Astronomy- The Zodiac Constellations
Updated: Feb 21, 2019
How often do you take a moment to gaze up at the sky or even go out of the way to venture into darkness to be mesmerized and bare witness- observe, which is a privilege in itself, the vast #Universe of which we only get to witness the tiniest fraction. This visible fraction of the larger universe makes you realize how #minuscule things really are, including you, yourself.
The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; but, the illusion of knowledge. ―Stephen Hawking
As the Earth rotates, the sun, the moon and planets travel on a set path through the sky known as the ecliptic plane. The list of 13 constellations they pass through are known as the stars of the zodiac. (Space.com)
The ecliptic plane is defined as the imaginary plane containing the Earth's orbit around the sun. In the course of a year, the sun's apparent path through the sky lies in this plane. The planetary bodies of our solar system all tend to lie near this plane, since they were formed from the sun's spinning, flattened, proto-planetary disk. (nasa.gov)
In #Astronomy the #Zodiac #Constellations- #13 in total - are significant in that they are the zones/regions along the #sky which the #planets of our #solar #system- the #sun and #moon as well, travel along their elliptical path- a band 16 degrees wide, 8 degs on either side of the #ecliptic plane- their relative position to us changes due to #Earths 23.45 degree tilt.
The #zodiacs in #Astrology, well astrology is a relic of the #ancient #world much like how Harry Potter has begun to become a relic of the early 2000s and Tom and Jerry is a relic of the 90s. It bares significance as it gives us a sense of illusive comfort. PS the Big Dipper is not a #constellation but falls within one- any guesses as to which one?
Let us direct our curiosities and concerns to understanding ourselves and the larger world, universe we are part of. Let us not well in our asinine delusions of knowledge but rather make a genuine effort to learn and grow as individuals instead of chasing conformity, convenience.
For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. ― Carl Sagan