Supermoon – Tonight ?

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What is a supermoon?

When the moon is full as it makes its closest pass to Earth, it is known as a supermoon.

Why “closest” pass?

The moon’s orbit around Earth is slightly elliptical, so sometimes it is closer and sometimes farther away from the planet. The average distance between Earth and the moon is 384,500 km but the actual distance varies throughout the year, between 363,396 km and 405,504 km (Figure 1). To be called a supermoon, the moon has to be both at its closest distance from Earth as well as full.

Are supermoons rare?

Not really. One in about every 14 full moons is a supermoon, University of Wisconsin astronomer Jim Lattis told Reuters. By the time 2016 ends, it will have seen three supermoons — on October 16, November 14, December 14.

So what makes Monday’s event so significant?

The fact that it will be the closest in recent memory. On November 14, 2016, the full moon will be 356,508 km from Earth, the closest since January 1948, when it was nearly 47 km closer. There won’t be another such supermoon until 2034, when it will be even closer to Earth, at 356,445 km.

When exactly on Monday?

At 6:23 am EST (11:23 am GMT), which would make it around 4:53 pm IST, or before sunset in most parts of India. Not that it matters, because the size will not look very different after nightfall — or even on the evening after.

How large?

The full moon will appear 14 per cent larger in diameter than when seen at the farthest point (Figure 2). It will also be 30 per cent brighter than the smallest full moon, though only 15% brighter than the average full moon.

Can one afford to miss it?

It would takes an expert eye to distinguish between this supermoon and the next. So if a casual viewer misses it, he or she can make up by viewing the next supermoon, in December. The fact that the differences are so subtle has, in fact, led to some astronomers questioning the fuss about Monday. NASA planetary geologist Noah Petro, on the other hand, told AP, “Ultimately, people should be more geared toward just getting outside and enjoying it.” What counts, he said, is getting people “talking, thinking and caring about the moon”.

 

Compiled from a post on NASA website & AP and Reuters reports
Adapted from: INDIAN EXPRESS

#6 Equinox -Uttarayana and Dakshinayana on the Birth Chart

We know that the Birth chart or the Kundli actually the SKY represented on PAPER.

So lets see how the Sun travels in NORTHERN – UTTARAYANA and SOUTHERN – DAKSHINAYANA in the Birth Chart:

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The Numbers shown here are NOT the House Numbers BUT RASHI – So When the Ascendant is ARIES this is how the UTTARAYANA and the DAKSHINAYANA is represented on the Birth Chart.

Notice:

  1. Sun is actually in Cancer Sign when it is at Tropic of Cancer (Summer Solstice)
  2. When Sun enters Capricorn (10) Uttarayana or Northward Movement of Sun starts.(Tropic of Capricorn)
  3. Transit of Sun from CANCER (4) to SAGITTARIUS (9) Represents Dakshinayana or the Southward Movement of Sun or the Winter/ Fall/ Autumn Season.
  4. Transit of Sun from CAPRICORN (10) to GEMINI (9) Represents Uttarayana or the Northward Movement of Sun or the Summer and Spring Season.

 

ASTROLOGICAL INTERPRETATIONS:

  1. Say you were born when Sun was in Leo..What Can you interpret ASTRONOMICALLY ?
    1. Ok, So You were born when the Sun was in Daskinayana moving from Tropic of Cancer to Equinox.
    2. Being Leo Sign – the month would be around August
  2. All Malefic planets like Mars, Saturn are active during Dakshinayana and Benefic planets are active during Uttarayana. (there is more – but at present lets limit here)

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#5 Equinox – Seasons of Earth

We have racked our brains enough on understanding EQUINOX and SOLSTICE. Lets see it practical application:

Take a look at Diagram:

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Please note the Red marked Sun in diagram is an illustration just to make an understanding.

What to See ?

  1. Lets start at March 20-21 – Vernal Equinox: Sun at / on the equator shining bright.
  2. March as we know represents start of SPRING – SUMMER – effected by growth of Environment: plants.
  3. April and May gets hotter as Sun moves Northwards towards Tropic of Cancer. (NOTE THAT WE ARE REFERRING TO INDIA – OR PLACES ABOVE EQUATOR – AS DURING THIS TIME SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE OF EARTH WILL BE EXPERIENCING DIFFERENT SEASONS and Solstices)
  4. From Equator as  Sun Traverses – Northwards (Uttarayana) reaches up to Highest Excursion  referred to as TROPIC OF CANCER. Sun is now in Rashi of Cancer and shining bright on Tropic of Cancer. Here DAY is the LONGEST. This is the Month of JUNE and referred to as SUMMER SOLSTICE (June 20-22). In India, this is the period of Rains Onset.
  5. In July August – Sun again traverses to south from Tropic of Cancer to Equator
  6. As it reaches Equator – the period of AUTUMNAL EQUINOX starts the beginning of Fall/ Winter in SEPTEMBER.
  7. October and November continues the journey of Sun as seen from earth To Tropic of Capricorn
  8. Sun reaches at TROPIC OF CAPRICORN in December (WINTER SOLSTICE – LONGEST NIGHT in the Northern Hemisphere: Area above equator) and resides in the rashi of CAPRICORN.
  9. JANUARY: While Sun, Still remains in CAPRICORN – and makes its Northern Journey back to Equinox  (Vernal) in JANUARY this marks a Celebration in India Celebrated as KITE FESTIVAL called as UTTARAN marks the UTTARAYANA of the Sun.  
  10. February the Sun continues to move Northwards to reach the Equator in March. (EQUINOX)

A TROPICAL SOLAR YEAR is Movement of Sun from Vernal Equinox to Summer Solstice to Autumnal Equinox to Winter Solstice and Back to Vernal Equinox.

Have a look at few diagrams from the net:

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Note that the SUN Does not move as shown in first diagram – its the earth’s motion that makes the Sun appear to move.

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#4 Equinox – The Complete Picture

Now lets combine – EQUINOX and SOLSTICE.

Have a look at the Diagram:

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What to see in Diagram ? 

  1. Equinox is Sun at Equator. (Happens at March 20-21 and September 22-23)
  2. If Sun moves Northwards – Sun at Equinox is referred to as VERNAL EQUINOX. Happens at March 20-21.
  3. When Sun moves from Vernal Equinox to Tropic of Cancer – It is referred to as Northern Movement – UTTAR-AYANA. (The movement from Tropic of Capricorn to Equinox is also referred to as Uttarayana)
  4. At Tropic of Cancer – It is the longest day – Sun is in the Cancer – happens at June 20-22.
  5. If Sun moves Southwards from equator – Sun at Equinox is referred to as AUTUMNAL EQUINOX. Happens at September 22-23.
  6. When Sun moves from Autumnal Equinox to Tropic of Capricorn – It is referred to as Southward Movement – DAKSHIN-AYANA. (The movement from Tropic of Cancer to Equinox is also referred to as Dakshinayana)
  7. At Tropic of Capricorn – It is the longest Night – Sun is in the Capricorn – happens at December 20-23.
  8. In short any Northern movement of Sun (From Tropic of Capricorn to Equinox to Tropic of Cancer) is referred to as UTTARAYANA and Southward movement of Sun (From Tropic of Cancer to Equinox to Tropic of Capricorn) is referred to as DAKSHINAYANA.

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#3 Equinox – What is Solstice ?

A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year (in June and December) as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. (Source: WIKIPEDIA)

Let’s modify that for simpler understanding and restate it as:

A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year (in June and December) as the Sun reaches its highest (Tropic of Cancer) or lowest (Tropic of Capricorn) excursion relative to the Earth’s equator.

In short, When the Day is longest (not longer) OR the Night is LONGEST (Not longer) is referred to as SOLSTICE.

So what does Summer Solstice Mean ?

It means:

  1. Day is Longest.
  2. Sun is exactly at the overhead or at the level of TROPIC OF CANCER.
  3. It occurs approximately on JUNE 20-22. 
  4. SUN is in Constellation of CANCER and hence the name TROPIC OF CANCER.

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So what does Winter Solstice Mean ?

It means:

  1. Night is Longest.
  2. Sun is exactly at the overhead or at the level of TROPIC OF CAPRICORN.
  3. It occurs approximately on DECEMBER 20-23. 
  4. SUN is in Constellation of CAPRICORN (MAKAR) and hence the name TROPIC OF CAPRICORN.

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In case after reading all this – if you have forgotten about Equinox. Take a look at Diagram Below. Its of the EQUINOX.

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In  the next Blog we will club up both – EQUINOX and SOLSTICE and derive the months and seasons of the year.

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#2 Equinox – Types of Equinox

The 2 types of Equinox we know are: (Read more…)

  1. Vernal Equinox
  2. Autumnal Equinox.

An Equinox in simplest terms is When the Sun is exactly at the level of equator and so the duration of the Day and Night Becomes equal. 

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  1. VERNAL EQUINOX:
    1. It occurs approximately on MARCH 20 or 21 every year.
    2. It marks the beginning of Spring / Summer.
    3. It means the Sun from Here moves to Northern Hemisphere towards Tropic of Cancer
    4. In Sanskrit UTTAR means NORTH and AYANA means MOVEMENT. Hence Northward Movement is Referred to as: UTTARAYANA
    5. At Vernal Equinox Day and Night are of Equal Duration.

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2. AUTUMNAL EQUINOX:

  1. It occurs approximately on SEPTEMBER  22-23 every year.
  2. It marks the beginning of Fall/ Autumn/ Winter.
  3. It means the Sun from Here moves to Southern Hemisphere towards Tropic of Capricorn
  4. In Sanskrit Dakshin means SOUTH and AYANA means MOVEMENT. Hence Southward Movement is Referred to as: DASKHINAYANA
  5. At Autumnal Equinox Day and Night are of Equal Duration.

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NOTE THAT SUN IN EACH OF THE TYPE OF EQUINOX IS STILL AT EQUATOR.

IF FROM EQUATOR IF IT HAPPENS TO MOVE NORTHWARDS – THE POSITION OF SUN AT EQUATOR IS REFERRED TO AS VERNAL EQUINOX. (occurs in March)

IF FROM EQUATOR IF IT HAPPENS TO MOVE SOUTHWARDS – THE POSITION OF SUN AT EQUATOR IS REFERRED TO AS AUTUMNAL EQUINOX. (occurs in September)

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