A view of the heavens from above in real time showing the current Earth-Sun-Mercury alignment. A daily event warning is displayed each day and a huge variety of functions are available.
If you have a deep interest in the stars and celestial goings on in general then Starrynight is the software package for you. I have not been using it for long but have been familiar with it for a number of years since I bought my first goto telescope the Meade ETX 100. Now you can buy the starrynight software online but if you are crafty enough there are ways around forking out the cash.
One way might be to go to this page here:
Follow the instructions for installing the software that have been left in the comments section. If you have a reasonably fast machine the install should work perfectly. You will need to go http://www.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/announcements.php and download the daemon lite package for mounting virtual drives.
So download it via utorrent or some other download client from the linked to page above.
Then follow the instructions for installing that have been left in the comments section. Don't mind the naysayers it works perfectly. There is a step by step 14 point guide and it is correct.
For those of you who, like me, admire and take an interest in the work of Goroadachi you will find this to be an eye opening piece of kit to add to the arsenal of information gathering tech which you no doubt already possess.
Here is some information included with the package on the subject of the Zodiac...I just thought I would include it here as it contains some rather pertinent facts on the subject of synchronization...
"The twelve constellations through which the ecliptic passes form the Zodiac. The name is derived from the Greek term zodiakos kyklos meaning “circle of animals”, and comes from the fact that most of these constellations are named for animals, such as Leo the lion, Taurus the bull, and Cancer the crab. These names, readily identifiable on sky charts, are very familiar to the millions of people who read the daily horoscope in their newspaper, although many of them would probably be hard pressed to find them in the sky."
"If we could see the stars in the daytime, we would see the Sun slowly wander from one constellation of the Zodiac to the next, making one complete circle around the sky each year. Ancient astrologers were able to figure out where the Sun was in the Zodiac by noting the last constellation of the Zodiac to rise ahead of the Sun, or the first to set after it. Obviously, the Sun had to be somewhere in between. In this way, for each month a specific constellation was conferred the title House of the Sun, and in this manner each month-long period of the year was given its own sign in the Zodiac."
"Interestingly, the sign assigned to a given month in our modern horoscopes is not where the Sun actually is in that particular month, but where it would have been thousands of years ago! This loss of synchronization is due to the wobble in the Earth’s axis known as precession, which slowly changes the location in the sky to which the Earth’s north pole points and so also changes the relative positions of all the stars. In spite of this, today’s astrologers—who believe that the Sun, Moon, and planets mysteriously direct our lives—continue to adhere to star positions that for all intents and purposes are out of date by thousands of years."
"The ecliptic also passes through a thirteenth constellation, Ophiuchus, which is not included among the signs of the Zodiac. In fact, the Sun spends more time traversing Ophiuchus than nearby Scorpius. During 2003 for example, the Sun technically resided in Scorpius for less than a week: from November 23-29. It then moved into Ophiuchus on November 30 and remained within its boundaries for more than two weeks, until December 17. Yet the venerable Serpent Bearer is not considered a member of the Zodiac and so must defer to Scorpius."
"Also, since astrology interprets the positions of the Moon and planets in relation to the constellations of the Zodiac, it’s important to know that the orientation of their orbits relative to the ecliptic allows them to sometimes appear within the boundaries of constellations entirely outside the Zodiac. For instance, from May 15 through June 5 of 2003, the planet Saturn was well within the boundaries of Orion, passing across the Hunter’s club. Other constellations that can be visited by the Moon and planets include Auriga the Charioteer, Cetus the Whale, and Sextans the Sextant."
The software also allows you to look at the Precession of the stars as viewed from the Earth so that you can check up on all those little statements (that are often taken as FACT)from the likes of Mr Bauval, Mr Hoagland and Mr Hanncock for yourself. You may find errors Big ERRORS so be warned.
"The signs of the Zodiac are counted eastward along the ecliptic (the plane of the planets) from the vernal equinox. The vernal equinox marks the first day of spring and occurs at the intersection of the ecliptic and the celestial equator. The vernal equinox also marks the zero point of the Zodiac."
"Around 600 BC, when this system was set up, the zero point was in Aries and was called the “first point of Aries.” The constellation Aries encompassed the first 30 degrees of the ecliptic; from 30 to 60 degrees was Taurus; from 60 to 90 degrees was Gemini; and so on for all twelve constellations of the Zodiac."
"But long before the ancients did their measuring, the Earth has been wobbling slowly around its axis in a 25,800-year cycle. This wobble—called precession—is caused by the gravitational attraction of the Moon on Earth’s equatorial bulge."
"Over the past two-and-a-half millennia, this wobble has been sufficient to cause the intersection point between the celestial equator and the ecliptic to move west along that ecliptic by 36 degrees, or almost exactly one-tenth of the way around. Which means that since astrologers started casting horoscopes based on this system, the signs have slipped one-tenth—or almost one whole month—of the way around the sky to the west, relative to the stars beyond."
"Your morning newspaper horoscope ignores precession. If you were born between March 21 and April 19, your astrological sign is said to be Aries. But this was only true for a while, back when the system was set up in 600 BC. Today, the Sun is no longer within the constellation of Aries during much of that period. From March 11 to April 18, the Sun is actually in the constellation of Pisces!"