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Shaula. Sabik. 2016

Shaula. Sabik

Shaula. Sabik

Sabik and Shaula have similar ecliptic longitudes but are far from the ecliptic north and south. The line connecting these two stars crosses the ecliptic 261 degrees east of the Vernal Equinox. Sabik is a medium bright star in the constellation Ophiuchus. For about 19 days the ecliptic passes through Ophiuchus, whereas only 5 days for Scorpius. In reality the zodiac is 13 constellations. Shaula is one of the bright stars in the stinger of the scorpion.


Bright orange-red heart of The Scorpion.                                                             Magnitude 0.96. Luminosity -5.8.                                                                                       604 light years distant.                                                                                                           250 degrees east of Vernal Equinox. 20 degrees west of Winter Solstice

Antares .2016


Zuben el-Genubi

The western and more southern of the pair of bright stars of Libra.

Blue-white. Magnitude 2.75.  77 light years away.

The name is a derivation of the Arabic ,”southern claw” as it used to be considered part of the constellation The Scorpion.

It is 225 degrees east of the Vernal Equinox.

Zuben el-Genubi. 2016

Zuben el-Genubi



Correction: Date of next week’s full moon.


The second brightest star in the constellation Leo. Magnitude 2.14. Luminosity 1.9. About 40 light years away. A white star. 172 degrees east of the Vernal Equinox, very close to the Autumnal Equinox.

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