MB4.9 Bali Sea Oct. 4, 2015, 5:45 p.m.

MB4.9 Bali Sea

Event Summary

Oct. 4, 2015, 5:45 p.m.
(5 hours, 31 minutes ago)
Location Bali Sea
Magnitude MB 4.9
Latitude 7.619° S
Longitude 116.9098° E
Depth 313.3 km


Bali Sea

Message to Indonesia: Look to Borobudur for guidance! You must stop the things you are doing to the forests, the seas, the animals and the Aboriginal people must be set free!



The Cardinals

N – Camelopardalis (The Camel)

RA 12h 11m 41.27s DEC +81 37 20.2, Ecliptic Lon 110.6212 Ecliptic Lat +65.5967, Multiple star HD105943

The Egyptians used a hieroglyph in the shape of a giraffe to indicate ‘to prophecy’, ‘to foretell’.

Isidore sees the word Britain as a cognate of Latin brutus, heavy, which is from the root *gwere1. ‘Briton’ is derived from Brutus (according to Geoffrey of Monmouth) “Initially expanding a Welsh legend that traces Briton origins to the wanderings of Brutus and his band of Trojans” [3]. A giraffe can kill a lion with a brutal kick.

rom Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, 1889, Richard H. Allen

Camelopardalis or Camelopardus, the Giraffe, the French Girafe and Italian Giraffa, is long, faint, and straggling like its namesake. It stretches from the pole-star (Polaris in Ursa Minor) to Perseus, Auriga, and the Lynx, the hind quarters within the Milky Way.

It was formed by Bartschius, who published it, in outline only, in 1614, and wrote that it represented to him the Camel that brought Rebecca to Isaac [the Torah says Rebecca sees Isaac and falls off her camel]. Was it from this that Proctor attempted to change its title to Camelus ? — an alteration that seems to have been adopted only by Mr. J. Ellard Gore in his translation, in 1894, of Flammarion’s Astronomic Populaire. Weigel used it with Auriga to form his heraldic figure, the French Lilies.

The Chinese located seven asterisms within its boundaries: Hwa Kae, the State Umbrella, extending beyond Camelopardalis; Luh Kea, a term in {Page107} anatomy; Shang Ching, the Higher Minister; Shang Wei, the Higher Guard; Shaou Wei, the Minor Guard; Sze Foo, the Four Official Supporters of the Throne; and Yin Tih, Unostentatious Virtue.

Argelander enumerates 84 naked-eye stars, and Heis 138; these culminating in the middle of January.

[Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, Richard H. Allen, 1889.]

S – Hydrus (The Male Water Snake)

Hydrus was first published by Bayer, must not be confounded with the ancient Hydra. It lies between Horologium and Tucana; the head adjoining the polar Octans, the tail almost reaching the magnificent star Achernar of Eridanus.

The French know the figure as 1’Hydre Male; and the Germans as der Kleine Wasserschlange.

Out of this, with Tucana and the Lesser Cloud, Julius Schiller made his biblical constellation Raphael.

The Chinese formed from the stars of Hydrus, with others surrounding it, four of their later asterisms: Shay Show, the Serpent’s Head, marked by epsilon and zeta; Shay Fuh, the Serpent’s Belly, towards Tucana; Shay We, the Serpent’s Tail, entirely within the boundaries of Hydrus; and Foo Pih, of unknown signification, marked by gamma, a red 3.2-magnitude, specially mentioned by Corsali in his account of the Magellanic Clouds.

In it Gould catalogues 64 stars from 2.7 to 7th magnitudes.

The 2.7-magnitude lucida theta, in the tail, is of a remarkably clear yellow hue, and the nearest conspicuous star to the south pole, although 12° distant.

[Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, Richard H. Allen, 1889.]

E – Serpens

The starry Serpent

Southward winding from the Northern Wain (Ursa Major),

Shoots to remoter spheres its glittering train.


Serpens, the Serpent, is le Serpent in France, il Serpente in Italy, and die Schlange in Germany, probably is very ancient, and always has been shown as grasped by the hands of Ophiuchus at its pair of stars delta, epsilon, and at nu, and tau – Ophiuchi. The head is marked by the noticeable group iota, kappa, gamma, phi, nu, rho, and the eight little stars all lettered tau, and consecutively numbered, 10° south from the Crown and 20° due east from Arcturus; the figure line thence winding southwards 15° to Libra, and turning to the southeast and northeast along the western edge of the Milky Way, terminating at its star theta, 8° south of the tail of the Eagle (Aquila) and west of that constellation’s delta.

Of the four stellar Snakes this preeminently is the Serpent, its stars originally being combined with those of Ophiuchus, although Manilius wrote

Serpentem Graiis Ophiuchus nomine dictus dividit;

but it now is catalogued separately, and occasionally divided into Caput and Cauda on either side of the Serpent-holder.

The Greeks knew it as Ophis Ophioukhou, or simply as Ophis, and familiarly as Erpeton and Egkhelus (eel), respectively the Serpent and the Eel; the Latins, occasionally as Anguilla, Anguis, and Coluber; but universally as Serpens, often qualified as the Serpent of Aesculapius, Caesius, Glaucus, Laocoon, and of Ophiuchus; and as Serpens Herculeus, Lernaeus, and Sagarinus.

The 1515 Almagest and the Alfonsine Tables of 1521 had Serpens Alangue, thus combining their corrupted Latin with their equally corrupted Arabic, as often is the case with those works. It also was Draco Lesbius and Tiberinus, and, perhaps, Ovid’s and Vergil’s Lucidus Anguis.

In the astronomy of Arabia it was Al Hayyah, the Snake, — Chilmead’s Alhafa; but before that country was influenced by Greece there was a very different constellation here, Al Raudah, the Pasture; the stars beta and gamma,{Page 375} with gamma and beta Herculis, forming the Nasak Shamiyy, the Northern Boundary; while delta, alpha, and epsilon Serpentis, with delta, epsilon, zeta, and eta Ophiuchi, were the Nasak Yamaniyy, the Southern Boundary. The enclosed sheep were shown by the stars now in the Club of Hercules, guarded on the west by the Shepherd and his Dog, the stars alpha in Ophiuchus and Hercules.

To the Hebrews, as to most nations, this was a Serpent from the earliest times, and, Renan said, may have been the one referred to in the Book of Job, xxvi, 13; but Delitzsch, who renders the original words as the “Fugitive Dragon,” and others with him, consider our Draco to be the constellation intended, as probably more ancient and widely known from its ever visible circumpolar position.

The biblical school made it the serpent seducer of Eve, while in our day imaginative observers find another heavenly Cross in the stars of the head, one that belongs to Saint Andrew or Saint Patrick.

Serpens shared with Ophiuchus the Euphratean title of Nutsirda, the Image of the Serpent; and is supposed to have been one of the representatives of divinity to the Ophites, the Hivites of Old Testament times.

The comparatively void space between nu and epsilon was the Chinese Tien Shi Yuen, the Enclosure of the Heavenly Market.

[Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, Richard H. Allen, 1889.]

W – Monoceros HD45433

Monoceros, the Unicorn, is das Einhorn in Germany, la Licorne in France, and il Unicorno or Liocorno in Italy, lies in the large but comparatively vacant field between the two Dogs (Canis Minor and Canis Major), Orion, and the Hydra, the celestial equator passing through it {p.290} lengthwise from the Belt of Orion to the tail of the animal, just below the head of Hydra. Proctor assigned to it the alternative title Cervus.

Its 4.6-magnitude S, or Fl. 15, marks the head of the figure, facing towards the west.

This is a modern constellation, generally supposed to have been first charted by Bartschius as Unicornu; but Olbers and Ideler say that it was of much earlier formation, the latter quoting allusions to it, in the work of 1564, as “the other Horse south of the Twins (Gemini) and the Crab (Cancer)”; and Scaliger found it on a Persian sphere.

Flammarion’s identification of it with the still earlier Neper has already been mentioned under Microscopium.

Monoceros seems to have no star individually named, but the Chinese asterisms Sze Fuh, the Four Great Canals; Kwan Kew; and Wae Choo, the Outer Kitchen, all lay within its boundaries.

It contains 66 naked-eye stars according to Argelander, — Heis says 112, — and is interesting chiefly from its many telescopic clusters, and as being located in the Milky Way.

It comes to the meridian in February, due south from Procyon.

alpha, the lucida, is Fl. 30, of 3.6 magnitude.

[Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, Richard H. Allen, 1889.]

Z – Virgo 21 Vir HD109309

* q Vir — Star
Other object types: * (*,BD,GC,GCRV,GEN#,HD​,HERZ,HIC,HIP,HR​,PLX,PPM,Renson,ROT​,SAO,SKY#,TYC,UBV,uvby98,YZ), IR (2MASS), UV (TD1)
ICRS coord. (ep=J2000) : 12 33 46.74789 -09 27 07.4775 ( Optical ) [ 2.02 1.41 90 ] A 2007A&A…474..653V
FK5 coord. (ep=J2000 eq=2000) : 12 33 46.748 -09 27 07.48 [ 2.02 1.41 90 ]
FK4 coord. (ep=B1950 eq=1950) : 12 31 11.72 -09 10 35.3 [ 11.59 8.25 0 ]
Gal coord. (ep=J2000) : 295.6549 +53.1700 [ 2.02 1.41 90 ]
Proper motions mas/yr : -83.46 0.22 [0.23 0.16 0] A 2007A&A…474..653V
Radial velocity / Redshift / cz : V(km/s) -11.00 [4.2] / z(~) -0.000037 [0.000014] / cz -11.00 [4.20]   (~) C 2006AstL…32..759G
Parallaxes mas: 12.62 [0.28] A 2007A&A…474..653V
Spectral type: A0V C ~
Fluxes (5) :
B 5.45 [~] C ~
V 5.48 [~] C ~
J 5.561 [0.018] C 2003yCat.2246….0C
H 5.636 [0.024] C 2003yCat.2246….0C
K 5.586 [0.017] C 2003yCat.2246….0C


Ptolemy extended the constellation somewhat farther to the east than we have it, the feet being carried into the modern Libra, and the stars that Hipparchos placed in the shoulder shifted to the side, to correct, as he said, the comparative distances of the stars and members of the body. Upon our maps it is about 52° in length, terminating on the east at lambda and mu, and so is the longest of the zodiac figures. It is bounded on the north by Leo, Coma Berenices, and Bootes; on the east by Serpens and Libra; on the {Page 466} south by Hydra, Corvus and Crater; and on the west by Leo, Crater, and Corvus.

While the beautiful Spica is its most noteworthy object to the casual observer, yet the telescope shows here the densest nebular region in the heavens, in the space marked by its beta (Zavijava), eta (Zaniah), gamma (Porrima), delta (Auva), and Denebola of Leo; while other nebulae are scattered all over this region of the sky. Sir William Herschel found here no less than 323, which later search has increased to over 500, — very many more nebulae than naked-eye stars in the constellation. Argelander gives 101 of the latter, and Heis 181.

It is for these four stars in Virgo, forming with epsilon (Vindemiatrix) two sides of a right-angled triangle open towards Denebola, gamma (Porrima) at its vertex, that Professor Young uses his mnemonic word Begde to recall their order. They extend along the wings through the girdle, and were the Kennel Corner of the Barking Dogs of the Arabs, often considered as the Dogs themselves.

Von Zach, of Gotha, rediscovered here on the last day of the first year of this century the minor planet Ceres, whose position had been lost some time after its discovery by Piazzi on the previous New Year’s Day; Olbers repeating this, and independently, the next evening, the first anniversary of the original discovery. Here, too, Olbers found, on the 28th of March, 1802, another minor planet, Pallas, the second one discovered, and appropriately named, for the thirty-first of the Orphic Hymns described this goddess as “inhabiting the stars.”

The sun passes through the constellation from the 14th of September to the 29th of October; and during this time

the Virgin trails No more her glittering garments through the blue.


N – Pisces

Pisces, the Fishes, are the German Fische, the Italian Pesci, the French Poissons, the Anglo-Norman Peisun, and the Anglo-Saxon Fixas. The Alfonsine Tables of {Page 337} 1521 had Pesces, and the Almagest of 1515 Echiguen, Bayer’s Ichiguen, a word that has defied commentators unless Caesius has explained it as being a corruption of Greek Ichthues.

And here fantastic fishes duskly float,

Using the calm for waters, while their fires

Throb out quick rhythms along the shallow air.

—  Mrs. Browning’s A Drama of Exile.



Object Constellation Ecliptic Lon Ecliptic Lat Notes
Earth Pisces 009.1471 +04.7882
Algenib Pegasus (Gamma) 009.3757 +12.6004 God 88Peg HD886
Sun Virgo 190.6129 +00.0001
Porrima Virgo (Gamma) 190.3615 +02.7896 God, ankle (Orion)
Gienah Corvus (Gamma) 190.9452 -14.5015 God, ankle (Orion)
Mu Vela 190.7337 -51.0879 Mother
Moon Orion 091.3979 -05.2488
Betelgeuse Orion (Alpha) 088.9747 -16.0250 My Natal Sun 87.9065 (Tau)
Polaris Ursa Minor 088.7879 +66.1035
Gamma Columba 089.2517 -58.7185 God, ankle (Orion)
Mercury Virgo 183.4562 -01.3023
Zeta Crater 184.2891 -18.2969 Holy Grail
M61 NGC4303 Virgo 183.4669 +06.2741
Venus Leo 146.4090 -02.7126
Alphard Hydra 147.4986 -22.3815 My Cardinal East, my chosen energy
Mars Leo 155.6667 +01.2882 Interesting Ecliptic Longitude
Alula Borealis Ursa Major (Nu) 156.8747 +26.1631 Number
Jupiter Leo 161.4909 +00.9293
Zosma Leo (Sigma) 161.5372 +14.3340 Save
Saturn Libra 241.2855 +01.7441 Side of the scale weighed down by truth
Dschubba Scorpius 242.7913 -01.9879
Yed Prior Serpens 242.5225 +17.2393
Gamma Lupus 241.7175 -21.2461 God, ankle
Uranus Pisces 018.1358 -01.4903
Delta Cepheus 017.8260 +59.5421 27 Cep HD213306


Neptune Aquarius 337.5805 -00.8172
Tau Aquarius 338.2147 -05.9205 Time
Theta Pegasus 337.0526 +16.3400 Thing
Nu Aquila 336.3568 +54.9117 Number
Pluto* Sagittarius 283.1568 +01.8128
Xi Sagittarius 283.6255 +02.1163 Fox
Ascella Sagittarius (Zeta) 283.8585 -07.1809 Zeal, Kudzu
Gamma Corona Australis 283.8377 -14.4078 God, Ankle (Orion)
Epsilon Parvo 283.7505 -50.887 Met
Vega Lyra (Alpha) 285.5351 +61.7309 Father


  • My MoonPurva Ashadha

     ‘The Invincible Star’

    (13º20′-26º39′ Sagittarius)

    Purva Ashadha is the potential energy of the devotional inspiration received from the root Truth found in the previous constellation Mula.  It is symbolic of the river’s water rushing to merge with the ocean.  It is at the heart of Sagittarius where there is a great desire which energizes and invigorates our spirit to act upon our truth.  Purva Ashadha forms a pair with the next constellation (Uttara Ashadha) which are the stars of the bow and arrow of Sagittarius.  Purva Ashadha’s stars are the “pulled back” bow taking aim at a target showing the quality of strategy and discernment that is bestowed upon these individuals.   The winnowing basket (which separates the wheat from the chaff) is another symbol used for this constellation, again showing a good discriminating intellect but also the tendency to be judgmental, an elitist and a separatist.