The Storyteller's Night Sky

by Mary Stewart Adams

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* Moon sweeps over Regulus at August 2017 eclipse spot

May 21, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

On May 21, 2018, we will be nine months away from the Great American Total Solar Eclipse of August, 2017 (shown above), and the Moon, which totally eclipsed the Sun near the star Regulus then will be seen tonight, May 21st, in the same spot, occulting the star Regulus at the heart of the Lion (at right).

This image from shows how the Moon and Regulus will appear May 21st, 2018, exactly nine months to the day after the New Moon in this same spot totally eclipsed the Sun.

In most ancient cultures, the nine-month rhythm of human gestation is deeply rooted in the waxing and waning and eclipsing rhythms of the Moon. What comes to birth for us now?

Follow this link for a description of Nicolas Lefaudeux’ beautiful image (above) of the Sun’s corona from the August 2017 total solar eclipse, for imagining when you go out to catch the waxing Moon in the same spot Monday, May 21st, about an hour after sunset.


May 21, 2018
10:00 pm
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