just a quick one…
The big moment is almost here, as NASA launches the first of its new series of rockets that will land humans on the Moon, and from there go to Mars – the Artemis Program.
As the Washington Post tells us on August 28:
Note that the payload is the Orion crew capsule, and then note the sky chart for the launch:
The meridian line (the arc from north to zenith to south) as measured from from Cape Canaveral is being transited by Orion, notably the belt stars, and more specifically, the third belt star – Alnitak – the so-called “Great Pyramid Star.”
Artemis Mission artwork has the same “A” motif, explained as such:
The triangular “A” also fits in Orion geometrically, as the stars Saiph, Rigel, and Alnilam form a nearly perfect isosceles triangle:
It might be worth noting here that the NATO treaty was signed in 1949 as the Moon co-culminated with Orion over Washington DC, as I mentioned recently, and used this GIF:
What does NATO have to do with NASA? It must the the ESA, which is a partner in the Artemis Program.
Digging up a blast from the past, my original chart casting for Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind, we find that the moment relocated to Washington DC has some uncanny alignments, notably the Galactic Center on the meridian, Mars conjunct fixed star Graffias (in the head of the Scorpion, part of what I used to call the Masonic Square), and the fixed star Markab (alpha Pegasus) on the ascendant:
As it happens, Markab is touching the western horizon at the moment of Artemis I being launched, showing us that Markab and Alnitak make a local paran at Cape Canaveral, with Neptune no less:
Which brings me to the final chart, a bi-wheel for the final manned departure from the Moon – Apollo 17 – which took place on December 14, 1972, at 5:54 PM EST:
Amazingly, Fortuna (the circumscribed X symbol) makes precise interradix conjunctions with Neptune and Uranus. Did I forget to mention that the Dark Moon is still within a degree of Sirius for this launch? It looks like the ritual alignments are all set, and I look forward to the crewed missions.