Biblical Astronomy


January/February 2004


Editor – Robert Scott Wadsworth <> P.O. Box 2272, Oregon City, OR 97045

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Nehemia Gordon from Jerusalem Israel compiled the following New Moon Reports for December 2003 and January 2004, and the beginning of the 10th and 11th months on the Hebrew calendar respectively.


December (Tenth Month) – “On Wednesday December 24, 2003, the New Moon was sighted from Israel by: Nehemia Gordon at 17:09 from Jerusalem and then subsequently by Devorah Gordon, Melech ben Ya’akov, and others from the same location; Ron Aboodi at 17:12 from elsewhere in Jerusalem; Wendy Sutherland at 17:03 from Kefar Etzyon.”


January (Eleventh Month) – “On Friday January 23, 2004, observers across Israel looked for the New Moon but did not sight it due to heavy cloud coverage, although we are still awaiting reports from several more observers.  Even though the moon was not sighted in Israel tonight (based on current reports), it is still New Moon day by default (since a month cannot be longer than 30 days).”
The next new moon, which will kick off the 12th month (Adar) on the Hebrew calendar, is expected to be visible from Jerusalem near sunset on Saturday February 21, 2004.





There is a lack of any foreseeable significant celestial events in the months of January through March.  The heavens are very quiet as far as special events.  The only foreseeable significant celestial events in those three months are the opposition of Jupiter on March 3, and the Abib New Moon expected on March 22, which are both annual events.  I will write of the opposition of Jupiter in this article since I will be working on a massive project throughout February and will be flying to Topeka, Kansas to do a 7.5-hour presentation that will be video taped at the Prophecy Club studio at the end of the month. I will not be getting back to Oregon until February 29.  I then may be going on a national tour sometime in March or April.   Since the Abib New Moon will most likely occur on March 22, I will strive to get the next newsletter out no later than one or two days after that date, which will be another combined issue (March/April).  


Yes, I am finally doing the 3 tape series that I have been talking about over the last 2 years.  Each tape should be about 2.5 hours long.  The following is a brief description.


The first tape will be on all 48 constellations and the major stars in those constellations as well as the sun, moon and planets with their ancient names and Biblical meanings of those names.


The second tape will cover major celestial events that coincided with major Biblical events that occurred in those constellations from Adam through the First Appearing of Messiah (including His birth, crucifixion, resurrection, and the Day of Pentecost following).


The third tape will cover recent and near future celestial events that point to the soon return of Yahoshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ). 


These tapes will be professionally done and of high quality.  I hope to have these available to sell by the end of March.  At this time I do not know what my cost will be on these and therefore the selling price, but I will know by the printing of the next newsletter.  There will be a fuller description of the contents of these tapes at that time also. 


It is my hope that the information contained in this seminar will give a good working knowledge of how Biblical Astronomy works and be used by those who feel destined to do so to help pass this on to younger or future generations if there be a need to do so.  




Biblical Astronomer Robert Scott Wadsworth will be the guest speaker at the next Prophecy Club meeting in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday February 24, 2004.  Bob will be giving an overview of his upcoming three part video series as well as speaking on recent and very near future celestial events that point to the soon return of the Messiah, Yahoshua (Jesus).


The meeting will be held at the Columbia Double Tree Hotel on 1401 N. Hayden Island Drive in Portland, Oregon.  The doors will be open at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.






The planet Tzedek (Jupiter) will be at opposition and at its closest approach to the earth and brightest magnitude for the year on March 3, 2004.  Chart 340 below shows the position of the planet in the constellation Arieh (Leo) at the time of opposition.


Chart 340 – Jupiter at Opposition on March 3, 2004


Facts: The planet Tzedek (The Righteous One or Righteousness or The Lord our Righteousness) was in the constellation Arieh which represents the Lion of the Tribe of Judah at the beginning of Messiah’s first appearing, when he was born.


Tzedek is the root for Melchisedec.  It is written in Hebrews 7:14–17 (KJV) about Messiah:


For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.  And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.  For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.


Tzedek is in Arieh for about one year every 12 years. There are some who believe that Tzedek (Jupiter) will be in the constellation Arieh (Leo) at the beginning of Messiah’s second appearing also.  It remains to be seen if now is the time for this to occur.




As mentioned in the July issue of Biblical Astronomy, there are two potentially bright naked eye comets that will be passing our way from late April through early June.  The designated names for the comets are Comet NEAT (C/2001 Q4) and Comet LINEAR (C/2002 T7).  Comet NEAT is not brightening quite as rapidly as expected but may still be between magnitude 1 and 3 when it reaches its brightest magnitude.  Comet LINEAR is brightening much more rapidly than was expected and may reach a magnitude between –1 and 0, potentially brighter than Comet Hale-Bopp was during its last rendezvous with this vicinity of the solar system.


Comet NEAT should be well visible in the Northern Hemisphere when it reaches its brightest magnitude on May 6/7.  Comet LINEAR will not be visible from the Northern Hemisphere, at least as far south as Jerusalem, when it reaches its brightest magnitude on May 17.  But it may be visible from Jerusalem in the early morning sky (4:30 am JDT) about 5 degrees above the eastern horizon from April 28 to May 7.  It will be visible in the evening sky from Jerusalem starting around May 25, when it should loose considerable brightness from its May 17 peak.  It rises higher above the horizon each night thereafter and should be visible through early June from the Northern Hemisphere, though it will most likely dim very rapidly from late May to early June.  For those who live around latitude 45 degrees, such as in the Pacific Northwest, LINEAR may not become visible until June 1.


The below photo of Comet LINEAR was taken by Dennis Persyk on January 13, 2004.  This is a composite of fourteen five-minute exposures.




One thing to note is since Comet LINEAR is brightening at a very rapid rate, it “may” mean that the comet is breaking up and could fizzle out before it reaches naked eye brightness.  We will just have to wait and see what happens.


Both comets will be very visible at their brightest magnitudes from the Land-Down-Under (southern Australia).  They have the potential to put on a spectacular show for those who live at that latitude.  (Would anyone in southern Australia like to put a lodger up for a few weeks?)


Chart 341 below, which is in the ecliptic mode, shows the path of Comet NEAT from April 27 to May 9 2004.  Each dot on the path represents 1 day.  The comet will reach its closest approach to the earth and brightest magnitude (depending on a few factors) on May 6, when it is in the constellation Canis Major.


Chart 341 – Path of Comet NEAT (C/2001 Q4) from April 27 to May 9, 2004


Chart 342 below shows the path of Comet LINEAR from May 18 to June 1, 2004.  This comet will reach its closest approach to the earth and brightest magnitude on May 16 when it is in the midst of the constellation Eridanus (the river of fire).  The comet then goes on through Canis Major and crosses the former path of Comet NEAT on May 24.  Comet LINEAR should still be fairly bright at that time.


Chart 342 – Path of Comet LINEAR (C/2002 T7) from May 18 to June 1, 2004



Chart 343 below shows the intersect point of the two comet paths in the constellation Canis Major.  Comet NEAT reaches that point on May 6, when it is also at its closest approach to Earth and at its brightest magnitude as seen from earth.  Comet LINEAR, as mentioned above, reaches that point on May 24.


Chart 343 – Intersection of the Paths of Comets NEAT and LINEAR



If the two comets are as bright as expected on the above dates, it will be a magnificent sign indeed, especially taking into consideration the constellation that they pass through when they are very bright.


Below is an article from the January 1998 issue of Biblical Astronomy concerning Canis Major and its brightest star Sirius.



The most dominant constellation in the winter sky is Orion. It shines forth brilliantly in the early evening skies of December, January, and February. The brightest star (other than the planets Jupiter and Venus) in the heavens also shines brilliantly during these winter nights; it is the star Sirius in the constellation Canis Major. The star is located south and west of Orion. If you can find Orion, Sirius is easy to locate since it is the brightest star in the heavens.                                        

In its perverted form, the constellation to which Sirius belongs is shown in the form of a dog, and the star is associated with burning heat, pestilence, and disaster to the earth and the children of men. It is from this star and constellation that we get the saying "the dog days of summer." When this star was first seen in its rising in ancient Egypt, it signified that the dreadfully hot summer days would soon begin. Because of the precession of the equinoxes and other factors, the rising of the star has no longer any association with the hot days of summer. I believe that the true meaning of this constellation can be found in its more ancient form. The following is from Joseph A. Seiss' "The Gospel in the Stars," (1882), pp. 116-117.                             

"In the Dendera Zodiac the figure is the Eagle or Hawk (not a dog), the particular enemy of the Serpent, having on his head a double mark of crownings with power and majesty, and standing on the top of a great mace as the triumphant royal Breaker and Bruiser of the powers of evil. The principal star in this constellation is the most brilliant and fiery in all the heavens.                                  

This star is called Sirius, from sir or seir, which means Prince, Guardian, the Victorious. Taken in connection with the name of the figure in the Egyptian sphere, as often given, we have Naz-Seir or Nazir; and we know who it was to be called Naz-seir-ene. Naz-Seir means the Sent Prince. So the Rod promised to come forth from the stem or stump of Jesse is called Netzer in the Hebrew Bible, there translated the Branch, the princely Scion, who should "smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and slay the wicked with the breath of His lips." Not, then, only because Christ spent His earlier years at an obscure village by the name of Nazareth, but, above all, because He was the sent Prince, the Messiah, the Branch, at once the Netzer of Isaiah and the Naz-Seir of these equally prophetic constellations. From the earliest ages of Christianity till now interpreters and defenders of the Scripture have been at a loss to explain by what prophet or in what sacred prophecy it was said, as claimed by the Apostle, that Christ should be called a Nazarene; but here, from a most unexpected quarter, we find the nearest and most literal foreshadowing of that very name, given in place as a designation of the Seed of the woman, and describing Him as the Sent Prince, the lordly Eagle, the appointed tearer in pieces of the extirpirator of the whole serpent brood. And in this Naz-Seir, or Naz-Sirius, we are to see Him of whom Matthew said, "He came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called NAZ-SEIR-ENE" (Matt. 2:23).              

It would verily seem as if we were selecting a list of scriptural expressions concerning our Redeemer when we thus give the sense of these astronomic names. Their meaning is most truly significant when understood of Christ, but they are worse than absurd if we are to understand them of an Egyptian dog." –end of article

Other stars in this constellation, their names and name meanings are:  Mirzam – the prince or ruler; Wesen – the bright, the shining; Adhara – the glorius; Aschere – who shall come; Al Shira Al Femeniya – the Prince or Chief of the right hand; Seir – the Prince; Abur – the mighty; Al Habor – the mighty; Muliphen – the leader, the chief.                   


This is something to contemplate while looking at this constellation and its star Sirius during the winter months and the celestial events surrounding it in May. And give praise to God. For the triumphant return of His son Yahoshua (the Nazarene) in all His glory will soon be here.


There will be more info and updates on the two comets, NEAT and LINEAR, in upcoming newsletters.  Stay tuned.




Every month I get swamped with e-mails and many of those contain questions about celestial events of the past, present or future, which would each require me many hours of my time to answer properly.  Since I do not have hundreds of hours of my time to spare at the moment, I have put hundreds of e-mails on the back burner in the futile hope that I would someday find the time to answer them.  If you have e-mailed me in the past and have asked a question that I would take me over 30 minutes of research in order to answer it properly, or if you sent me a 10 to 20 page document (I have dozens of various writings that I have had sent to me, anywhere from 5 to 150 pages), I most likely have it on the back burner and will not get to it in the next decade.  I just do not have the time to answer everything, or to read everything that I get.  I would need 48 hours per day, 12 days per week, 400 weeks per year, 25 years per decade, to get to them all.  When I attempt to do so I just get burnt out and it drains me from my own research besides taking away much of my “free time.”


If your question is short and to the point, and it doesn’t take me over 5 to 10 minutes to answer it, then you will probably get a quick reply.  But if you have a long essay that requires me to answer dozens of questions, then you will most likely not get a reply in this century. 


I don’t mean for this to discourage anyone in e-mailing me questions or comments.  But if you do not get a reply right away, you will know the reason why.


For those who want to find past or future celestial events, such as what dates all the eclipses between 1930 and 1940 occurred, astronomy programs are available to you so you can do your own research. A good place to start is  They have a number of programs including ones for beginners, as well as a free trial download.


Yahuweh abundantly bless you and your family.