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Astrophysical Directions


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(1) User-Instructions
The general reader will benefit from a careful inspection of the User-Instructions: Part One. These instructions are designed to be used in conjunction with the reader's natal horoscope and will introduce the main features of this text in terms of the traditional planetary zodiac positions.

User-Instructions: Part Two contains more advanced considerations, explanations, and mathematics. It may be ignored by the beginning student.

  In Astrophysical Directions
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 Coordinate Systems

 The Solar System

 The Solar Neighborhood

 The Galaxy

 Galactic Objects

 The Fixed Stars

 Star Clusters & Nebulae

 Non-Visual Astronomy

 External Galaxies

 Finder-Lists, etc.
(2) Main Catalog
The main portion of this series consists of a catalog of astronomical objects and directions in space -- cosmic structure. Each class or type of object is defined and given a brief introduction, followed by a list of well-known specimens or examples. Each of the example objects are listed in at least four (and often five) coordinate systems of interest to astrologers: Right Ascension & Declination, Zodiac Longitude & Latitude (Tropical), Ecliptic Intersect or Right Longitude (M.C.), and New Galactic Longitude & Latitude.

Additional information is included for most categories such as: size, distance, luminosity, etc. The various kinds of objects are grouped by chapters according to the particular system or sub-system to which they belong. In general, the chapters or sections range from the near solar system structure to larger or more cosmic dimensions such as the galactic and supergalactic structure. The beginning student may well be content to use the traditional zodiac longitude and latitude listings and ignore (for the present) some of the alternative coordinate systems listed. A good number of helpful diagrams are interspersed throughout the text to aid in getting a picture of what the structure of the universe looks like.

(3) Finder-Lists
A most useful feature for the beginning student are the several Finder-Lists that follow the main catalog listings. These Finder-Lists are master-lists of the objects in the main catalog arranged in terms of their increasing order along the zodiac, by right Ascension and by declination. For example: natal planet positions and other sensitive points in the horoscope can be looked up in the FINDER-LISTS to determine what well-known kinds of objects inhabit that particular degree of the zodiac.

Instructions for use of the Finder-Lists can be found in the User-Instructions: Part One and more detailed suggestions in Part Two. An additional feature included with the Finder-Lists are the 1200+ cities and places around the globe listed by geographic longitude and again by geographic latitude. These geographic lists can be used in conjunction with right Ascension and declination for many mundane and horary astrological considerations. Unless this material looks very familiar to you, the author suggest that the reader begin with User-Instructions: Part One.

Copyright (c) 1997-99 Michael Erlewine

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