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Electric blue clouds with mysterious origins now appearing more southerly than ever…time for the NLCs.
Space Weather News for June 4, 2011
ELECTRIC-BLUE CLOUDS: The 2011 noctilucent cloud (NLC) season has begun. For the past few nights, observers in northern parts of Europe have spotted velvety, electric-blue tendrils rippling across the sunset sky.
NLCs are a summertime phenomenon first reported by polar observers in the 19th century. In recent decades, for reasons no one fully understands, the clouds have intensified and spread as far south as Utah and Colorado.
Visit today’s edition of Space Weather News for photos and observing tips.
CHANCE OF MAGNETIC ACTIVITY: NOAA forecasters estimate a 45% chance of geomagnetic activity on June 4th when an incoming solar wind stream and a CME might deliver a double blow to Earth’s magnetic field. High-latitude sky watchers in both hemispheres should be alert for auroras.
Hope you’ve checked out today’s global event World Drawing Day 2011! Did you upload an image of your drawing? My entry is titled, ‘Fairy Path w Moss Drawing Day 2011‘.
As always: pencil on paper; by Jude Cowell (coh’ wull) (c)2011
Wow! This photo of the January 4, 2011 Solar Eclipse which was taken from space is a must-see if you haven’t!
Guess the amazing ‘ring of fire’ photo of January 4th is of particular interest to this reluctant astrologer because this Solar Eclipse @13Cap38 in the Zodiac occurred precisely upon my natal 4th house Sun position. And the 4th is the house of endings and partings.
Astrologically, January 4, 2011’s Solar Eclipse falls into the 13 North Series which, to paraphrase Brady’s Predictive Astrology, indicates a flavor of:
‘groups and associations; group projects require the breaking of an already existing bond; separation, then joint achievement’ (paraphrasing.)
Also, 13N is associated with the founding of America for the Series’ initial manifestation occurred on August 14, 1776 @21Leo52, with the final signings of the Declaration of Independence occurring on August 2, 1776. (Big events often occur up to two weeks before or after an eclipse’s actual date.)
And on August 14, 1776, there was an interesting midpoint picture in force:
Mars/NN = Pluto: the performance of record joint achievements; a violent or forced separation from a partnership or union. (Ebertin.)
Now that sounds about right, doesn’t it?
Yet I didn’t have the influence of 13N in mind last week when I deleted my FaceBook account. I was thinking of how Goldman-Sachs and Russia are investing in the site and how FB won’t disclose its own financial information, yet it can’t seem to spread its members’ personal details widely enough.
And FB assures me that I can return any time I like by using the same password! Makes me wonder how deleted my personal info actually is, y’know? (Under reason for leaving, I put “Goldman-Sachs and Russia.”)
So check out the smashing eclipse photo linked above, if you haven’t, and if you should need me, you’ll find me still a-tweet on Twitter.
Seemingly it may be possible that in 2011, Earth’s twin planet may be found.
That’s quite a headline for the end of 2010 and the start of a New Year, isn’t it? Why, this idea mimics Astrology’s ‘twin’ or ‘dark’ moon theories and may indicate major changes within astrological thought and provide a spur for space exploration as well as flipping over our brains from their usual ruts!
It could even trump many of the other scientific discoveries in the news now during the current Jupiter/Uranus cycle (at or near Aries Point) of breakthroughs and enlightened ideas.
For decades Science has been determined to clone an Ice Aged woolly mammoth and yet some of us retain many personal misgivings about this boundary-breaking project.
Wishing You Happy Holidays, Everyone! Jude
Fretteth not, oh jolly Jupiterians among ye, for mayhap yon missing stripe returneth to royal Jove’s visage as he approacheth Mars’ Aries Point once again!
Space Weather News for Nov 30, 2010
JUPITER’S MISSING STRIPE: A disturbance in Jupiter’s atmosphere thought to herald the return of the planet’s missing stripe is growing rapidly and now stretches almost halfway around Jupiter’s globe. It is so big, novice observers are beginning to notice it in the eyepieces of backyard telescopes.
Visit SpaceWeather.com for latest images and a sky map.
Hmmm…speaking of wealthy Jupiter and his banking interests, I was just thinking that the return of Jupiter’s stripe reminds me of shoppers lined up at malls to return the merchandise they impulsively purchased (in Jupiterian fashion) on Black Friday!
In addition, you are cordially invited to check out a little weird science mixed with my Odes to a Woolly Mammoth if you dare investigate…the
Woolly Mammoth Chronicles! And if you tarry a moment, please answer the woolly mammoth poll, upper right!
This from SpaceWeather News:
COMET HARTLEY UPDATE: NASA’s Deep Impact (EPOXI) probe is closing in on Comet Hartley 2 for a daring flyby on Nov. 4. The small but active comet is full of surprises, with spinning jets, geysers of cyanide gas, and a strangely pickle-shaped core. Mission scientists expect to reveal first images from the flyby during a press conference on Thursday afternoon, around 4 pm EDT.
Tune into NASA TV to follow events live, and meanwhile read this story for a preview. #
Hmmm…a ‘pickled-shaped’ core in a green comet? May I have a veggie sandwich with that please? ;p
COMET 103P/HARTLEY AT ITS BEST:
For backyard stargazers, the next few nights are the best time to see green Comet 103P/Hartley 2 as it approaches Earth for an 11-million-mile close encounter on Oct 20. Set your alarm for the dark hours before dawn, go outside, and look straight up. You will find Hartley 2 not far from the bright star Capella.
Although the comet is barely visible to the unaided eye, it is easy to locate using binoculars and looks great through a backyard telescope. Sky maps and more information may be found at SpaceWeather News.
Lovely Capella! Alpha Auriga in the constellation of The Charioteer, this Fixed Star has a nurturing yet free-spirited flavor and is associated with the ‘fertile goddess’ archetype which links to the horse by way of Macha, the great Celtic horse goddess. She embodies movement and action and is connected by paran to the natal chart of aviatrix Amelia Earhart.
Airplanes may be said to be modern-day ‘chariots’ and with Capella associated with Earhart’s natal Venus, she is seen as a woman (Venus) breaking speed records, and was known for her love of the freedom of flight.
Other Capella-linked examples are astronaut John Glenn (Saturn) and comic book hero Superman who was created with his Mars rising with Capella! With Capella there is need for freedom and independence, and must I say it? A need for speed.
So look up! Superman may just be on the way to save the day…it’s a bird, it’s a plane, etc…
Star Lore source: Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars
Today isn’t only the 70th birthday of John Lennon. October 9 also marks 406 years since Supernova 1604 was first spotted in the Milky Way. German astronomer (and astrologer) Johannes Kepler first spied it himself on October 17 yet October 9 is the official anniversary of the star’s very first sighting in the constellation Ophiuchus.
Whether the 8-day difference in the dates is due to the historic calendar change from Julian to Gregorian, I’m not certain. Perhaps so. Suffice it to say, it’s been a while since ‘Kepler’s Star’ or ‘Kepler’s Supernova’ came into human consciousness. His book on the celestial discovery, De Stella nova in pede Serpentarii may be translated as, On the New Star in Ophiuchus’ Foot.
Ophiuchus is a very interesting constellation and is considered by some to be the Thirteenth Sign in the Zodiac. Here’s some info on the mythology of the constellation from Bernadette Brady’s excellent Book of Fixed Stars:
The stars of Ophiuchus the Serpent Holder and Serpens the Serpent are now spread between three constellations: Ophiuchus the Serpent Holder, Caput Serpens, and Cauda Serpens. Ophiuchus occupies a larger area across the ecliptic than the modern constellation Scorpio. From November 21 to December 16, the Sun is actually among the stars of Ophiuchus rather than in Scorpio yet most modern astrologers make no differentiation in this matter. Debates continue.
To the Greeks, Ophiuchus was known as Serpentarius the Healer which points to snakes shedding their skins, an archetypal symbol of new life. Serpentarius was also known as the god Asclepius, son of Apollo, the Sun god; in Astrology, the Sun represents our vitality. Asclepius was taught the healing arts from Chiron and is usually depicted holding a stick about which a serpent is coiled, a modern day motiff of Western medicine.
You, of course, note the Scriptural similarities with the uplifted coiled serpent along with modern Astrology’s use of Chiron as an archetype of Christ, the Key, and Healer of all our woes.
Legend says that Asclepius was ship’s surgeon on the Argo and the story goes that his skills improved until he could raise people from the dead so the gods, always jealous of their exalted dominion, smote him with one of Zeus-Jove’s thunderbolts and placed him in the heavens as Ophiuchus.
Then in 1604, the excellent Johannes Kepler came along with his telescope, bright intelligence, knowledge, and what must have been rather good eyesight…and the rest, as they say, is history.
The constellation’s primary star used in Astrology today is Alpha Ophiuchus, aka Ras Alhague whose keywords are: ‘the healer; one who strives to create balance; to repair that which is damaged’ (including ideals.)
Considering that today’s starry anniversary falls upon a certain Beatle’s birthday, it’s interesting that John Lennon’s natal Venus culminated as Ras Alhague rose. Abraham Lincoln is another historical Ras Alhague figure with the star linked by paran to his natal Mercury.
If it isn’t in your library of very interesting books, you may wish to check out Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars on Amazon where you may notice a novice’s review I wrote about the book years ago!