Tonight the Tauride Meteor Showers Put on Big Show Plus Is Jesus Really Pisces?
By Elaine Meinel Supkis
Tonight, the Tauride Meteor showers begin in ernest. Already, Germany and Alaska have reported spectacular fireballs and flashes. This time, we pass right through the debrie trail of comet Enke.
Discovery of Pisces/Jesus mosaic in Mediggo, Israel, reminds us that religions are all really about star constellations.
Meteor showers, mistakenly known as shooting stars, occur when Earth's atmosphere collides with space debris, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.The stormfront just blasted past us and 3am, the best viewing hours, I hope the sky will be cleared up again. Lots of lightning tonight but only briefly for the storm was moving very fast.
Often, it's debris that has come loose from a comet's body after some of the comet's ice has evaporated during its passage around the sun, said John Chappelow, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute.
The dust particles are usually tiny, sometimes microscopic, although they can be the size of large rocks. No matter the particle size, the chemical reaction produces a blaze of light and sometimes vivid colors.
Regular meteor showers, such as the Taurids, Leonids and Perseids, are named for the constellations from which they appear to emerge.
The Taurids arrive in late October and early November off the comet Encke, discovered in 1786.
This year's Taurids, whose weeklong peak of meteor activity NASA said would start today, were expected to be brighter and more frequent than usual, Chappelow said.
It is easy to see where these light flashes will be coming for Orion is one of the Great Constellations. Like the Big Bear (the Wain), it is one of the first constellations a child can recognize. It is also one of the oldest star clusters.
My sketch of the ivory fragment. The figure's carved surface has been broken off so only the outline of the figure remains.
From the BBC:
The oldest image of a star pattern, that of the famous constellation of Orion, has been recognised on an ivory tablet some 32,500 years old.Here is a starmap I drew showing how to find Taurus in relations to Orion:
The tiny sliver of mammoth tusk contains a carving of a man-like figure with arms and legs outstretched in the same pose as the stars of Orion.
The claim is made by Dr Michael Rappenglueck, formerly of the University of Munich, who is already renowned for his pioneering work locating star charts painted on the walls of prehistoric caves.
The tablet also contains mysterious notches, carved on its sides and on its back. These could be a primitive "pregnancy calendar", designed to estimate when a pregnant woman will give birth.
Also in the news is something amusing to me: From the BBC:
Israeli officials say they have discovered what may be the oldest Christian Church in the Holy Land - on the site of a maximum security prison.A cold chill, no? But look at the "religious art" they uncovered!
Israel's Antiquities Authority said the church at the Megiddo jail dated back to the third or fourth century AD and was "a once in a lifetime find".
It contained a mosaic bearing the name of Jesus Christ in ancient Greek, fish murals and an altar, officials said.
The dig took place near the biblical site of Armageddon in northern Israel.
Christians come up with all kinds of explanations about the Jesus/fish business. But here it is, the very earliest rendition of art connected with the name of Jesus is...Pisces! For you see, his significance is entirely about being the TWO fishes. The sacrifical lamb is the death of Aries and the rebirth is the double fish! Jesus.
Which means, of course, that Jesus's stars are falling further and further below the horizon on Easter morn and soon will no longer be seen at all. Finis. Gone for another 23,000 years. But sturdy Orion always rises. Except long ago, he rose in an entirely different season from the one we associate him with: winter. He was much more a fertility guy in the distant, cold past.
And Taurus, the paintings of those prominent horns are very ancient indeed. One suspects the battle between Orion and the Auroch has been raging for many thousands of years. Too many to count.
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