Movement of the Moon and Planets - Part II
- Wednesday, June 23, 2004
In any event, God nevertheless made the stars. And as we look at His celestial creation, we can agree that, "The heavens declare the glory of God." (Psalm 19:1) So as we look to sky we need not be troubled by the false superstitious relics of heathen antiquity that sadly persist into the world of today. But the traditional zodiac stars can provide a convenient "road map" to understanding the motions of the Sun, Moon and planets.
In the late Winter and early Spring for the next several years, the bright planets Jupiter and Saturn can be seen in the evening sky. When the Moon is in conjunction with these planets, we can get a sense of looking out into space, over the edge of the solar system. Also, such conjunctions can be a useful tool for helping us to spot the planets and learn the constellations of the zodiac. And learning the zodiac is an important step towards understanding and appreciating "the clockwork of the heavens," the remarkable celestial order that the LORD has ordained.
Anyway, these are things I never learned in school. And yet, these are things which had been understood by simple folk and almanack readers for centuries prior to our "modern times." And the celestial creation can still be learned and observed today, and taught to our homeschooled children.
Jay Ryan is the author of "The Classical Astronomy Update," a free e-mail newsletter for helping Christian homeschool families learn more about events in the starry sky. If you would like to receive the Update, please drop Jay an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Classical Astronomy web site – www.ClassicalAstronomy.com
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