February 3: Conjunction of the Moon and the star Spica

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February 3: Conjunction of the Moon and the star Spica

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Today, February 3, 2021, the phenomenon of the Conjunction of the Moon and the star Spica of the constellation Virgo will be occurring.

This phenomenon will be visible during the early morning of the 3rd and will have a maximum approach at 06:00 UTC. The magnitude of the star Spica will be +1.0.

Moon:

The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth. With an equatorial diameter of 3476 km, it is the fifth largest satellite in the solar system, while in terms of proportional size with respect to its planet it is the largest satellite: a quarter of the diameter of the Earth and 1/81 of its mass. After Io, it is also the second densest satellite. It is in synchronous relationship with the Earth, always showing the same face towards the planet. The visible hemisphere is marked with dark lunar seas of volcanic origin between the bright ancient mountains and the prominent astroblems.

Despite apparently being the brightest object in the sky after the Sun, its surface is actually very dark, with a reflection similar to that of coal. Its prominence in the sky and its regular cycle of phases have made the Moon an object with an important cultural influence since ancient times in language, calendar, art or mythology. The gravitational influence of the Moon produces the tides and increases the length of the day. The orbital distance of the Moon, about thirty times the diameter of the Earth, makes it appear in the sky the same size as the Sun and allows the Moon to exactly cover the Sun in total solar eclipses.

The Moon is the only celestial body in which the human being has made a manned descent. Although the Soviet Union’s Moon program was the first to reach the Moon with an unmanned spacecraft, the United States’ Apollo program conducted the only manned missions to the Earth satellite to date, beginning with the first manned lunar orbit by Apollo. 8 in 1968, and six manned lunar landings between 1969 and 1972, the first being Apollo 11 in 1969, and the last being Apollo 17. These missions returned with more than 380 kg of lunar rock, which have allowed a detailed geological understanding of the origins of the Moon (it is believed that it formed 4.5 billion years ago after a great impact), the formation of its internal structure and its subsequent history.

In 1970, the Soviet Union put the first robotic vehicle controlled from the ground on the surface: Lunojod 1. The rover was sending photographs and videos of the surface that it traveled (10 km) for almost a year.

Since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, it has been visited only by unmanned space probes, in particular by the Soviet spacecraft Lunojod 2. Since 2004, Japan, China, India, the United States, and the European Space Agency have sent orbiters. These spacecraft have confirmed the discovery of icy water attached to the lunar regolith in craters that are in the permanent shadow zone and are located at the poles. Future manned missions to the Moon have been planned but have not yet been launched.

The Moon remains, under the Treaty on Outer Space, free for any nation to explore for peaceful purposes.

Star Spica:

Espiga or Spica are names that come from the Latin spica virginis, the ear of grain (usually wheat) of the Virgin. For the Romans this star symbolized Ceres, goddess of agriculture. Spicum, Spigha, Stachys – from the Greek stakhus, “ear of wheat” – and Arista – in Latin “ear of grain” – were other Roman names for the star. Other names such as Sunbala or Sumbela come from the Arabic word sunbula, synonymous with spike.

An alternative name for the star is Azimech, from the Arabic as-simak al-a’zal, “the defenseless one,” which refers to its separation from nearby stars. A third name, Alaraph, has been used to designate this star as well as neighboring Vindemiatrix (ε Virginis) and Zavijava (β Virginis).

In Babylon, representing the entire constellation, she personified the “wife of Bēl” and, like Sa-Sha-Shirū, “the girdle of the Virgin”, she marked the twentieth ecliptic asterism of the same name. It was also Emuku Tin-tir-Ki, a common title for Babylon itself.

In ancient Egypt she was known as “the bearer of the lute”, her importance being notable, as another Egyptian name she received was Repā, “the Lord”. Some authors maintain that one of the temples of Thebes, built in honor of Menat around the year 3200 a. C., is oriented towards this star.

In Chinese astronomy it was called Kió, “the horn” or “the spike”, and in ancient times it was Keok or Guik, the special spring star. Together with Heze (ζ Virginis) it forms the Chinese constellation Jiăo (角). For Hindus, Espiga corresponds to the nakshatra or astrological mansion of Citrā.

How does the Conjunction of the Moon and the star Spica influence the life of the Zodiacal Signs?

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