As the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games commence in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Feb 12, 2010 at 18:00 (6pm) PST the star SIRIUS, the famous star in the constellation of Canis Major (Big Dog), will be rising at the HorIzon in the East.
For the curious, at the same time, Meissa, the head star of the constellation Orion the Hunter, will be at 33 degrees ALT.
(click images below for larger versions)
Vancouver EAST view @ 1800 PST 2.12.2010
Vancouver SOUTH view @ 1800 PST 2.12.2010
Vancouver WEST view @ 1800 PST 2.12.2010
At that very same moment (02-12-2010 @ 1800 PST) over Olympia, Greece Sirius is setting to the Hor-I-zon in the West.
Olympia, Greece EAST view @ 1800 PST 2.12.2010
Olympia, Greece SOUTH view @ 1800 PST 2.12.2010
Olympia, Greece WEST view @ 1800 PST 2.12.2010
Thus, on the scheduled date and time of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics' Opening Ceremony, Vancouver, BC, Canada and Olympia, Greece are symbolically linked through the rising and setting of the star Sirius.
For more on the topic of SIRIUS, see most of my posts from the latter half of last year and the excellent multipart series by Chris Knowles @ The Secret Sun - "Stairway to Sirius"
In synch with the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games commencement in just 30 days, we will witness the mystery object (NEO 2010 AL30) pass by Earth today (1.13.2010) !
The object, called 2010 AL30, is set to pass within 76,000 miles (122,000km) of the Earth, or just a third of the distance out to the moon, around lunchtime on Wednesday.
Its discovery earlier this week has baffled scientists, with some astronomers speculating it may be space junk given its width is similar to a man-made object.
Nasa said it was more likely to be a tiny asteroid, one of approximately 2 million such objects in near-Earth space.
Measuring between 33 to 50 feet (10 to 15 meters) wide, experts say it is too small to cause any damage to the earth.
The object, which will pass the earth at 1247 GMT, was discovered by, NASA-funded Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research programme on Monday and pictured by the Australian Skylive-Grove Creek Observatory in Trunkey Creek, New South Wales.
Experts say professional astronomers will be able to see it shining with a brightness of a 14th-magnitude star similar to that of Pluto in the constellations of Orion, Taurus, and Pisces.
Italian scientists Ernesto Guido and Giovanni Sostero, from the Remanzacco Observatory, told Ria Novosti, the Russian News Agency, that it had an orbital period of almost exactly one year and might be a man-made object such as a spent rocket booster.
...more at telegraph.co.uk
For those not up on norse, greek and roman mythology ZEUS/Iupiter/WOTAN are all the same character.
Zeus is the head (chief god) of the Olympians.
Wednesday is WOTAN's DAY.
Today, Wednesday, January 13, 2010, Wotan's Day thereby also Zeus's Day, will witness the near pass of NEO 2010 AL30 exactly 30 days before the start of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic games - a games historically held in honor of Zeus and the 12 Olympian gods.
Zeus lived and held court on Mount Olympus with the 12 Olympians: Zeus, Hera (Juno), Poseidon (Neptune), Demeter (Ceres), Apollo, Artemis (Diana), Ares (Mars), Hephaestus (Vulcan), Aphrodite (Venus), Hermes (Mercury), Athene (Minerva), and Hades (Pluto).
You'll also note more interesting astronomical positioning if you, armed with the names of the 12 Olympian deities, return to the images posted above for a second look.
Aside from the obvious 30 days before the Winter Olympic Games, another interesting timing fact of this object passing Earth (NEO 2010 AL30) is that today (1.13.2010) is also New Year's Eve (12.31.2009) via the old Julian calendar system. The Julian Calendar System and the Gregorian Calendar System (our current and main calendar system used in the "West") are separated by about 13 days.
In synch with the SHE WOLF / Shakira articles from last year, and the 2010 Vancouver games, my fellow Winnipeger, WERMES @ The Synch Hole notes that February 13 - February 15 is the ancient roman festival of Lupercalia
If you'll be in "The V", or around, during the 2010 Winter Olympics here's a list of some notable concerts and performers around the Vancouver and Whistler areas.
(check out the rest of the Olympic Coverage!)
Here's some comic relief from my fellow Canadian Mike Meyers: