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.
2018 February 19
Car Orbiting Earth
Explanation: Last week, a car orbited the Earth. The car, created by humans and robots on the Earth, was launched by the SpaceX Company to demonstrate the ability of its Falcon Heavy Rocket to place spacecraft out in the Solar System. Purposely fashioned to be whimsical, the iconic car was thought a better demonstration object than concrete blocks. A mannequin clad in a spacesuit — dubbed the Starman — sits in the driver’s seat. The featured image is a frame from a videotaken by one of three cameras mounted on the car. These cameras, connected to the car’s battery, are now out of power. The car, attached to a second stage booster, soon left Earth orbit and will orbit the Sun between Earth and the asteroid beltindefinitely — perhaps until billions of years from now when our Sun expands into a Red Giant. If ever recovered, what’s left of the car may become a unique window into technologies developed on Earth in the 20th and early 21st centuries.
Moon and Uranus February 19 and 20
On February 19 and 20, 2018, the waxing crescent moon and planet Uranus both lie in front of the constellation Pisces the Fishes. It’s best to look for Uranus when the moon is out of the way. Use the moon’s location to identify the faint V of Pisces Monday or Tuesday evening, then wait for the moon to move away to look for Uranus.
On a dark, moonless night, people with extraordinary vision do sometimes spot Uranus as a faint speck of light with the unaided eye. You’ll have better luck looking for Uranus with binoculars. A good familiarity with Pisces and a detailed sky chart come in handy. Uranus is currently located inside the V of Pisces. It’s fairly near the bottom tip of the V. Look on the star chart below. Do you see the faint 4th-magnitude star Omicron Piscium? It’s visible to the unaided eye in a dark sky.
Then look for the planet Uranus in the same binocular field as Omicron Piscium.
You’ll find other useful charts on these pages:
That’s nearly 8,000 times farther than tonight’s moon.
The moon will pass out of constellation Pisces and into the constellation Aries after a day or two. But Uranus won’t move into Aries until May 2018, at which time Uranus will have moved into the morning sky.
Uranus is the 7th planet outward from our sun. It was the first the planet to be discovered via a telescope. With Sir William Herschel’s discovery of Uranus in 1781, Saturn no longer marked the outermost point of the solar system. All of a sudden, the diameter of the known solar system doubled from 10 to 20 astronomical units.
Bottom line: On February 19 and 20, 2018, the waxing crescent moon shows you the approximate position of planet Uranus on the sky’s dome.
Moon in Aries
We’re motivated by a strong desire to start fresh. A gut instinct to start something new is with us now, as well as the gumption to do so. Our pioneering impulses are strong, and we feel energetic, spontaneous, and enthusiastic. We may also be tactless and impulsive now. Excess energy is best channeled into physical activity.
The Moon in Aries generally favors the following activities: Quick actions that yield immediate results. Undertakings that involve the self and the personality. (Staying power may be lacking). Self-assertion, taking on challenges, beginning short-term projects.
In Astrology, the Moon is considered a planet — the fastest moving planet in the sky! The Moon changes zodiac sign every couple of days as it moves around the heavens which means each month the Moon goes through every sign during its lunar cycle.
When the Moon is in Aries
Regardless of what your Moon sign is, for a couple of days each month we are all affected by the transiting Aries Moon. While the Moon is in Aries, we all are a little bit faster to react. We’re all a little bit more intrigued by doing something we’ve never done before. We’re all a little bit more willing to take a risk or take a gamble by pushing into the unknown.
The weatherman may say rain, but expect some Sun to shoot through the clouds during this lunation. Aries Moon draws fire into the atmosphere, stimulating life force and vitality. You’re alive, filled with your own thoughts — it’s all about you today. Trouble is, everyone else is in the same place. Imagine a playing field with plenty of loose cannons. That’s the Aries Moon transit.
During this time, insensitive remarks can land at missile speed and detonate into conflicts. The good news is they’ll end just as quickly as they began. This Moon goes against teamwork, but it’s auspicious for personal challenges — compete against your own limits. What’s that mountain you’ve been wanting to climb? Be daring. Headaches, eyestrain or sinus difficulty imply troubling feelings have collected inside your head. Meet whatever you’ve been avoiding head-on.
Spontaneous Aries is about jumping in and taking risks without being overly concerned about the outcome. Don’t worry about commitment, and let discipline come naturally whenever it’s needed. In fact, allowing yourself to make mistakes provides the freedom required for new things to be discovered.
New Moon in Aries
When there’s a New Moon in Aries, a phase which happens in spring at the beginning of the astrological year when the Sun is in Aries, there’s no better time to take a new idea and put it into motion. We all feel like we’re at the beginning of a major cycle during the Aries New Moon. In a way, this is the time to think about the things in life that you want to explore, that you want to do, the seeds that you want to plant.
Full Moon in Aries
During the Full Moon in Aries, which happens in autumn when the Sun is in Libra, rather than wanting to plant the seeds, this is the time when we want to cultivate the energy, to harvest the seeds that we planted six months ago during the New Moon in Aries back in spring. So the Aries Full Moon is the time when those things that we started to do, that were brand new, are now either coming to fruition and working, or not. If the seeds we planted are working for us, we then have to cultivate the crop, we have to harvest — we have to do something with it. And if it’s not working, it’s time to let it go and to move on to something else.
If you were born with the Moon in Aries
You can calculate your Moon sign’s position in the zodiac (your natal Moon) if you know your exact birth time. While your astrological Sun sign represents your essential being, your Moon sign reflects your emotions, your intuition, and your instinctive responses.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and Aries energy is “initiating” energy — it’s the beginning of the astrological year and this sign is known for being bold, active, and extremely fiery.
Aries is a fire sign, and people with Moon in Aries are usually independent and happy to be on their own. They like challenges and new things, but dislike overt expressions of emotions and prefer when everyone is direct and self-sufficient. If your Moon is in Aries, you won’t like it if your loved ones are emotionally needy — you prefer direct and undemonstrative encounters.
If you were born with the Moon in Aries, there’s a sense of spontaneity at a deep, gut level — a sense of knowing immediately whether something is good or bad, whether you like it or whether you don’t like it. Moon in Aries is also quick to act … and react. This means that anyone with Moon in Aries will be quick to express their emotions, but those emotions will burn fast and hot, and then change.
The Wisdom of Buddha
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
Your Daily Charm for Today
The most powerful of all talisman indicating you or someone close to you will recover from an infection.
One of the most famous of all talismans, and used as a magical formula by the Gnostic’s in Rome for invoking the aid of beneficent spirits against disease, misfortune and death. Sanctimonious, the celebrated Gnostic physician; instructed that the letters of this magical triangle which he used for curing agues and fevers, were to be written on paper, folded into the shape of a cross, worn for nine days suspended from the neck, and, before sunrise, cast behind the patient into a stream running eastward. It was also a most popular charm in the middle ages. During the Great Plague, 1665, great numbers of these amulets were worn as supposed safeguards against infection.
Your Weekly MahJong Tile Reading
That Which is Behind You
The Peach tile represents the female spirit in its purest form. Where the Peach tile appears it is likely a woman or possibly a young girl will play an important role in outcome of your reading.
Your Current Place
Symbol: The Fisherman
The tile of The Fisherman suggests success can be attained through the application of common sense and careful management of your time and relationships. The Fisherman is thorough and patient. He knows that while his efforts will be rewarded as long as he does not give up.
That Which is Before You
The Phoenix tile indicates great happiness and joy. The Phoenix is said to be reborn out its ashes. Accordingly the Phoenix tile also denotes sure recovery from any setbacks encountered.
These are the adorable baby Fennec Foxes
I’m in love!