Posts Tagged ‘celestial happenings’
SpaceWeather has a gallery of photos of Comet Lulin now brightening in the constellation Virgo and visible to the naked eye:
Even better: get out that backyard telescope - the comet is a gassy green fuzz and set to peak on Feb 24!
Space Weather News for Monday, Dec. 1, 2008
When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look south. Beaming through the twilight is one of the prettiest things you’ll ever see–a tight three-way conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the crescent Moon. The event is visible from all parts of the world, even from light-polluted cities. People in New York and Hong Kong will see it just as clearly as astronomers watching from remote mountaintops. Only cloudy weather or a midnight sun (sorry Antarctica!) can spoil the show.
The great conjunction offers something extra to Europeans. For more than an hour on Monday evening, the crescent Moon will actually eclipse Venus. Astronomers call such an event a “lunar occultation.” Venus emerging from the dark edge of the Moon is a remarkably beautiful sight. Sky watchers across Europe will be able to see this happen.
Visit http://spaceweather.com for photos, webcasts and more information.
Space Weather News for Oct 11, 2008
NEW SUNSPOT: A “new-cycle” sunspot belonging to Solar Cycle 24 is emerging near the sun’s northeastern limb. This is the third time in as many weeks that a new-cycle sunspot has interrupted the year’s remarkable run of blank suns. The accelerating pace of new-cycle sunspot production is an encouraging sign that, while solar activity remains very low, the sunspot cycle is unfolding more or less normally. We are not stuck in a permanent solar minimum. Readers with solar telescopes should train them on the sun this weekend to observe sunspot genesis in action.
AURORA WATCH: Sky watchers from Alaska to Scandinavia should be alert for auroras tonight. A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth’s magnetic field and causing high-latitude geomagnetic storms.
Visit http://spaceweather.com for images and updates.
Space Weather News for Sept. 9, 2008
FIREBALL OUTBURST: This morning, Sept. 9th, a surprising flurry of fireballs lit up the sky over eastern parts of the United States. All-sky cameras at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, recorded 25+ meteors, most as bright as Jupiter or Venus.
A preliminary analysis by NASA astronomers suggests this is an outburst of “September Perseids,” a little-known shower that has erupted this way three times in the past century. Although the show is almost certainly over, sky watchers are advised to be on the lookout for more fireballs tonight and in the nights ahead; the September Perseids are not well understood and they could surprise us again.
Visit http://spaceweather.com for more information and updates to this developing story.
Space Weather News for Aug. 15, 2008
LUNAR ECLIPSE: This Saturday, August 16th, people on every continent *except* North America can see a lunar eclipse. At maximum, around 2110 UT (5:10 pm EDT), more than 81% of the Moon will be inside Earth’s shadow, producing a vivid red orb in the night sky visible to the naked eye even from light-polluted cities. The entire eclipse lasts more than 3 hours, so there’s plenty of time for gazing, drinking coffee, and taking pictures.
North Americans can watch the eclipse via live webcast beginning 3:30 pm EDT on Saturday afternoon. Eclipse-cam links may be found, along with time tables, visibility maps, and eclipse photo galleries, at http://spaceweather.com .
PERSEID RECAP: The Perseid meteor shower peaked on August 13th with maximum rates exceeding 130 meteors per hour. Despite interference from the bright Moon, it was arguably the best Perseid show in years. Browse the gallery starting here:
Aali’s Astrology has an interesting article written by the excellent Jeff Jawer on the discovery of the outer planets, Uranus in particular:
Uranus was discovered in Bath, England by William Herschel in 1781…just between the American and the French Revolutions. Its discovery degree is 24Gemini+ and the article gives some info concerning this degree’s turning up quite often in the charts of writers, political reformers, and astrologers.
Yes, Uranus can be a real system buster, all right, and chaos is another word often laid at its door..’its’ because it’s the only planet named after a place: the ‘sky’ or ‘heavens.’
As you know, George Bush was born with North Node conjunct Uranus which indicates mixing with unusual groups or, more specifically, ‘political associations advocating reforms’ according to Reinhold Ebertin in his book, ‘The Combination of Stellar Influences.” Bush’s conjunction is in the 19–22 degree range of Gemini…quite close as outer planets go.
Astrologers Alice Bailey (Sun 26Gem) and Dane Rudhyar (Jupiter 28Gem) are examples as are FDR and wife, Eleanor: his Mars is at 27Gem and Eleanor’s Saturn clocks in at 24Gem.
So in a sudden spree of disclosure (appropriate for Uranians such as ourselves) I shall admit to having natal Uranus 27Gem+ Rx with Secondary Progressed Uranus 26Gem. You may as well know now as well as later.
World Points 00Can-00Cap will be stimulated by the upcoming Mars-Pluto opposition on March 7. More details to be found here:
Space Weather news for Dec. 7, 2007
SUNSPOT ALERT: The sun is near the lowest ebb of the 11-year solar cycle and, until now, 2007 has been a year of very few sunspots. Enter sunspot 978: It popped over the sun’s eastern limb yesterday and is quickly becoming a behemoth.
The rapidly growing sunspot group is more than five times wider than Earth, making it an easy target for properly-filtered backyard telescopes. So far sunspot 978 poses little threat for strong solar flares, but this could change if the active region’s development continues apace.#
Al Gore Weighs In:
Here’s this morning’s post on Al Gore in Stockholm and a few other things–including mention of my recent away-from-blogging-for-a-few-days holiday fun:
and no, this post’s title does NOT refer to Gore’s waistline which I had noticed decreasing of late. Perhaps only my imagination?
“The earth has a fever” says Gore–and the linked-above sunspot is scalding as well…plus, noted astrologer Sybil Leek said that fascism rises when the earth heats up.
Considering the state of the world these days, I’d say she got it right.
image: much fun was had! my reason for a holiday trip: a little girl I know…photo by Maya.