Friday Tweet~ Our local meridian here in S.F. is aligned with the Galactic Center as the Sun enters Sagittarius on Nov. 21. Midheaven = 26.42 Sagittarius.
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>The Galactic Center
The widespread notion that the 2012 Winter Solstice Sun will align with the Galactic Center is somewhat misleading. But the Winter Solstice point has been roughly aligning with the Galactic Equator- the equator of the Milky Way galaxy, for decades now. According to master astronomer Jean Meeus the exact alignment occurred in May 1998. The Galactic Center is located at the center of the Milky Way, in the direction of the constellations Sagittarius, Ophiuchus, and Scorpius. It was believed and recently proven, that there's a supermassive black hole at the Galactic Center of our galaxy, on the order of 4 million solar masses.
One might think of the Galactic Center as the Sun around which our Sun orbits, and the probable source of most of the gravitational energy present in our galaxy. Two years after the discovery of Pluto in 1930, Karl Jansky, a Bell Telephone Laboratories engineer, found that a partial source of static affecting overseas telephone lines, came from the center of our Milky Way Galaxy at 26 degrees of Sagittarius. And then in the late 60's, astronomers finally honed in on the GC (Galactic Center) with radio and infrared instruments. They were amazed by the immense energies radiating from this source at many frequencies. According to Michael and Margaret Erlewine, energy emerges from the GC over 2 entire degrees of longitude near the last degrees of Sagittarius (See->Astrophysical Directions).
Because of the phenomena known as the precession of the equinoxes, caused by a subtle wobble in the earth's rotational axis, the Galactic Center, solstices, equinoxes, and fixed stars move forward about one degree of longitude every 72 years. Therefore, the Galactic Center is currently located at 27 degrees of Sagittarius (sign not constellation).
>Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party
Time lapse video of night sky as it passes over the 2009 Texas Star Party in Fort Davis, Texas-> The galactic core of Milky Way is brightly displayed. VIMEO