Nehemia Gordon from
August 30 – “On Tuesday August 30, 2011 observers
August 31 – “On Wednesday August 31, 2011 the new moon was
The next new moon is expected to be visible from
There is a very slight to nil chance that the moon
could be seen near sunset on September 28.
There was a condition last month that gave a chance for a possible new
moon sighting on August 30. I wrote of
this in the August newsletter. However, the
moon was not spotted until the following evening. See this month’s New Moon Report. On August 30th the moon was 3.6% illuminated and 5.980 above
the horizon at 5 minutes past sunset.
This situation gave a fair chance for the crescent to be spotted if it
was not a very hot day. The crescent was
not spotted anywhere in
A UNIQUE CELESTIAL SIGN FOR YOM TERUAH
I have received many e-mails from subscribers and others over the past couple of months concerning the celestial event that will take place on the evening starting Yom Teruah (The Day of Trumpets). I have received much input from two particular people. I do not know if they want me to give their names, so I will only give their first names. Thank you Tamara and Rob for all your input concerning the celestial event that is to take place on the evening of September 29, 2011.
The first crescent of the next new moon will most
likely be seen near sunset on September 29, 2011. At that time the sun will be in the upper arm
of Bethulah (Virgo) and as seen from
This celestial sign of the woman being clothed with
the sun and the moon beneath her feet from Revelation 12:1 occurs about every
two to three years as seen from
There are also other signs that occur in the fall every year and during the fall feasts when the fall feasts occur from late September to mid October. I do not have the space to go through them all with their charts here, but you can see an article on them with the charts in the September 1996 (with stick figures) and the September/October 2003 (with pictures) issues of Biblical Astronomy. These signs are celestial rehearsals for certain events mentioned in Revelation 12 and 13. These events take place every fall portraying the casting down of the dragon, the dragon standing on the shore of the sea, the beast rising up out of the sea, etc. At some point and time, the Biblical events will actually come to pass on Earth. That is why every year, we check to see what celestial events occur, such as conjunctions, comets, massing of planets, meteor storms, etc., in these constellations in the fall. There are some interesting events taking place this year that we will take a look at in this newsletter.
Chart 568 shows the ecliptic view of the constellation Virgo
(Bethulah) on September 29, 2011 (Yom Teruah) as seen from
Chart 568 – Ecliptic view of Bethulah
on Sept. 29, 2011 as seen from
Chart 569 – Ecliptic view of Bethulah
on Sept. 29, 2011 as seen from
Bethulah (Virgo) represents the faithful of
Chart 568 shows Comet Elenin above the shoulder of Bethulah. The comet disintegrated in late August so it does not play much of a factor here. If it held together and had an outburst, then we may have had a bright object to look at, though it had to be as bright as Venus to be seen through the glare of the sun in the early morning sky about 20 minutes before sunrise on September 29 or 30. The picture of Virgo in Chart 568 is from the Starry Night Pro 4.0.5 program and is an accurate rendition of the constellation as far as the head is where the head is suppose to be, the feet where they are suppose to be, etc.
All pictures of Virgo from the 17th through 19th centuries from various Astronomers such as Jamieson, Bode, Flamsteed, Fortan, etc. have the proportions right with her head covering the stars Nu Virginis, Xi Virginis, Omega Virginis etc., as shown in Chart 568. Chart 569 shows the head of Virgo below those stars. It is in the wrong place. It is also turned a bit so that the star Auva is in her arm and not in her womb as shown in Chart 568. Chart 569 was produced using Starry Night 6.4.3, the latter version of the program. I do like the picture of Bethulah in Chart 569 better than Chart 568, though the proportions are wrong. I put both charts together above so they will be easier to compare.
She is holding a staff of wheat or barley in one hand and a palm frond in the other. This may be very familiar to those who celebrate the Feasts of Yahweh, both Jews and Messianic believers. Do you ever wonder where this tradition comes from?
I have mentioned this discrepancy in previous newsletters but I never showed the comparisons. The creators of Starry Night did not have Biblical Astronomy in mind when they made the program. It is the only Astronomy program that I know of that has the pictures of the constellations instead of just the stick figures. The pictures bring more life to the story than the stick or line figures do. Though for the time being, we are stuck with the pictures from Starry Night. I will continue to point out any discrepancies the pictures may have in interpreting celestial events. The dark diagonal line in Chart 569 represents the horizon. Just tip the chart a bit to see the local view. Both of the charts are in Ecliptic view. The light magenta horizontal line is the Ecliptic.
I forgot to mention above that the planets Saturn (especially Saturn) and Venus will be very difficult to see with the unaided eye in the early evening of September 29, since their light will be drowned out by the light of the nearby setting sun.
You should be able to see them with binoculars or a telescope.
The star shown in the charts as Spica is the star Tsemech (Heb.), which means Branch. There are twenty Hebrew words translated “Branch,” but only one of them (Tsemech) is used exclusively of the Messiah, and this word only four times (Jer. 23:5,6; Zech. 3:8; Zech. 6:12; and Isa. 4:2).
Venus will pass 3 degrees north of Spica (Tsemech) on October 3 coming into conjunction with it. The Bright and Morning Star will be in conjunction with The Branch.
sunset September 29 to sunset September 30.
sunset October 8 to sunset October 9.
Feast of Tabernacles – 15th to 21st day of 7th Month
sunset October 13 to sunset October 20.
sunset October 20 to sunset October 21.
The planet Adom (Mars) will be passing through the Beehive Cluster also known as Praesepe in the constellation Cancer from October 1 to October 2, 2011.
Chart 570 shows the planet Mars about to enter the Beehive Cluster in the constellation Cancer on September 30, 2011. The star cluster called the Beehive Cluster is also known by its ancient name Praesepe, which means a multitude, offspring. In ancient times the constellation Cancer was not shown as a crab and was called Klaria, which means the cattle folds. This constellation represents a place of shelter or refuge for the sheepfolds of Yahweh. See the March 2011 issue of Biblical Astronomy where Cancer was the feature constellation for more interesting info on the constellation.
Chart 570 – Mars near the Beehive Cluster
at 5 a.m. JST as seen from
The planet Mars can represent Michael the
warrior archangel who fights against the Devil for
Chart 571 shows the path of Mars from September 30
through October 3, 2011 as it passes through the Praesepe (Beehive Cluster). You can also see the stars Asselus
Borealis and Asselus Australlis on either side of the cluster. These are the Northern Ass and the Southern
Ass. They represent two
donkeys. Donkeys are used to protect
sheep from predators. Here, the remnant
of the woman’s “offspring” is protected by the atoning blood of Messiah,
Michael the warrior archangel, and two donkeys.
We have nothing to fear. This
would be a great celestial event to view through binoculars. A good time to view this would be around 5
a.m. on October 1. Mars will be seen
more in the central area of the edge of the Beehive at that time as seen from
Chart 571 – The path of Mars
through the Beehive Cluster from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, 2011 as seen from
Every year around October 8 the Draconid Meteor Shower peaks. This is usually a weak shower only producing 10 to 20 meteors per hour. However, every once in a while the shower becomes a storm producing as many up 10,000 meteors per hour and hundreds of meteors per second as was witnessed all across Europe on October 9, 1933.
The dust particles that make up the shower or storm
come from Halley’s Comet. This year the
earth is expected to pass through a region of dust particles that may produce
more than 600 meteors per hour. They
will be best seen from the Middle East (including
The chart below shows the radiant of the Draconids Meteor Shower in the head of the dragon (mouth area here). The chart shows the foot and heel of Hercules (represents the Seed of the woman or Yahshuah) coming down on the dragon’s head. The colored area is the horizon and the dragon’s head is descending downward toward the horizon. This is the portrayal of the dragon being cast down to the earth. The meteors could represent the stars of heaven falling and one third of the devil’s angels being cast to the earth.
The chart above is shown at Midnight on October 8/9
as seen from
If you have the pdf file of the newsletter from an attachment to an e-mail or from the Biblical Astronomy Website, then you can use the Marquee Zoom feature in Adobe to zoom in on the charts. Just put the cursor over the chart and press the right click button on you mouse and go down and select Marquee Zoom. The put the cursor over the area you want to zoom in on and press the left click button on your mouse to zoom in. Each click zooms in more.
The Orionid Meteor Shower peaks on October 21/22. This year they compete with a waning crescent moon. The best time to look for the meteorites is around 2 a.m. This shower produces about 20 meteors per hour.
The chart below from Astronomy.com shows the radiant of the shower in the club of Orion.
Orion portrays Light breaking forth in the Redeemer. Orion is also seen crushing the enemy under his foot. See the January 2010 issue of Biblical Astronomy for more interesting info on Orion.
ZEDEK AT OPPOSITION
Zedek (Jupiter) will be at opposition and its closest approach to the earth for the year and at its brightest October 28, 2011. Below is a chart showing the position of Jupiter in Aries at the time of opposition.
Jupiter is in the upper leg that is breaking the bands that
bind Pisces (