Do you know the constellations of the Zodiac?

 

How much do you know about astronomy?

Today we have challenging questions about the constellations of the zodiac.

Please get out a clean sheet of paper and a No. 2 pencil and prepare for today’s Astronomy Challenge.

If you find a mistake, please let me know.

You have up to ten minutes to complete the challenge today.

Begin now. Do your best.

  1. According to many astrological sources, the Sun sign for today is Aquarius. In what constellation is the Sun today?

  1. The “first point of Aries” is the point on the celestial sphere marking the vernal equinox, and today is found in the constellation Pisces. 3,900 years ago when the Greeks named this point, in which constellation was it to be found?

  1. Which constellation of the zodiac has no stars brighter than 4th magnitude?

  1. Three thousand years ago, when the noon Sun was lowest in the northern-hemisphere sky (declination 23.5 south) it was in what constellation?

  1. Despite the fact that the Sun spends almost three weeks of November and December in this one large constellation, it is not included as a Sun sign.

  1. In the year 7 B.C,E. there were three different conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn n this constellation. These events are a candidate for the possible “star of Bethlehem.” Interestingly, the zodiac symbol of this constellation later became a symbol of the Christ.

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  1. Name the constellation of the zodiac that is the only one representing a female.

OK, pencils down. Scroll down for directions for checking your answers.

Please read directions below:

Step 1: Please contribute to one of these charities linked below. If you are a winner and contribute, please ask recipient to notify me of the amount so I might match the first $100.

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               Look under “Donate to the Animal Shelter.”

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Look under “You Can Help”

  1. Jo Cline Memorial Endowment

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Step 2: Check your written answers to the answers below. If your answer is correct, give it a check mark.

Step 3: If your answer is wrong, put a small X.

Step 4: If you think my answer is questionable, write yourself a note, do the research and let me know if I’ve erred. Thanks in advance,

You are welcome to play with us during the next live broadcast of

“Let’s talk astronomy” this coming Monday beginning at 8 am eastern US time on Periscope.

Periscope is a live video streaming app for Android and iOS available in the App Store.

On Monday, January 14, 2019, our Astronomy Challenge was about constellations of the zodiac.

The questions are given above, the correct answers and the winners are given below.

Congratulations to all winners and thank-you to all participants.

Play the Astronomy Challenge live on Periscope’s “ Let’s talk astronomy” 8 am (Eastern US time) on Mondays.

Correct Answers……..Periscope Winners:

  1. Sagittarius………………….@MelissaNarcissa: Over the last several thousand years the Earth has wobbled on its axis, a movement called precession. One effect is that the star closest to the north celestial pole changes over tome.   Another effect is that the position of the stars on the celestial sphere, the declination and Right Ascension, has slowly changed with time. While 3 thousand years ago the Sun may have been on Aquarius in January, precession has moved the apparent position of the stars on the celestial sphere.

  1. Aries…………………@speear40 : At this point, the Sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north, marking the Vernal Equinox, Aries is known as he zodiac’s first constellation.

  1. Cancer…………@speear40: Three thousand ago, our Sun was highest in the northern hemisphere sky, the summer solstice, in the Constellation Cancer. That’s why the northern latitude 23.5 degrees is known as the “Tropic of Cancer.”

  1. Capircornus………..@QuantumJohn: That’s why we call that latitude the “Tropic of Capricorn.” Today the Sun is in Sagittarius at the winter solstice.

  1. Ophiuchus……………..@ bizdef: Why wold people superstitious enough to believe in astrology not embrace a 13th constellation of the zodiac?

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  1. Pisces………@WarrenRubin1:   Pisces is the location of a white dwarf star that is visible in an 8 inch telescope. This is very rare. Can you name and locate a few other visible white dwarfs?

  1. Virgo…………………@tiki: Virgo is the largest of the zodiacal constellations and is the site of the northern hemisphere’s autumnal equinox.

Live Periscope viewers indicated that the topic for the Astronomy Challenge on Monday, January 21 will be constellations of the electro-magnetic spectrum.

Thanks goes out to all participants,

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Congratulations to everyone who got one right.


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