Alignment of Stars

Sidney_Hall_-_Urania's_Mirror_-_Aries_and_Musca_BorealisLooking up in the night time sky, if you know what you are looking for, you will notice a group of stars always visible at the latitudes between +90° and -60°. It is best visible, every year, at around 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of December; interesting facts drawn from a quick trip to wikipedia about the constellation Aries. One of 48 constellations described by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, the ‘RAM’ in the night time sky remains one of the 88 modern constellations and, without fail, is constantly in the northern celestial hemisphere and has been for all of recorded history, always in the same spot at the same time, year after year, a model of consistency.

Reminds me a little bit of another alignment, if you know what you are looking for, of stars that are grouped together, but these a little closer for our viewing pleasure and are a little more phrenetic. And although not quite as bright, or seasoned, or seemingly eternally constant there is some movement and motion, from our amateur eye, from year to year, as it relates to consistency and predictability as well as inspiring and gaze-worthiness.


Matt has been reporting on VCU sports for Ram Nation since 2007 with a focus on news, photos, and feature stories.