Nehemia Gordon from Jerusalem, Israel compiled the
following New Moon Reports for November 2006 and the beginning of the Ninth
Month on the Biblical Calendar and December 2006 and the beginning of the Tenth
Month on the Biblical Calendar.
November – “On Wednesday
December – “On Thursday
The following report is from Roy Hoffman of the New
Moon Society in Jerusalem, Israel
“The Moon was seen from Israel on Friday 22nd
December 2006 despite clouds. A group of about 20 people gathered in Maale
Adumim. I and a few others saw the Moon from there for brief periods through
gaps in the clouds between 16:32 and 17:30.”
The next new moon is expected to be visible from
Jerusalem near sunset on
The simulation below shows the position of the new
moon for the beginning of the Ninth Month (Kislev) near sunset on
The sun and four of the five bright planets are in
the near vicinity. Three of the planets
– Jupiter, Mars and Mercury – were on a rendezvous for a close massing on December 10/11,
MASSING OF JUPITER, MARS
early December the planets Jupiter (Zedek), Mars (Adom) and Mercury
(Catab) came into a close conjunction in the constellation and sign Scorpio. In their Biblical portrayals in the war
between the woman and the woman’s seed against the serpent and the serpent’s
seed, Jupiter represents either Yahweh or Yahshua Messiah; Mars
represents Michael the warrior archangel and Mercury represents the
messenger archangel (announcing or proclaiming what is to come or sounding the trumpet). The scorpion represents the serpent’s seed. The Hebrew name for the constellation Scorpio
is Akrab which means the conflict, or war. This is a major constellation that portrays
the conflict or war between the woman’s seed and the serpent’s seed.
early through mid December the planets Jupiter, Mars and Mercury came into
conjunction with one another and massed in Scorpio and partially in Libra. The below charts show the positions of the
planets on December 8 through
the triangulation in the above chart, Mercury is on the right, Mars below
center, and Jupiter is on the left. The
blue dot on the left side of the chart is the Sun.
Chart 426 shows the positions of the three planets in the head
and the arm of the claw of the Scorpion as seen from Jerusalem about 25 minutes
before sunrise on
Chart 426 – Jupiter, Mars and Mercury
massed in Scorpio on
Chart 427 gives a more realistic look as the planets appeared
above the east-southeast horizon as seen from Jerusalem at 25 minutes before
Chart 427 – Massing as seen from
Jerusalem 25 minutes before sunrise on
planets mass in the constellation Scorpio about every 12 years. It was in November 1995 that the planets
Jupiter, Venus and Mars came into a close massing in Scorpio. At that time I believed that this massing was
portraying the beginning of the final conflict (including the great
tribulation), considering the great signs that followed over the next 7 or 8
years. That sign occurred in the evening
sky. This massing occurred in the morning sky and in the rising of the sun.
Magi first saw “His star” in the east as mentioned in Matthew 2:2 around the
time of the birth of the Messiah. The
English words “in the east” is from the Greek word en te anatole which
literally means “in the rising” referring to the rising of a star shortly
before sunrise. In astronomy this is
called the heliacal rising of a star. To
the star gazers of that time, the rising of a star or planet just before
sunrise was particularly significant in interpreting events relating to important
people. (from The Star of Bethlehem: The Star That Astonished The World by
Earnest L. Martin, p.47). It was Jupiter
or Zedek that was and is His star that was seen in the east, “in the rising” by
the Magi as they reported to Herod in Matthew 2:2.
a bright planet was seen in the rising, stargazers would pay particular
attention to it over the following months to see what other events occurred
around it. From 3BC to 2 BC there were a
number of astronomical events that occurred in the constellation Leo (Arieh)
the lion (the Lion of the Tribe of Judah) that convinced the Magi that the
Messiah, the King of Israel was born.
modern technology, we no longer need to wait to see what the planets do in
their courses, or when they come into conjunction or mass, etc. When I originally started this article back
in early December, I looked ahead to see if there were other celestial events
of interest around the planet Jupiter or in the constellation
Scorpio. I found nothing over the next
year or two of great significance.
as I climbed back in the saddle, I saw an article on a very bright comet that
is now becoming much talked about in astronomical circles. Though this comet may become a –0.8 magnitude
object (about 40 times brighter than Venus) it will be too close to the sun to
be easily seen with the naked eye, if seen at all with the naked eye.
Chart 428 shows the path of Comet McNaught 2006 P1 from
Chart 428 – Path of Comet McNaught
Chart 429 shows the position of the comet in the wing of
constellation Sagittarius on January 12 when it should be around its
peak brightness. The sun is also in the
wing of Sagittarius at that time.
Sagittarius will be seen “in the rising” with the sun it its wing at this time.
This reminds me of the scripture from Malachi 4:2:
for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves
released from the stall. Then you will
trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the
day when I do these things, says the LORD Almighty.”
Chart 429 – Comet McNaught at its
chart below shows the position of Comet McNaught in the constellation Ophiuchus
in the sign Scorpio on
The following is from a Sky & Telescope news
release written by Roger W. Sinnott on
“A major comet, known as Comet McNaught or C/2006
P1, is right now making its way through the inner solar system. It’s already as
bright as the brightest stars, but it is also sticking close to the glare of
the Sun. For this reason the general public won’t be gathering on street
corners to gaze at it, as they did Comet Hyakutake (in 1996) or Comet Hale-Bopp
(1997). But amateur astronomers in north-temperate latitudes, with their
observing know-how, have an excellent chance of spotting Comet McNaught in the
next week or so, very low in the bright glow of evening twilight.
Robert H. McNaught discovered this
unexpected visitor last August 7th with the 24-inch Uppsala Schmidt telescope
on Siding Spring Mountain in Australia. It was then in Ophiuchus and much
fainter than Pluto, but calculations at the Minor
Planet Center soon showed that it would brighten dramatically. It was
inward bound toward perihelion on January 12th, due to pass just 0.17
astronomical unit from the Sun (half Mercury’s distance). But it has recently
been lurking beyond the Sun, as seen from Earth, so the prospects for a bright
comet were difficult to assess until the start of this year.
Far-northern observers were among the
first to spot the comet visually in binoculars and small telescopes. On
December 29th, Bjorn H. Granslo in Fjellhamar, Norway, glimpsed the
4th-magnitude, tailless object in his 4-inch refractor. Near Duluth, Minnesota,
Bob King found it in his 10-inch reflector on the morning of January 2nd. “I
will not soon forget this kernel of a comet in a pale blue sky,” he posted to
comets mailing list. By next morning, John Bortle in Stormville, New York,
judged it “not fainter than 2nd magnitude” in 15x80 binoculars.
How bright will Comet McNaught get?
Complicating any guesstimates is the fact that it passes almost between Earth
and Sun. For example, Joseph N. Marcus has assessed the degree to which the
comet’s gas and dust will forward-scatter sunlight in a paper posted on Astrosite Groningen.
He concludes this enhancing effect could help the comet reach magnitude –3 to
–5, about as bright as Venus!
At this writing, for high-latitude
observers, the comet is equally easy to spot both before dawn and after sunset.
(Make that equally difficult.) After January 6th it becomes mainly an
evening target. But no matter where you live it stays lower than Venus in the
bright twilight throughout the next week or so, as shown in the diagram above.
Observers at tropical latitudes will have
an even harder time keeping up with this comet; for them its path runs closer
to the evening twilight horizon. Right after mid-month, however, it becomes
visible to those living at the southern latitudes of Australia, South Africa,
Argentina, and Chile. The comet will climb in their evening sky toward month’s
end, but by then it will be fading fast.”
Below is a picture of the comet taken by
Austrian astrophotographers Michael Jaeger and Gerald Rhemann about an hour
before sunrise on
The following article is from a Space.com
news release written by Joe Rao on
New Comet Could Become Brilliant
Australian astronomer Robert McNaught announced Aug. 7 that he had discovered a
faint comet on a photograph taken at the Siding Spring Observatory in New South
Wales, it was a distant and inconspicuous object. But its orbital motion
at once made it clear that this comet, officially catalogued as C/2006 P1,
might grow very bright right about now.
McNaught's orbit [video]
indicates that it will sweep to within just 15.8 million miles (25.4 million
kilometers) of the Sun on Jan.
12. This rather close approach—less than half the average distance of Mercury, the closest planet to the
Sun—suggests the comet has the potential to briefly evolve into a bright object.
The big question is, just how bright?
Brighter than Venus?
lower the magnitude number, the brighter the object. The brightest stars in the
sky are categorized as zero or first magnitude. Negative magnitudes are
reserved for the most brilliant objects: the brightest
star is Sirius (-1.4); the full Moon
is -12.7; the Sun is -26.7. The faintest stars visible under dark skies are
reason for the great uncertainty stems from the fact that for the past few
weeks the comet has been positioned at such a relatively small angular
distance from the Sun in the sky that it has been extremely difficult to get
good measurements of its brightness. Now, with a little over a week to go
before the comet makes its closest approach to the Sun (called perihelion),
just how bright it may ultimately get and how long a tail may develop remain to
a newly discovered comet's brightness has proven historically to be difficult,
especially around the time of perihelion.
Spot it now
is the 31st comet to bear McNaught's name and at time of discovery, it was no
brighter than magnitude 17—far to dim to see with the naked eye.
have followed its gradual brightening as its distances from Sun and Earth
decreased. It's currently both a morning
object, visible very low near the east-southeast horizon about 30 to 40 minutes
before sunrise and very low near the west-southwest horizon about 30 to 40
minutes after sunset.
this upcoming week, prospective observers should seek the most favorable
conditions possible. Even a bright comet can be obliterated by thin
horizon clouds, haze, humid air, smoke, twilight glow, city lights,
or moonlight. Binoculars are
strongly recommended for locating it.
Moore reported seeing the comet on New Year's Day evening from Dublin, Ireland.
He writes: "After searching for over half an hour in strong twilight I saw
it easily in 20x80 binoculars from an upstairs window. I could see a
small fuzzy and surprisingly bright head about as bright as the mag 3.5 star
Lambda Aquilae 6 degrees above it. That said, it was not an easy observation
given the strong twilight and the comet was only 3.0 degrees above the
comet observer, John Bortle of Stormville, New York caught sight of the comet
just before sunrise with 15 x 80 binoculars on Jan. 2.
eastern view was largely obstructed by trees," Bortle said. "Still it
was somewhat amazing to see the comet against such a bright sky and through all
those tree branches! From experience in making similar observations, I'd
judge that it was not any fainter than 2nd magnitude."
of just how bright Comet McNaught becomes, beginning on Friday, Jan.
12 and continuing through Monday, Jan. 15, it will be passing through the
field of view of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory ("SOHO"); a
spacecraft that was launched in 1995 to study the Sun.
hope to get spectacular views of the comet by utilizing SOHO's LASCO C3 camera,
whose images can also be viewed in real time here.”
these signs are pointing toward the imminent return of Messiah we will soon
know. If not, then we still have the
years 2040 to 2047 to look forward to.
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