The first picture below, True Balance, I found years ago..... Actually wrote a blog about it. Sorry, I can't make it Bigger!
With Earth changes, Magnetics, and the Sun, ECT >>>> all that is going on now, I have resurfaced it:)
Explains alot, at least to me, and hope it will for some of you ! tried repeatedly to add this in a comment
on Karen's blog last night,,,but it wouldn't paste. Happened again tonite with some pictures. You Can Seach Images to
find the constellations, and Anything you are drawn to ! and remember too, its very possible these reference points can shift as Earth does....
get familiar now so you will notice any subtle or big changes.
So here it is, as well as alot of ideas and information to help REORIENT US Here On EARTH, Among ALL THAT IS *:)
Somewhat abstract I know, yet take it in, and see what comes to you ....
For a try ,GROUND and Connect with Mother Earth, then ASK, Command and aim a 23.5 arc, wave.... up from the Crown to connect and communicate
to Your Highest Consciousness*
Direct into heart, and see where your third eye/mind takes you *:) as always, with All my love, Annie
Stars & Constellations 360 Degree Rotation Around Polaris
Two bright constellations occupy opposite sides of the pole star--the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia. As the celestial sphere rotates (or appears to rotate), these constellations also march in circles around the pole . Depending on the hour of the night and the day of the year, one or the other may be low near the horizon where it is barely seen, or even hidden below the horizon. But when that happens the other constellation is sure to be high in the sky, where (weather permitting) it is easily seen.
The Big Dipper
The Big Dipper consists of 7 bright stars, forming a dipper, a small pot with a long handle. In England it is often called "the plough" (spelled "plow" in the US), and fugitive slaves before the Civil War knew it as "the drinking gourd", a signpost in the sky pointing the way north to safety, to Canada where slavery was outlawed. Astronomers name it "Ursa Major," Latin for "the big she-bear," and some other languages also refer to it as the Big Bear. In Greek, bear is "Arktos", and hence the far-north region where this constellation is usually overhead became known as "the Arctic."
When the territory of Alaska in 1926 decided to create a flag of its own, it asked citizens to submit proposed designs for the new flag. The winning design was that of Benny Benson, age 13, and is reproduced on the right (more about him--see below). It shows the 7 stars of the Big Dipper and Polaris, the north star. When Alaska became a state, this became the state flag, and Alaska's Flag, a song about it by Marie Drake, was chosen as the state song. For more details, click here.
Cassiopeia was a queen in Greek mythology, and the constellation named for her is shaped like the letter W. Polaris is above the first "V" of this letter. If you draw a line dividing the angle of that "V" in half and continue along it, you will reach the vicinity of Polaris.
The name of Cassiopeia's husband, King Cepheus, goes with a nearby constellation, above the other "V" (the brighter one), but Cepheus is nowhere as striking as Cassiopeia. Her daughter Andromeda has another constellation, framed by a big undistinguished rectangle of four stars. An unremarkable constellation to the eye--but it contains a large galaxy, our nearest neighbor in space (not counting two dwarf galaxies in the southern sky), one which seems to resemble ours in size and shape.
Ursa Minor, the "Small Bear" or "Little Dipper" is a constellation somewhat resembling the Big Dipper, and Polaris is the last star in its tail. The "dipper" itself faces the tail of the Big Dipper, so that the two "tails" (or "handles") point in opposite directions. The two front stars of the "little dipper" (quite smaller and more square than the big one) are fairly bright, but other stars are rather dim and require good eyes and a dark sky.
Crash Course in Basic Night Sky Observing: Day 2
How The Sky Moves
Look up on a clear night and you’ll notice the sky looks like a vast hemispherical dome with stars fixed to its inner surface. If the Earth were transparent, you would see the stars on the other half of this starry dome, below your feet, and you’d get the impression you were standing at the center of a velvety-black sphere speckled with stars. Astronomers call this the celestial sphere.
As you know, the Earth spins in space, rotating once a day on its axis. But from an observer’s point of view, the Earth appears to remain still while the celestial sphere seems to rotate once a day about an axis that runs from the north celestial pole (NCP) to the south celestial pole (SCP), which are imaginary points above the Earth’s north and south poles. So all the stars, planets, moon, and sun on the celestial sphere also appear to move all the way around the sky once each day, rising in the east and setting in the west.
That North Star, Polaris, lies very near the rotation axis of the celestial sphere, right about the Earth’s north pole. Since it’s almost right on the north celestial pole, Polaris appears to stay fixed nearly fixed in the sky all night, and all year. Any other star on the celestial sphere south of Polaris rotates in circles of increasing diameter about the rotation axis.
Stars above the Earth’s equator trace out the circles with the largest diameter during their daily motion across the celestial sphere. And south of the equator, stars trace out circles with smaller apparent diameters as they lie closer to the south celestial pole. By chance, there is no bright star… no “Southern Star” that corresponds to Polaris… at the south celestial pole. This picture will give you a better idea of how the celestial sphere appears to rotate.
Like the stars and planets, the Sun also appears to move on the celestial sphere. If you measure the time when the sun is highest in the sky, you will find it takes exactly 24 hours for the sun to move all the way around the celestial sphere and return to its highest point. In fact, that’s how we define a “day”, or what astronomers formally call a Solar day.
It’s a little different with stars. If you go out at night and select a star to observe, and measured its position on the celestial sphere, you will find it takes 24 hours to move all the way around the sky and get back to the same spot.
Well, almost 24 hours.
You see, if you measure accurately, you’ll find it takes only 23 hours and 56 minutes for a star to get back to the same position in the sky as it was the night before
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Polaris as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope.
In more recent history it was referenced in Nathaniel Bowditch's 1802 book, The American Practical Navigator,
where it is listed as one of the navigational stars. At present, Polaris is 0.7° away from the pole of rotation
(1.4 times the Moon disc) and hence revolves around the pole in a small circle 1½° in diameter.
Only twice during every sidereal day does Polaris accurately define the true north azimuth;
the rest of the time it is only an approximation and must be corrected using tables or a rough rule of thumb.
The best approximation was made using the leading edge of the constellation Ursa Major as a point of reference.
The leading edge (consisting of the star Dubhe) is referenced to a clock face and the azimuth of Polaris worked out for different latitudes.
my note: 13:00 being the Clearest Communication..... Sidereal Time Clock : www.jgiesen.de/astro/astroJS/siderealClock/
Polaris is at the zenith at the North Pole while stars we associate with all the different seasons like Orion (far right),
Leo and the Summer Triangle are always visible and never set. They cycle round and round the North Star.
It is the brightest star in the Little Dipper, but that isn't saying much since the Little Dipper is a much fainter
counterpart of its bigger brother, the Big Dipper.
The reason Polaris is important is because it is so close to the NCP(North Celestial Pole). As the night progresses,
Polaris does not rise or set, but seems to be glued to the sky!
So at any time in the night you can find Polaris, and it is always in the North.
If you get lost, you can always figure out your direction by finding Polaris
(provided that you are in the Earth's northern hemisphere!).
Now remember, there is a South Celestial Pole as well.
It lies in the constellation called Octans, and the nearest star to it is a a very faint 5th magnitude star,
which is near the limit of the human eye to see unaided. Note that stars near the two celestial poles will make little circles around the pole as the Earth spins.
The farther you get from the poles, the bigger the circle. At some point, the circle will be big enough
so that it just touches your horizon. Stars inside that circle are said to be circumpolar,
and they never set! They just seem to circle the pole endlessly.
Note that the stars you see as circumpolar depend on your latitude. If you were at the North Pole,
all the stars you can see in the sky are circumpolar, but at the equator, no stars are!
At the equator, both celestial poles lie on the horizon, and all the stars in the sky rise and set.
One more thing: have you ever watched a top spin, and seen it wobble?
The wobble is due to a force called torque, which is like a twisting pull.
When torque is applied to a spinning object, the spin axis will precess,
or make a little circle as the top spins. Well, the same thing is happening to the Earth!
The gravity of the Moon and Sun provides a torque on the Earth,causing the axis to wobble.
The Earth's axis takes 26,000 years to make a complete circle,
and as it moves it points to different parts of the sky.
It just so happens that right now it is pointing near Polaris
(actually, Polaris is about a degree away from the actual North Celestial Pole).
In a few thousand years, the Earth's pole will be pointed at the bright star Vega,
which is one of the ten brightest stars in the sky.