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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 Taurus.

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Lat 30° North
Long 95° West

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Sunrise (CDT) 6:19 am 6:19 am 6:19 am 6:20 am 6:20 am 6:20 am 6:20 am
Sunset (CDT) 8:24 pm 8:24 pm 8:24 pm 8:24 pm 8:24 pm 8:25 pm 8:25 pm
Moonrise (CDT) 2:07 am 2:46 am 3:27 am 4:12 am 5:03 am 5:59 am 7:00 am
Moonset (CDT) 2:35 pm 3:38 pm 4:43 pm 5:50 pm 6:58 pm 8:04 pm 9:06 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, high overhead)

The Sky This Month

10:00 PM Central Daylight Time

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(Latitude 30° North, Longitude 95° West)

The Stars Of Spring

As the seasons change, so do the stars. As we officially enter spring, the winter constellations gradually disappear into the sunset, and the stars of spring take centre stage, featuring the mighty figures of Leo, the lion, Virgo, the virgin, Ursa Major, the big bear, and Bootes, the herdsman.

The Planets

Venus, our former evening "star", is passing behind the Sun right now, to reappear as our morning "star" in June, low in the east. The giant planet Jupiter rises in the east as the Sun sets in the west, becoming our new evening "star". The great ringed planet Saturn rises in the east after midnight, and the red planet Mars is lost in the glare of 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.
real time positions of planets

From the Winter Solstice to the Spring 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 spring equinox arrived at 4:29 AM CST, Monday, March 20, 2017, and the days continue to grow longer (in the northern hemisphere) as we move toward the summer solstice at 11:24 PM CDT, Tuesday, June 20, 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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