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Meet Ceres in Space and in Astrology

Say hello to the asteroid that in Astrology is known for nurturing, motherly, and food related qualities as one of the feminine goddesses, in the role of the archetype, ‘The Mother’:

 

Written by Jude Cowell

March 26, 2016 at 3:20 am

Green Comet has ‘pickle-shaped’ core!

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

Newly-discovered asteroid nears Earth Oct 12, 2010

October 2010 is a good time to look up especially in the directions of constellations Pisces and Aquarius!

Space Weather News for Oct 11, 2010

AURORA WATCH: The solar wind is stirring up geomagnetic storms around the Arctic Circle. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras after local nightfall on Oct 11-12. Tip: the hours around midnight usually produce the brightest displays.

ASTEROID FLYBY: Newly-discovered asteroid 2010 TD54 will fly by Earth on Tuesday, Oct 12, about 46,000 km above the planet’s surface. At closest approach, the 7-meter space rock will shine like a 14th magnitude star as it races through the constellations Pisces and Aquarius.

There is no danger of a collision.

Visit SpaceWeather.com for ephemerides and more information.

Written by Jude Cowell

October 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Two new planets discovered!

Did you hear the news? NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has discovered the existence of two planets orbiting in a galaxy far away.

This is another good example of Uranus to Aries Point, a historical marker for ‘scientific breakthroughs’ of all sorts. Plus, new discoveries and pioneering explorations are being aided this time around (Uranus has an 84-year orbit so it’s been a while) by the presence of expansive Jupiter who tends to increase everything he touches, as we say in Astrology; the Aries Point, one of the four Cardinal Points of the zodiac, indicates event manifestations which are significant on the world stage.

And you know that jovial Jupiter’s expansion principle involves the horizon-broadening planet in explorative endeavors of his own so we may be hearing of even more fantastic eureka moments in the months to come – hold tight to your telescopes!

Lyrids peak Apr 22 2010 and First Light images of Sun

Space Weather News for April 21, 2010

MUST-SEE IMAGES OF THE SUN: At a press conference today, researchers unveiled First Light images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA’s “Hubble for the Sun.”

There are huge erupting prominences, crackling solar flares, and gigantic shock waves shown with a clarity ten times better than HDTV. The images must be seen to be believed.

Go directly to NASA for the full story.

LYRID METEOR SHOWER: The Lyrid meteor shower peaks on April 22 when Earth passes through a stream of debris from Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1).

The best time to look is during the hours before dawn on Thursday morning. Forecasters expect as many as 20 meteors per hour so check SpaceWeather.com for more information.

SPACE WEATHER ALERTS: Would you like to turn your phone into a space weather monitoring system? Sign up for Space Weather PHONE!

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How lovely of the Lyrids to peak on the morning of Earth Day! Now if I can just get the vision of Margaret Thatcher’s ironclad mug out of my mind’s eye…

But actually, the Lowell Observatory can tell you all about the Lyrids and much more!

Did Venus once have oceans?

A new study indicates that the planet Venus isn’t now what she once was then!

Written by Jude Cowell

July 14, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Not the Mars Hoax again!

SpaceWeather News (see previous post just below about Japan’s spacecraft impacting the Moon today) is reporting that once again emails are going round about the ‘Mars Hoax’ – that in August Mars will be as big as the Moon, etc.

That occurred in August 2003 and you may remember the size of Mars (perihelion; in Pisces) as it hung over NYC when folks were camping outside due to a massive power outage.

And Bush-Cheney and their pal, the god of war (Mars), had invaded Iraq…ahh, bad times.

Japan’s Kaguya to hit Moon 6-10-09

Better late than never and it hits the Moon today:

Space Weather News for June 10, 2009

IMPACT ALERT: Japan’s Kaguya will crash into the Moon on Wednesday, June 10, around 1830 UT. The timing favors observers in Asia and Australia, who might be able to see a flash of light or a plume of debris rising from the Moon’s southeastern limb.

The spacecraft masses 2,600 kg and it will slam into the lunar surface at 6,000 km/hr. No one knows, however, how bright the flash might be or whether it will be visible even through large telescopes.

Images of the crash, if any are captured, will be posted on SpaceWeather.com.

Do you like Cool Space Stuff?

One of my favorite categories in my sidebar is ‘Cool Space Stuff’ and I’m being discriminating about how the link list is populated.

Today I’ve added ‘Mike Brown’s Planets’ which is a website from astronomer Mike Brown.

So dare to go where no blog reader has gone in several minutes, if you wish!

btw: this blog seems to have an endless supply of searches for ‘erotic art’ and a few of my drawings here are labeled as such (mild as they may be.) If that’s you, dear searcher, check my sidebar’s column of Pages for a few Chiffonery Art images – maybe Trixie or her friends will suffice!

Annual Arietid meteor shower peaks June 7 2009

Space Weather News for June 5, 2009:

DAYTIME METEORS: The annual Arietid meteor shower peaks on Sunday, June 7. The Arietids are unusual because they are daytime meteors; they stream out of a point in the sky not far from the sun.

The best time to look is just before dawn on Sunday morning when it may be possible to spot a small number of Arietids skimming the top of Earth’s atmosphere. Such “Earthgrazing” meteors tend to be long, colorful, and very pretty.

After daybreak, when the meteors are no longer visible to the human eye, you can listen to radar echoes from the Arietids by tuning in to our online meteor radar.

“The Arietids are the strongest daylight shower of the year,” notes Bob Lunsford of the American Meteor Society. “If you could see them through the sun’s glare, you would count as many as 60 per hour. Also, don’t forget that the daytime Zeta Perseids peak only two days later and are considered the second strongest daylight shower. In all my years of viewing I have never seen a Zeta Perseid, but I have seen a few Arietids. They have all been Earthgrazers and very impressive meteors.”

Please visit SpaceWeather.com for updates and more information. #

Now this celestial happening should be quite groovy!

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