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Doth Jupiter’s missing stripe returneth?

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.

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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!

Hubble photographs Jupiter June 2010

This alert is a day late but a Hubble photo ahead. Makes astrological sense that Jupiter is in the news with the jolly giant’s recent foray to Aries Point, A World Point of Prominence!

Space Weather News for June 16, 2010

HUBBLE SEEKS DEBRIS, FINDS NONE: Even the Hubble Space Telescope cannot find any debris where a meteoroid apparently hit Jupiter on June 3rd. Today, researchers released new HST images of the impact site, which show nothing but uninterrupted clouds. The non-detection is consistent with a relatively small asteroid or comet fragment making a shallow strike in Jupiter’s high atmosphere.

Links to photos and more information may be found at SpaceWeather.com

NOCTILUCENT CLOUDS: Observers in Europe are reporting brightening displays of noctilucent clouds (NLCs). That’s to be expected. Late spring and early summer often bring the strongest displays of these electric-blue clouds wafting across the top of Earth’s atmosphere.

Visit today’s edition of SpaceWeather News for photos, observing tips–and a possible connection between NLCs and sunspots.

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

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!

Fireballs and Volcanic Sunsets April 2010

This SpaceWeather Alert arrived a day late but here it is:

Space Weather News for April 15, 2010

MIDWESTERN FIREBALL: A brilliant fireball streaked across the USA on the evening of April 14, startling observers in Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and surrounding states. Experts say it was a small asteroid, about a meter wide, that exploded in mid-air with an energy equivalent to some 20 tons of TNT.

National Weather Service radars detected the fireball’s debris trail, resulting in maps that could help guide meteorite hunters to fragments on the ground.

Pictures and more information may be found on today’s edition of SpaceWeather News.

VOLCANIC SUNSETS: A cloud of ash from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano is drifting across Europe this week and causing sunsets of surpassing beauty. Europeans are encouraged to look west at the end of the day.

Bonus: If you don’t live in Europe, look west anyway. Venus, Mercury and the crescent Moon are beaming through the twilight for all to see. Check SpaceWeather for pictures and sky maps.

Very up close and curious: flyby Jan 13 2010

Space Weather News for Jan 12, 2010

CURIOUS ASTEROID FLYBY: A curious object is about to fly past Earth only one-third the distance to the Moon. Catalogued as a 10m-class asteroid, 2010 AL30 has an orbital period of almost exactly 1 year. This raises the possibility that it might not be a natural object, but rather a piece of some spacecraft from our own planet.

At closest approach on Jan 13, 2010 AL30 will streak through Orion, Taurus, and Pisces glowing like a 14th magnitude star. Experienced amateur astronomers are encouraged to monitor the flyby.

Orbital elements, images, and more information are available on SpaceWeather.com.

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Now after yesterday’s news of Sarah Palin’s signing with FOX News I must say it: it is a bird, a plane, or a Palin? And will her TV commentary career last as long as a curious flyby?

Geminid Meteor Shower + Sepia Art Theater

Space Weather News for Dec 12, 2009

GEMINID METEOR SHOWER: This weekend, Earth will pass through a stream of debris from extinct comet 3200 Phaethon, source of the annual Geminid meteor shower. Forecasters expect more than 100 meteors per hour to fly out of the constellation Gemini when the shower peaks on Dec 13 and 14.

For most observers, the best time to look will be from 10 pm local time on Sunday night to dawn on Monday morning.

Visit SpaceWeather.com for photos, a sky map, and live audio from a meteor radar.

ASTRONOMY ALERTS FOR CHRISTMAS: Spaceweather.com’s astronomy alert service makes a great gift. It works like this: Suppose the International Space Station is about to fly over your back yard. Your phone will ring and tell you to go outside and look. Subscribers also receive alerts for meteor showers, eclipses, rocket launches, Northern Lights and much more.

Give the heavens for Christmas at SpaceWeatherPhone.

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At some point, you may have a notion to check out my fledgling new Art Gallery blog Sepia Art Theater with content much as it sounds: sepia-toned Art of a backstage nature.

So there’s water on the Moon…

Once I knew someone with water on the knee but this is different…

NPR BREAKING NEWS from NASA: Water Found In Moon Crater

NASA says a probe that purposely slammed into a crater on the moon has turned up evidence of water. Over the last decade, scientists have found some hints of underground ice on the moon’s poles, but this is the best evidence yet. #

If you’re thirsty, you may wish to read more at NPR.

Written by Jude Cowell

November 13, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Strange lightening seen over France

Space Weather News for June 8, 2009

STRANGE LIGHTNING: Over the weekend, an atmospheric scientist in Europe photographed something that resembled a giant luminous squid floating over a thundercloud in France. It was a strange form of lightning known as a “sprite.” His high-resolution images are featured on today’s edition of SpaceWeather News along with observing tips for anyone who would like to see and photograph these fantastic bolts during the upcoming thunderstorm season. #

Hmm…mysterious sprites must’ve been over France for the 65th D-Day observance this weekend!

2009’s First Noctilucent Clouds!

Space Weather News for May 30, 2009

FIRST NLCs of 2009: The first noctilucent clouds (NLCs) of 2009 have been sighted over northern Europe. Last night, May 29, photographers recorded wispy electric-blue tendrils spreading across the twilight skies of Denmark, Northern Ireland and Scotland. This follows a similar display over Russia on May 27. These sightings signal the beginning of the 2009 NLC season, which is expected to last until late July. Early-season NLCs are usually feeble, but these were fairly bright and vibrant, suggesting that even better displays are in the offing.

Check today’s edition of Space Weather News for photos.

Noctilucent clouds are an unsolved puzzle. They float 83 km above Earth’s surface at the edge of space itself. People first noticed NLCs in the late 19th century. In those days you had to travel to high northern latitudes to see them. In recent years, however, the clouds have been sighted in the United States as far south as Oregon, Washington and even Colorado. Climate change, space dust, and rocket launches have all been cited as possible explanations for the phenomenon. Interestingly, low solar activity seems to promote the clouds, so the ongoing deep solar minimum could set the stage for a good season in 2009.

The best time to look for NLCs is just after sunset or just before sunrise when the sun is between 6 and 16 degrees below the horizon. That’s when the geometry is just right for sunlight to illuminate the tiny ice crystals that make up the clouds. Observing tips and sample photos may be found in the 2008 Noctilucent Cloud Gallery.
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Zeeks! I just noticed that this is my 999th post on this blog and there have been 247,106 page views…thanks, All!

G20 Summit 2009: reversal of fortune?

Uh oh! After updating my post here on the Astrology of this week’s G20 Summit in London with the current transits of Pluto to the US and UK natal charts, I find that Julie Demboski has published her overview of this week’s Astrology – titled, ‘Reversal of Fortune” which I fret relates to the outcome of the economic Summit our president is attending.

The summit is the big  ‘plutonian’ event of the week as plutocrats assemble themselves in London from far and wide.

Read Julie’s excellent article which concerns your current personal conditions as well – she says that April 4 is the day to watch this week:

http://juliedemboski.wordpress.com/2009/03/29/mar-30th-april-6th-reversal-of-fortune/

Her post highlights the Superior Conjunction occurring this evening (edt) of Sun and Mercury at 10Ari34 and if we round off the degree to check its Sabian Symbol, what word picture do we get for ’11Aries’?

“The President of the Country.”

Dane Rudhyar, in his book  ‘An Astrological Mandala”  gives this degree’s Keynote as: ‘The power resulting from the formal integration of the collective desire for order.’ 

CENTRALIZATION OF POWER.

And Power, in human form, calls itself to order in London this week…on our behalf? Or to further promote the designs of the New World Order?

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