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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Interesting, their value is between mine and StarryNight's. So with that value Vega would have shown down the shaft for a longer time, but not exactly to the middle of the shaft, although pretty close. The book they reference is from 1998. It looks like a good book, but they probably use an approximate method similar to what StarryNight used. It will be interesting to see what StarryNight com
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Ogygos, There are no typos in my post, which is a copy of my message to StarryNight Pro. The important relevant value is the culminating declination. As I wrote: I calculate Vega culminating North at declination 86.54 degrees. Starry Night Pro (6.4.3) shows Vega culminating North at 86.2407 degrees. What does this jgiesen tool show for the culminating declination? How does this tool make the
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
For those interested in accurate, very ancient, astro-coordinates, this just in from Starry Night Pro. It looks like Starry Night's software fix is delayed... ____________________________________________________________ Hi Marko, Is there any progress on the precession calculation fix? Best Regards, -Thomas ____________________________________________________________ ... Keiron Smith,
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Thanks Graham, I did enjoy it again. Wishing you a speedy recovery from surgery. Best Wishes, -Thomas
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
That looks like the discrepancy amount that the NASA code, that Starry Night uses, was talking about. So I think Stellarium is the one that is further from reality. This Stellarium bugs discussion site says they use a "linear model" for prcession... "No i think besides deltaT the biggest problem is the linear precession model in Planet::computeTransMatrix causing also wrong obliq
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Really though, thanks all for participating (even if only lurking) in my AoM. To recap very briefly, I learned some things from several people, and some of those things are very relevant to a revision of the Christmas Code, that I am actually working on -- thanks! And, after prodding, a number of people downloaded a free book, and one so far has put a review on Amazon which is appreciated. And
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Hi Ogygos, Re: "Does this mean that a star's declination for instance that of Vega at 8000 BC can be off by a whopping 2.6 degrees?" --No, I don't think that much off. What that table is doing, is comparing the polynomial expansion methods, taken out to differing extents (T**10 instead of T**6), so the long times have much bigger errors. I think the early versions of Starry Night were
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
This just in from Starry Night staff... Hello Thomas, I apologize for the confusion. The intention of posting the question in General Astronomy (Which should really be called "General Astronomy as it relates to Starry Night") was to attract the attention of our staff browsing the forums and to make the answer available to all of our users (as it seemed to me that you may have stumbled
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Dubai/Abu Dhabi? ... or Australia/New Zealand? whichever, have fun:-)
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Hello Shando, Yes certainly like to have a review of BG too. BG has enough reviews already on Amazon that you can't hurt its average much, LOL. Actually also, probably one of the more sales-generating reviews of BG was the 3-star by David Campbell, which I think he did after we were Authors of the month here for BG. Some discriminating Amazon book-readers, the kind who really buy and read a l
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Well, Djedefre's Pyramid at Abu Rawash was on a hill elevated above Giza I think. And it is essentially completely gone, as Djedefre's Pyramid was used as a quarry to build modern Cairo for centuries during the Islamic era. Bauval, in his book before we did Black Genesis ("The Egypt Code") has an interesting theory on the important role of the location of Abu Rawash ... (OK, there's
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
No problem. Not really mistake, Kheruef was scribe or vizier to Amenhotep III right?
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Cool! Thanks, lover, for posting the image from Amenhotep III tomb. ...Another example of one of the many things I love about studying Ancient Egypt -- there seems to be no end to intriguing new stuff. The Djed glyph has been a fascination for me, because it is clearly one of the most ancient and also of course featured in the name of one of the most important and most mysterious Old Kingdom k
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
lover, Well that is interesting -- where is that Djed-raising drawing from? Are the ropes actually in the original?
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Well, kind of a lukewarm review, but not bad, I asked for it. Thanks, -Thomas
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
The History Channel series "The Bible" new episode "Hope" (original air March 17, 2013): briefly covers the Magi-Herod-star story. They make an entertaining show of it, but take too much "poetic license" too far afield from the actual Matthew story so far that it is a bit misleading. A good aspect of their show is that, leading up to it, there are sort of hints t
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Re: "...its difficult for me to consider them a coincidence due to incorrect (I mean to a large degree) calculation on the part of SN." --I don't follow what you mean. The different passageway measures you quote span a range of 0.38 degrees. My difference with Starry Night's obliquity calculation circa 12,000 BC is less than 0.3 degrees. Also as I explained in another post, the shaft
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Thunderbird and loveritas: Earth's obliquity is always changing. It is not a fixed constant value. The astrophysical literature contains mathematical models that can be used to calculate our best available determination of what Earth's obliquity was in the past. There has actually been a significant amount of interest in, and accurate determination of, that in recent decades because it is impo
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Well, deva-lights, if they exist, don't really fit the Nativity stars of Matthew. The first star phenomenon in Matthew was something the Magoi measured and/or intuited in distant Parthia, in the East. It gave the Magoi information about time, but little or no information about location. The Magoi deduced the location was somewhere around Jerusalem, on ethnographic grounds, because the child-ki
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Hi, Thanks for posting the whole again. What I started to comment on before was this passage, "Therefore I wondered: Why are those two dressed up like Sai Baba devotees if they don’t think these kinds of things are possible here? Isn’t Sai Baba supposed to be a man of miracles? The power of their reaction, or at least that of the guy I talked to, seemed to directly contradict their chosen a
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Starry Night Pro, nor thier "subject matter expert" community, has answered my question on how they calculate the ancient Earth's pole. So I just posted the following follow-up question on their forum ... see the thread here <; Hi All, Here is a further clarification of my question: My version of Starry Night Pro (6.4.3) shows Vega culminating North at a declination of 86.2407
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Hi MG, I was drafting a two-part reply to this post which I had read a few hours ago, but in mid-drafting I realized that the relevant parts of your post to my second point had been removed by editing. I think the removed parts of your post had to do with other ashram members and the idea that they should by default consider the lights might be miraculous, because of the location -- Sai Baba's a
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Hi Ogygos: Re: "But I have to say that these past days while working on my book, I have found some relation that might link Acrux with Pisces so you might have something there. It does not contradict with my theory since it seems to be a symbolic one and not an exact astronomic alignment. ..." --Cool, well what is your link of Acrux with Pisces? In Christmas Code, the idea was the Mag
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Thanks, I'd like to see the passage. Is your book available on amazon? I may see Robert B. in August, but not before. I too was fascinated with SB in the early 90's.
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
I will consider your other points soon also. But your story about the devas at the ashram is very intriguing. How many years ago was that? You write "It took me about ten minutes to determine that they were not actual stars." What was it about their presentation that made it clear they were not stars? Did you consider possible prosaic explanations, like lights hanging in the banyan
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
MGrant thanks again for your goood comments. Further regarding "consider other celestial premises, such as the ones introduced by Loveritas and Ogygos" ... Specifically Loveritas' model ... I did not catch that Loveritas presentaed any interpretation for the two celestial phenomena described in Matthew -- if I missed it, please point me there. I understood that he was inquiring about t
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Thanks MGrant for your goood comments. I would like to zero in on one or two of your points. Regarding "consider other celestial premises, such as the ones introduced by Loveritas and Ogygos" ... Specifically Ogygos' model, I would like to follow up on that. The main point I remember is that Ogygos said his model depended on the notion that the Christmas star had to be at or near zen
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Hi Shando, I recommend BG first ... it went through the whole traditional publishing/editing process and so is an easier read, and is more recent, and of course RB adds an additional whole set of good and interesting perspectives.
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
Thanks for all your replies Dr. Lew. However, I want to project a view to posters here that I am happy for all questions and comments, so no need to hold back...
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6 years ago
Thomas Brophy
The free days were available to the general public. Most of the downloads may well have been to people not on this board. People like free books. It was interesting to see the huge difference in download rates from very cheap ($3.95 Starbucks) to free.
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