Astronomy Picture of the Day – Combined Solar Eclipse Corona from Earth and Space

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2016 April 12

Combined Solar Eclipse Corona from Earth and Space
Image Credits: J. Vilinga (Angola, IAP), LASCO, NRL, SOHO, ESA, NASA;
Processing: R. Wittich; Composition & Copyright: S. Koutchmy (IAP, CNRS)


Explanation: Sometimes, a total eclipse is a good time to eye the Sun. Taking advantage of an unusual juxtaposition of Earth, Moon and Sun, the featured image depicts the total solar eclipse that occurred last month as it appeared — nearly simultaneously — from both Earth and space. The innermost image shows the total eclipse from the ground, with the central pupil created by the bright Sun covered by a comparatively dark Moon. Surrounding the blocked solar disk is thetenuous corona of Sun imaged in white light, easily visible from the ground only during an eclipse. Normally, this corona is hard to track far from the Sun, but the featured montage matches it to false-colored observations of the Sun from NASAand ESA’s space-based, Sun-orbiting, Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). Observations like this allow the study of the constantly changing magnetic activity both near and far from the Sun, the same activity that ultimately drives Earth’s auroras.

Earth Sky News for April 12: Moon in Winter Circle on April 12

Moon in Winter Circle on April 12

Tonight – April 12, 2016 – look for the moon and Winter Circle stars. It’s difficult to convey the humongous size of the Winter Circle, this lasso of brilliant stars that fills our western sky at dusk and nightfall. But you can see the circular pattern of stars around the moon tonight.

The Winter Circle stars aren’t the brightest star-like object in the sky on these April, 2016 evenings. Instead, the brightest “star” in the evening sky is actually the planet Jupiter. The king planet will be hard to miss, because Jupiter ranks as fourth-brightest celestial body to light up the heavens, respectively, after the sun, moon and the planet Venus. But throughout April of 2016, Venus will sit in the glare of the rising sun and will not be all that easy to catch before sunrise (especially in the Northern Hemisphere).

The Winter Circle can be seen from the Southern Hemisphere, as well. If you’re in that part of the world, the star Sirius will appear at the top of the Circle and the star Capella at the bottom (if you can see Capella at all; it’s far to the north on the sky’s dome).

No matter where you live worldwide, observe the Winter Circle at dusk/nightfall because the Winter Circle stars that loom low at nightfall will sink below the horizon by early evening.

Bottom line: Use the moon on April 12, 2016, to find the bright stars of the Winter Circle!



Bruce McClure

Your Ancient Symbol Card for April 12th is Solitude

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today


Solitude is represented by a single person standing at the end of a boardwalk staring out at a vast, empty panorama. They are truly alone, but may not feel loneliness. They are at a place in their life where the need to withdraw from the our secular world is strong, because their focus should be on their inner self, their morality, and their dreams. The view before them is empty, but it is a canvas on which they may paint their future–a future restricted only by the size of their imagination and courage. For them Solitude is a choice. They chose to take the walkway that distances them from the rest of us. It is also a choice that can be undone. Just as they chose to take a path that leads them away from us, they may choose to turn around and come back at anytime.

As a daily card, Solitude suggest a period in which you need to distance yourself from those around you and explore your inner-self, what is driving your day to day life and decide if you are really on the life path that is best for you. This is a time to revitalize your spirit, and draw your dreams for the future.

Casting the Stones, Your Planetary Reading for the Week of April 12

Your Planetary Reading for the Week of April 12


Your Self Overall for this Week


Tiwaz is the Warrior Rune. It represents pure, masculine power and the ability to successfully fight to meet your goals. However, you must be careful that costs of attaining your goals overshadow their values.




Matters Concerning Your Home this Week (The Moon Rune)


Naudhiz may foretell needs unmet and friction in relationships. You may be in a time where you should be very careful in whatever endeavor you take on. Also it may be that you are about to learn some of life’s hard lessons and come out the other side of this period a stronger being.



Matters Concerning Business, Skills and Integrity This Week (The Rune of Mercury)


Thurisaz reversed often represents your inability to come to terms with repressed issues. It is a warning that if you do not purge past demons they may return to harm you. This Rune is also indicative of a time when you should not act on impulse.



Matters Concerning Love This Week (The Rune of Venus)


Gebo represents the coming of gifts and favors. While each are usually positive events, they often carry obligations with them. Gebo often represents strong bonds such as deep friendships and marriage.




Matters Concerning Hostility, Opposition and Aggression This Week (The Rune of Mars)


Uruz reversed may represent a time of discord in your life and a disassociation from your inner strengths. You may be in a rut—absent of goals or challenges. The power to change this lies within you. While opportunities may seem to be nonexistent, they are there and waiting for you to find them.



Matters of Finance, Acquisition and Wealth This Week (The Rune of Jupiter)


The Sun Rune, denotes power and strength. That which you want may be attained. Sowilo also denotes mental clarity and added warmth to your relationships




The Final Outcome for this Week


Fehu reversed represents material stagnation, possibly poverty as well as infertility.

Your Weekly Tarot Card Reading for April 12th






Weekly Tarot Card Reading

A one-card reading gives you a glimpse at what’s coming

By Brigit EsselmontVideos, Tarot Reader, Tarot Cards, Tarot

For the week of April 11, I chose the Eight of Cups, reversed.

The Eight of Cups often signifies a disappointing situation, but in the reversed position, it means you may have recently walked away from a disappointing situation that was no longer meeting your needs. However, there’s still an emotional ‘cord’ that is holding you to this situation and causing you to doubt yourself about whether you’ve made the right decision to move on.

If you’re feeling this emotional attachment, ask yourself whether it is serving you or holding you back. There may be some unresolved issues to work through before you can completely move forward with your life.

This week, keep telling yourself that you’ve made the right decision and that better things lie in store for you! Go with your gut, and also trust that you know the best path for yourself. Now is not the time to get depressed or anxious — if you’re still having doubts, ask a mentor or friend for advice.


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