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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 Pisces.

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Lat 30° North
Long 95° West

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Sunrise (CST) 6:01 am 6:02 am 6:02 am 6:03 am 7:04 am 7:05 am 7:05 am
Sunset (CST) 5:20 pm 5:20 pm 5:20 pm 5:20 pm 5:20 pm 5:21 pm 5:21 pm
Moonrise (CST) 10:53 am 11:34 am 12:14 am 12:53 pm 1:32 pm 2:13 pm 2:56 pm
Moonset (CST) 10:04 pm 11:01 pm 12:00 am wed 1:00 am thur 2:02 am fri 3:06 am sat 4:13 am sun
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Current Morning Star(s): The planet Jupiter (mag -1.8, in the east) Current Evening Star(s): The planet Venus (mag -4.1, in the west)

The Sky This Month

10:00 PM Central Daylight Time

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(Latitude 30° North, Longitude 95° West)

The Stars Of Fall

As the seasons change, so do the stars. As we officially enter autumn, the summer constellations slowly disappear into the sunset, and the stars of autumn take centre stage, featuring the six constellations of the Andromeda story.

The Planets

Venus, our evening "star", climbs up out of the sunset, as the great ringed planet Saturn disappears into the horizon beneath it. Just above Venus is the red planet Mars. The giant planet Jupiter, is now our morning "star", rising in the east during the wee hours before 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 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 autumnal equinox occured at 9:21 AM CDT, Thursday, September 22, 2016, and the winter solstice is coming up at 4:44 AM CST, Wednesday, December 21, 2016.

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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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