things held captive
by the Sun.


Everything else
in the Universe.

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The Sun is in the constellation Leo.

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Long 95° West

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Sunrise (CDT) 6:52 am 6:52 am 6:53 am 6:53 am 6:54 am 6:55 am 6:55 am
Sunset (CDT) 7:56 pm 7:55 pm 7:54 pm 7:53 pm 7:52 pm 7:51 pm 7:50 pm
Moonrise (CDT) 5:35 am 6:39 am 7:42 am 8:43 am 9:42 am 10:28 am 11:34 am
Moonset (CDT) 7:19 pm 8:04 pm 8:45 pm 9:24 pm 10:00 pm 10:36 pm 11:12 pm
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Current Morning Star(s): The planet Venus (mag -4.6, low in the east) Current Evening Star(s): The planet Jupiter (mag -2.4, low in the west)

The Sky This Month

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(Latitude 30° North, Longitude 95° West)

The Stars Of Summer

As the seasons change, so do the stars. As we officially enter summer, the spring constellations gradually disappear into the sunset, and the stars of summer take centre stage, with the MIlky Way arching overhead from north to south. In the centre of the MIlky Way fly the great celestial birds: Cygnus, the swan, and Aquila, the eagle. On the western edge of the Milky Way is the bright star Vega, beside the constellation Hercules, and high in the west is the brilliant Arcturus. Just above the southern horizon, Sagittarius, the archer, chases the scorpion, Scorpius, across the sky.

The Planets

Our current evening "star", the giant planet Jupiter is slowly sinking in the western sky, while the great ringed planet Saturn sits high overhead. The brilliant Venus, is still our morning "star" appearing slightly lower in the east every day as it prepares to move behind the Sun. The red planet Mars is lost behind the Sun.

(where the planets are right now)
Courtesy of John Walker

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Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.
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From to the Summer Solstice to the Autumnal Equinox

"Solstice" is Latin for the standing still of the Sun. It is the moment in Earth's orbit around the Sun when the north or south pole is leaning as far as it can towards the Sun. In one hemisphere it is the longest day of the year, and in the other hemisphere it is the shortest day of the year. It is the moment when the Sun appears to stop its north/south migration in the sky and "stand still" - just for a moment - before it starts moving back in the opposite direction again. It happens twice a year, and traditionally marks the first day of winter and the first day of summer. In between the solstices are the equinoxes, when days and nights are equal all over the world.

This year's summer solstice arrived at 11:24 PM CDT, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and the days begin to grow shorter now (in the northern hemisphere) as we move toward the autumnal equinox at 3:02 PM, CST, Friday, September 22, 2017.

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Venus and the Crescent Moon
Santa Elena, Oaxaca, Mexico - November 27, 2011

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Moonrise Over a Poro Poro Tree
Santa Elena, Oaxaca, Mexico - January 15, 2011

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