Nehemia Gordon from
*Small fields of Aviv were found near Ein Mabua in
Wadi Qelt about 16 km from
*A Small plot of Aviv barley was found near Na’omi Junction; some of the stalks were riper than Aviv.
*Many fields of Aviv barley were found in the
Based on Leviticus 23:10 the
barley must be “ancient harvest ripe” two weeks into the lunar month in order
to declare that month as the Month of Aviv. There is no doubt that the barley will be
ready for harvest two weeks into the upcoming month (New Moon expected to be
For more details about the Aviv barley and its relation to the beginning of the Biblical New Year, please see:
The Aviv Searchers will carry out a further
examination of the barley in the northern
The photo below is Aviv
barley found at Ein Mabua in Wadi Qelt on
New Moon of the Aviv Sighted!
The moon was not visible from
Chag HaMatzot (Feast of Unleavened Bread) will begin
Shanah Tovah! Happy New Year!
The New Moon of the Aviv was in the constellation Pisces as seen in the illustration below that shows the position of the new moon in the heavens as seen from Jerusalem at
illustration below shows the position of the new moon as seen from
PDST as seen from
next new moon is expected to be visible from
Passover - from near sunset on April 3, to the early morning of April 4.
Unleavened Bread – First day of Unleavened Bread is sunset April 3, to sunset April 4. Seventh day of Unleavened Bread is from sunset April 9, to sunset April 10.
Pentecost (Shavuot) – Sunset May 26 to Sunset May 27.
MARCH 3/4 LUNAR ECLIPSE UPDATE
The total lunar eclipse on March 3/4, 2007 put on a spectacular show for those in the Israel and other parts of the Mid East, Northern Africa, Europe and eastern to mid-western United States.
As seen from
There was a problem with overcast in
The photo below is a
composite photo of the eclipse taken by Laurent Laveder from
Below are the projected dates (in raw data
form) for the first days of the months for Biblical calendar for the
coming year. The dates are near sunset when the moon is expected to be
First Month - March 20/21 3% illuminated, 20 degrees above the horizon.
Second Month - April 18/19 2% ill., 15 deg. ah
Third Month - May 17/18 1% ill., 11 deg. ah (possibly May 18/19)
Fourth Month - June 16/17 3% ill., 17 deg. ah
Fifth Month - July 15/16 2% ill., 10 deg. ah
Sixth Month - August 14/15 3% ill., 9 deg. ah
Seventh Month - September 13/14 4% ill., 8 deg. ah
Eighth Month - October 13/14 5% ill., 8deg. ah (possibly October 12/13)
Ninth Month - November 12/13 6% ill., 12 deg. ah (possibly November 11/12)
Tenth Month - December 11/12 3% ill., 11 deg. ah
Eleventh Month – January 10/11 4% ill., 19 deg. ah (possibly January 9/10)
Twelfth Month - February 8/9 2% ill., 15 deg. ah
Most likely a 13th month will not be added depending on the agricultural conditions for the year.
Thirteenth Month or First Month of the new Biblical Year – March 8/9 or possibly March 9/10. This is a somewhat borderline situation for both the aviv barley and the new moon.
For those who like to plan ahead for the holidays, the projected dates for the upcoming Fall Feasts are:
Day of Trumpets or Shouting (Yom Teruah or Yom Zicron) – September 13/14.
Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) – September 22/23.
First Day of Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) – September 27/28.
Last Great Day (Shemini Atzeret) – October 4/5.
Dedication or Feast of Lights (Hanukkah) – will most likely start at sunset on December
6 and end at sunset on
Nova Scorpii 2007, the first nova discovered in Scorpio in February, reached a peak brightness magnitude 3.8 on February 16. As of February 27, it was down to about magnitude 5.4 and by March 1, it was about 6.0. Then it started to quickly fade and dropped to 10th magnitude on March 6.
The second nova discovered in Scorpio, Nova Scorpii 2007 #2, did not brighten to naked eye visibility and as of March 7 it was down to magnitude 11. It is most likely much further away than the first nova. Its spectrum shows sharp absorption lines due to interstellar gas, a sign that its light is probably dimmed a great deal by intervening interstellar gas and dust.
This was an interesting event nonetheless. The first nova was well with naked eye range and that is a very rare event in itself, though it did not last long and faded as rapidly as it flared up.
Comet McNaught put on an awesome show for both the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere of planet Earth before it faded to beyond naked eye viewing in late February/early March. On March 12 the comet was down to magnitude 6.5 and fading.
The orbital period for Comet McNaught is still uncertain but it may be as much as 1 million years. This was its first pass of Earth from the time of the creation of Adam.
There is another new comet on the way and will peak in April. Will this be another surprise comet?
COMET LOVEJOY ON ITS WAY
What a name – The first two fruits of the Spirit!
The following is an AstroAlert released
from Sky & Telescope on
New Comet in
Terry Lovejoy of
Within 24 hours the discovery was
confirmed by John Drummond of
Lovejoy's find opens a new chapter in the long and glorious history of comet hunting. It appears to be the first case of a comet discovered in a systematic survey with an off-the-shelf digital camera: a Canon 350D with a zoom lens set to 200-mm focal length at f/2.8. Lovejoy spotted the object near the frame edge in 16 exposures of 90 seconds each. He prepared the cropped composite here from eight of these frames. North is toward left, and the field about 0.8° wide.
Orbit Not Yet Known
As of this posting, the comet's orbit is
still unknown. Observers with the necessary experience are urged to make astrometric
observations that will help in determining its orbit. For information about
this kind of work, and where to submit measurements, see these guidelines
prepared by the Minor Planet Center in
Please check the online version of this AstroAlert on Sky & Telescope's website for possible minor updates:
The orbit of Comet Lovejoy is now known and I integrated its orbital elements into my StarryNight programs.
Chart 433 shows the path of Comet Lovejoy from April 3 to
Chart 433 – Path of Comet Lovejoy from
April 3 to
From Sagittarius, the comet passes through
These are continuing signs of Messiah Y’shua (Jesus Christ) making war against his enemies.
The StarryNight Pro program that I use shows the peak brightness of Comet Lovejoy at magnitude 7.44 as it reaches its closest approach to the earth at about 41 million miles on April 22/23, 2007. However, there is the possibility that it could become significantly brighter. We will just have to wait and see.
Chart 434 shows the position of Comet Lovejoy in
the wing of
Chart 434 – Comet Lovejoy in
Path of Comet
Lovejoy from to on
It was this same date, May 7, in 2002 that Comet Ikeya-Zhang was between the heel of Hercules and the head of the dragon. The chart below shows that event..
Position of Comet
The reason the two pictures are not seen in the same orientation is because they are from different times of the day – Comet Lovejoy at and Ikeya-Zhang after sunset. The constellations turn in the sky throughout the day and night.
That the two comets were in this position on May 7, five years apart is a very interesting fact.
Below are two articles from Sky & Telescope concerning the upcoming Lyrid Meteor Shower.
April: The Lyrids
“What would spring be without an April shower? The Lyrid meteor shower comes to maximum during the predawn hours of the 23rd. The waxing 6-day-old crescent Moon will be a distraction until it sets soon after , when the Lyrid radiant (near the Hercules-Lyra border, a few degrees southwest of Vega) will be about halfway up the eastern sky. Although the meteor count should increase as the radiant rises, expect only modest activity. Even under a relatively dark sky, an attentive observer can expect a dozen or so Lyrids per hour.”
by Roger W. Sinnott
“The Lyrid meteor shower has been observed for more than 2,000 years; Chinese records say "stars fell like rain" during the shower of 687 BC. But in recent times the Lyrids have generally been weak. They have a brief maximum that lasts for less than a day, and even then only 10 to 20 Lyrids per hour may appear.
But there have been some remarkable
exceptions. In 1982 the rate unexpectedly reached 90 for a single hour, and 180
to 300 for a few minutes. A brief outburst of 100 per hour was also seen in
1922. And on
Use our interactive sky chart to see the appearance of the heavens at , during the peak morning of the Lyrids.
The radiant point of this shower lies between the
bright summer star Vega and the keystone pattern of the constellation Hercules.
The chart is set at 40° north latitude for central
Chart 435 shows the position of the radiant (where
the meteors appear to come from) of the Lyrid Meteor Shower between the
constellations Lyra (praise prepared for the conqueror) and Hercules
the conqueror. These charts are from an
updated version of StarryNight Pro and have some to be desired. However, this is the only version that shows
the radiant of meteor showers. The
Chart 435 – Radiant of the Lyrids Meteor
One week later Comet Lovejoy will pass
close to the radiant of the shower from April 30 to
Chart 436 – Path of Comet Lovejoy from
April 30 to
BIBLICAL ASTRONOMY STAYS IN BUSINESS
My many thanks and gratitude to those who donated funds to Biblical Astronomy this past month. The Biblical Astronomy account was down to $100 in late February after withdrawing $400.00 for the month of March. It costs me a minimum of $400.00 per month to pay loans for equipment and materials, Internet fees, and mailing and printing costs for the newsletter. I received $880.00 in donations from twelve people and about another $500.00 in orders for products from others. It has been a long dry spell over the past 4 months as far as orders go. The Biblical Astronomy account is now at $1,480.00. That will be enough to keep me going through June. Plus I have been invited to do some seminars. Thank you all very much for your words of edification, prayers and support. It would be most difficult to keep this ministry going without you.
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YAHWEH bless you with great abundance in all things pertaining to life and godliness.