This Is Not The Centre Of The Universe…

Lovewillbringustogether - Jupiter in Scorpio
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… But Jupiter is seen here very close to the visible position of the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way! (marked with a red star shape). That point marks the direction you would head in if you wanted to find the massive Black Hole around which all stars in our galaxy orbit.

Jupiter is said to be transiting Scorpio at this point in time but it is more accurately located in the constellation Ophiuchus, sometimes called the 13th constellation of the zodiac. The 3 bright stars to the right of Jupiter (the brightest object in this photograph) are all in Ophiuchus, the Serpent-bearer, as is Jupiter currently.

The red ‘star’ marking the centre of our Milky Way galaxy is located within the sign of Sagittarius, the Archer, which some might associate more with a grouping of stars called the Teapot. The Teapot can be seen here to the left of Jupiter and is standing on it’s ‘handle’, while Scorpio with it’s well recognised sting in it’s curly ‘tail’ lies horizontally above Jupiter. Libra has two of it’s stars showing in the top left.

If you look closely you can see a very dark inky blackness in the bottom left of the photo – that’s a tree blocking out the starlight! 🙂

A couple of weeks ago i posted a video of Jupiter and it’s moons travelling across the clear night sky (here). In the video below you can compare how the moons have changed position over the last 2 weeks. Owing to the different sizes and surface composition each moon has a slightly different brightness and you can figure out which moons have moved where. 🙂

Jupiter is currently around 600 million kms from Earth! (400 million miles).

I reckon the most faint moon is the closest to Jupiter and the brightest is the one furthest away

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    • Neither of them marry up all thatwell with actual Astronomy – the sun spends about 4 times longer in Ophiuchus that it does in the ‘Sun’ sign Scorpio, but Scorpio is easier to spot and has more ‘pizzazz’ so it gets the nod. 😉
      Pretty much, Alnasi is the bright white blob closest to the red star marking Galactic Centre in the picture at top!

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      • I read that, too…about Ophiuchus. At the time, I was quite surprised that Tropical astrologers just acted (and still do) like it doesn’t exist. I have a friend in Manchester, UK, that has been studying astrology for 30+ years (just an amateur). When I posed the ‘Why’ to him, he claimed that Tropical astrology still worked for people in charts because of our incarnations on Earth. Go figure. It made sense to him or…helped to justify his 30+ years in Tropical. He did many charts on me and I always pointed out to him what my Sidereal sign was. Made him crazy.

        Sometimes, when folks are exposed to new information that shakes up their long-held beliefs, it’s like trying to dig stumps out of the ground.

        I have a Sidereal Time app & a Heavens Above app on my phone. I’ve tracked the ISS and watched it fly by. And, I like to do giveaways as the Galactic center rises (low, on our horizon)…unless it’s the time of year when I am asleep. 😉😁

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