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A supersized lunar eclipse

posted by Lynn Hayes

I’ll be posting tomorrow about the astrological effects of the upcoming Gemini eclipse, but meanwhile please enjoy this story from NASA about the supersized “Moon Illusion.”  (Thanks to Astrococktail for the link.) During the eclipse, most of the light from […]

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Regulus moves into Virgo and the British law of succession changes

posted by Lynn Hayes

What we call the “fixed stars” (as opposed to planets, known in antiquity as the “wanderers” because they moved across the sky from the vantage point of ancient humans) are actually not so fixed.  Although they appear in the same […]

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Jupiter was almost a star

posted by Lynn Hayes

I’m mostly posting on this because it’s such a fantastic photo from the Cassini probe (Source: Daily Galaxy).  The article is pretty incredible too: Jupiter, the most massive planet in our solar system — with dozens of moons and an […]

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Decoding the Galactic Center

posted by Lynn Hayes

The Galactic Center, at 26 degrees Sagittarius, was a big topic a few years ago when Pluto transited  through that point for the first time in 244 years, but it’s not a subject that receives a great deal of astrological […]

The Universe defies expectations

posted by Lynn Hayes

I always feel a certain amount of glee when conventional science is turned on its head.  After all, conventional science pooh-poohs not only astrology, but also psychology and any other field of study which cannot be rigorously tested and duplicated […]

Pagan aspects of the Solstice

posted by Lynn Hayes

Astrologer Gary Caton has a nice article today about the pagan symbolism in the Wheel of the Year and also connects the Solstices and Equinoxes to the Tarot: there are 4 cards in the Tarot which tell the story of […]

Our Amazing Universe

posted by Lynn Hayes

CASSINI MISSION from Chris Abbas on Vimeo.

Summer eclipse season is coming

posted by Lynn Hayes

Image from NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, 2003. Solar and lunar eclipses occur when the Moon is either full (opposite the Sun) or “new” (conjunct the Sun), and one of the lunar nodes is located within 15 degrees of […]

Mercury, Venus and Jupiter: Oh my!

posted by Lynn Hayes

Mercury and Venus have been moving towards an exact conjunction over the past week, but today they align exactly.  On Wednesday May 11th the two will hook up with Jupiter as well, creating a triple conjunction of powerful magnitude. Mercury […]

Controversy abounds over new planet Tyche

posted by Lynn Hayes

From Space.com: A duo of planetary astronomers has grabbed media attention by claiming a planet four times the size of Jupiter may be lurking in the outer solar system. They call the planet Tyche. Many astronomers, however, say it probably isn’t there. […]

A monster storm on Saturn!

posted by Lynn Hayes

Universe Today reports that a storm on Saturn has turned into a monster storm, at least ten earths’ wide. Saturn has exhibited storms before, and I wrote about the one in 2006 here, but the current storm is so huge that it is […]

The Planetary K index

posted by Lynn Hayes

If you follow Spaceweather, you might have noticed that they keep track of something called the Planetary K index.  Yesterday afternoon there was a strong solar wind stream that stimulated a higher level of geomagnetic activity and a K-index reading of […]

The Geminid meteor shower and the asteroid Phaethon

posted by Lynn Hayes

Brrrr!!!!!!!!  If you can stay up past midnight tonight and tomorrow, you may enjoy the treat of hundreds of meteors falling before your very eyes. The Geminids appear to emanate from the constellation of Gemini, but evidently originate from an […]

Fighting for Pluto’s right to be a planet

posted by Lynn Hayes

Astrologers chuckle when we hear people say that Pluto is no longer a planet.  Try telling that to someone going through a gnawingly agonizing Pluto transit!   But ever since Pluto was reclassified (some say “demoted”) a few years ago, […]

Mercury has a tail!

posted by Lynn Hayes

Two satellites peering at the sun have snapped photos of Mercury’s long, comet-like tail, but it took an amateur astronomer to bring the pictures to light. The twin satellites are part of NASA’s Stereo (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) mission. They […]

Saturn like you’ve never seen it before

posted by Lynn Hayes

Wow, is all I can say.  Saturn’s not all cold and darkness, it has a beautiful side.  Perhaps that’s why it’s exalted in Libra! Photo from the Daily Galaxy  more information here…

A close encounter with Jupiter

posted by Lynn Hayes

Jupiter is approaching a close encounter with the Earth, which will make it appear beautifully bright in the sky.  The night of the closest contact will be September 21st, very close to the Autumn Equinox, but until then it will […]

A day on earth, seen from space.

posted by Lynn Hayes

Amazing.  

Stephen Hawking and the supernatural

posted by Lynn Hayes

Interesting timing, as Jupiter and Uranus continue their conjunction in Pisces, blowing apart (Uranus) the conventional wisdom and accepted belief systems (Jupiter) having to do with all that is transcendent and beyond ordinary understanding (Pisces). Stephen Hawking has created a […]

What’s the opposite of Supermoon?

posted by Lynn Hayes

Astrologer Richard Nolle coined the term Supermoon to describe the Full Moon at perigee when it’s closest to the Earth.   Last night’s Full Moon was at apogee and at its furthest from Earth, so the Moon appeared about 15% smaller than usual. The […]

An incredible aurora in Germany

posted by Lynn Hayes

thanks to Eileen Naumann for this photo from northern Germany after the solar storm:

The Sun is definitely waking up

posted by Lynn Hayes

After a prolonged “solar minimum,”  with record long periods without sunspots, the Sun has become extremely active again.  These periods of solar maximum alternating with solar minimum are a normal part of solar activity but the last solar minimum was […]

The July 11 eclipse over Easter Island

posted by Lynn Hayes

Thanks to NASA’s Astronomy Photo of the Day. Makemake, a god in Easter Island mythology, may have smiled for a moment as clouds parted long enough to reveal this glimpse of July 11’s total solar eclipse to skygazers. In the […]

The Music of the Sun

posted by Lynn Hayes

Astronomers in the UK have recorded the “musical harmonies produced by the magnetic field in the outer atmosphere of the Sun.”   The scientists converted visible vibrations into sound and sped up the frequency so that it was audible to the […]

The Sun is waking up

posted by Lynn Hayes

Recent solar flare Solar scientists met last week to discuss the higher levels of solar activity that are likely as we move out of the Solar Minimum of the past few years.  The head of NASA’s Heliophysics Division says “our technological society has developed […]

The significance of the recent Jupiter impact

posted by Lynn Hayes

Astrologers everywhere have noted with glee that as Jupiter approached its exact conjunction to Uranus, Jupiter was struck by a bit of cosmic debris or an asteroid.  Uranus relates to surprising or shocking events, potentially resulting in a dramatic change. […]

A “Golden Age” of cosmological discoveries?

posted by Lynn Hayes

Yesterday I wrote about the transition into a new 200-year Jupiter/Saturn cycle into the air element as the harbinger of new ideas and ways of thinking about our world.  Evidently cosmologists agree, and back in 2003 in a brand-new conference on the […]

Saturn’s hexagon duplicated in lab

posted by Lynn Hayes

Thanks to Rich for this link. When scientists monitoring the Voyager Mission first discovered a hexagon on Saturn (here’s an article I wrote on the subject back in 2007), it was an astonishing event.  Now researchers in Oxford appear to have […]

Low solar activity linked to cool UK winter

posted by Lynn Hayes

 Last year’s cold winter sparked a huge resurgence into the global warming debate.  If the earth is warming, why did we have a cold winter? We’ve been in a “Solar Minimum” since about 2006, a long period with virtually no […]

Moment of Zen: 2010 Hubble Images

posted by Lynn Hayes

Thank you Daily Galaxy for this amazing video.  

Mercury and Venus light up the night

posted by Lynn Hayes

Mercury and Venus are aligning in the sky and over the next week or so they will be beaming a beautifully bright light from the western sky, appearing as the brightest “star” visible in the heavens.  Normally Mercury moves a […]

The planet of transformation is always transforming

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes Fans of the planet Pluto will find this pretty interesting: Pluto is not simply a ball of ice and rock but a dynamic world that undergoes dramatic atmospheric changes. While they believe the changes are driven by […]

The astrology chart of the 2009 Winter Solstice

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes Winter Solstice, by W. L. Wikerson.  The Winter Solstice is an actual astronomical event that occurs when the earth’s tilt is farthest away from the Sun.  Today the astronomical Winter Solstice occurs at 17:47 UTC, or 12:47 […]

New sunspot cycle, finally

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes Sunspot number 1035 is growing rapidly – according to Spaceweather it is now seven times wider than the Earth.  We have been in a Solar Minimum since 2006, and during this period the Sun has been much […]

NASA prepares to shoot the Moon

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes On Friday, NASA’s LCROSS mission will crash a rocket into a crater on the lunar surface at 7:30 am Eastern time.  The mission is designed to search for surface water in the polar regions of the Moon […]

Saturn has a “massive new ring”

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes More space oddities: Astronomers have found a new ring around Saturn that is associated with Phoebe, one of its moons.  This is the largest ring found to date on the solar system and completely dwarfs the image […]

“Cosmic rays have hit a space age high”

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes No, it’s not science fiction!! According to NASA, galactic cosmic rays have intensified 19% over the past 50 years.  Scientists believe that the cause of this increase is the solar minimum which began in 2007 and is […]

Are we heading into another “little ice age?”

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes Maybe the solar warming skeptics are on to something.  As you probably know, we are in a very deep solar minimum, with over 700 days with absolutely no sunspot activity since 2004. In fact, some scientists are […]

Lake shorelines seen on Mars

posted by Lynn Hayes

Increasing the evidence that Mars once held life: Now, sub-meter-scale images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show clear, unambiguous evidence of shorelines of a lake more than 450 meters (1,476 feet) deep that formed about 3.4 billion years ago.  The study […]

Perseid meteor shower at its peak!

posted by Lynn Hayes

The annual summer show of falling stars will peak tomorrow afternoon when it will be invisible, so tonight might be our best opportunity to catch the show.    The meteor shower will be somewhat difficult to see when it peaks […]

Astronomers at IAU ignore Pluto once again

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes The International Astronomers’ Union met again this week and some star-watchers hoped that Pluto would be under consideration to regain planetary status.  Alas, it was not to be: Neither the pro-Pluto nor the anti-Pluto adherents have any […]

Astrology, the Kepler telescope, and extrasolar planets

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes The orbiting Kepler telescope has spotted a Jupiter-sized planet around another star — a sighting that demonstrates it can see Earth-like planets if they are out there, scientists reported on Thursday. The planet, called HAT-P-7b, was already […]

The Mars Hoax is back, and Venus and Mars hook up

posted by Lynn Hayes

Ever since 2003 when Mars made its closest approach to Earth in 60,000 years and loomed large in the sky with its glorious red shine, every August our email boxes fill with well-meaning messages from friends determined to inform us […]

Jupiter’s light will illuminate Neptune in the conjunction!

posted by Lynn Hayes

From Space.com: Normally to find Neptune you would need to have access to a very dark, clear sky and very carefully examine a sky chart or star atlas; an attempt to locate Neptune can then be made using a small […]

NASA and Mercury Retrograde

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes NASA seems to really like Mercury retrograde.  NASA first launched the Discovery space shuttle on August 30, 1984 when Mercury was retrograde.  The Discovery launched the Hubble telescope on April 24 1990 when Mercury was retrograde.  After […]

A new sunspot cycle?

posted by Lynn Hayes

The current Solar Minimum cycle has had 619 days of a spot-free Sun (as compared with the typical solar minimum of 485 days).  But Spaceweather reports today that a new active region on the Sun produced a Coronal Mass Ejection […]

Moon, Mercury and the Pleiades

posted by Lynn Hayes

Spaceweather offers this beautiful photo by Richard Fleet of yesterday’s conjunction of the Moon and Mercury with the Seven Sisters of the Pleaides: For more information about what makes the Pleaides so special, please refer to this earlier article. 

We are in Deep Solar Minimum

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes Thanks to Astrococktail for this link to a NASA article on the Solar Minimum, the expected period of low sunspot activity.  The Solar Minimum came right on schedule back in 2006, as I reported in this earlier […]

Do “Celestial Portals” really exist?

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes As new and ever more incredible scientific discoveries expand our awareness of what is possible, the new knowledge is beginning to overlap with ancient knowledge that was previously dismissed as fantasy or myth.   A new article on […]

The Messier Marathon: How many galaxies can you see?

posted by Lynn Hayes

When the New Moon occurs near the spring equinox and the sky is dark, there is an opportunity to view up to 110 deep sky objects as catalogued by Charles Messier. These include galaxies and nebulae and star clusters that […]

Daily Skywatch: The Moon/Venus Dance!! February 27, 2009

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes.  This is written for Eastern time zone – please adjust accordingly for your own part of the world. Planetary weather is quiet in the morning, and then the Moon brings us a delightful series of harmonious transits. […]

The Comet Cometh – the astrology of Lulin’s approach

posted by Lynn Hayes

photo from Spaceweather. Comet Lulin will make its closest approach to Earth on February 24.  Joseph Mina wrote in the comments a few days ago, “ interesting how Comet Lulin, whose orbital movement is opposite (clockwise) the planets, will conjunct Saturn during […]

The Tale of the Antikythera Mechanism

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes A new video shows a reconstruction of the Antikythera Mechanism by museum curator Michael Wright:   This is an extremely sophisticated device using a 19-year lunar cycle, which corresponds to the 19-year cycle of the lunar nodes. […]

Big Full Moon on Friday. I mean, really big!

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes According to NASA: The full Moon of Dec. 12th is the biggest and brightest full Moon of the year. It’s no illusion. Some full Moons are genuinely larger than others and this Friday’s is a whopper. Why? […]

Jupiter and Venus unite in the sky

posted by Lynn Hayes

by Lynn Hayes Jupiter and Venus will conjunct in Capricorn on December 2, and as they grow closer in the sky they will provide a beautiful show, especially as the Moon wanes and the sky darkens.  Venus and Jupiter are […]

Saturn/Uranus: Electricity found on Saturn’s Moon

posted by Lynn Hayes

Thanks to Shane for this cool article and to the Daily Galaxy for the cool image: Recently identified electrical activity on Saturn’s largest moon bolsters arguments that Titan is the kind of place that could harbor life.  At a brisk -350 […]

Harvest Moon tomorrow!

posted by Lynn Hayes

The Full Moon on the 15th is the Harvest Moon, so named because the period between  sunset and moonrise is shorter as we near the Autumnal Equinox which makes for a longer workday on the farm.   This Full Moon […]

First month with no sunspots in a century!

posted by Lynn Hayes

 Scientists report that the Sun has been free of sunspots for the first time since 1913 after a seven-month period in which only three sunspots were seen.  Back in January a new sunspot appeared to introduce the new Solar Cycle Number […]

Do galactic cycles influence earth’s history?

posted by Lynn Hayes

One of the arguments against the validity of astrology is the argument that there is no scientific evidence that humans on earth are influenced by planetary bodies.  For many skeptics there must be scientific proof that a thing is possible, […]

Solar minimum has arrived

posted by Lynn Hayes

Beginning in February of this year, the Sun has been completely blank with no sunspots. NASA solar physicist David Hathaway says “Solar minimum has arrived.” In 2004, he predicted that solar minimum, a period of low sunspot activity, would arrive […]

10th planet proves bigger than Pluto

posted by Lynn Hayes

For 5,000 years astrologers worked with the same seven planets (Mercury through Saturn – now known as the “inner planets.” The discovery of Uranus in 1781, followed by Neptune in 1846 and Pluto in 1930 changed astrology forever by introducing […]

Surprising discoveries about Uranus

posted by Lynn Hayes

In astrology, Uranus symbolizes radical change and eccentric behavior, it is the revolutionary of the zodiac. Astronomers have long known that Uranus possesses unusual features such as the fact that it is tipped nearly on its side relative to the […]

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