Passage of the year 1998 exhibit


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This page shows our view of the stars as we went around the sun and the sun made a little progress around the galaxy, carrying us along. To see the panorama you need QuickTime. For a year (not 1998), see the passage year.

The Passage 1998 panorama lets you spin within the celestial sphere. You choose a panorama for each season from its position inlaid in the stars. The stars that relate to each season are the ones on the ecliptic, or path of the sun. For example, in December, the sun appears to us to line up with the core of the galaxy near the constellation Sagittarius. It is about 18 hours, as shown on the map of the panorama shown below. Most of the labels are for stars or constellations.

On this page, the graphic is an image map. Along the top of the map are the hours that correspond to the 24 hours of the day. We spin around this star view each day. But the hours of the celestial sphere for the sun path marks our path around the sun for a year. See the purple line, called the ecliptic. It starts with 0 hours. Along the bottom of the map are the times of the solstices and equinoxes, marking the four changes of the seasons. You can click the map or the labels to go to a panorama for each season. The top of the map links to the Passage 1998 panorama.

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December | September | June | March

The months of the year are listed backward in the series. This is because we read this text from left to right, but we travel from right to left (counter-clockwise) in orbit around the sun. So the order of the celebrations for the year 1998 (starting in December, 1997) is:

December | March |June | September
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