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MERCURY FOUND TO BE TECTONICALLY ACTIVE

Images acquired by NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft show geologic features that indicate Mercury is likely still contracting today, joining Earth as a tectonically active planet in our solar system.

Previously undetected small fault scarps were observed in images collected during the MESSENGER mission’s final 18 months in orbit around Mercury, according to a new paper in Nature Geoscience [http://www.nature.com/ngeo/index.html]. During these last months of the mission, the spacecraft’s altitude was lowered allowing the surface to be imaged at higher resolutions than ever before possible.

Planetary Science Institute Research Scientist Maria Banks is a co-author on “Recent Tectonic Activity on Mercury Revealed by Small Thrust Fault Scarps.” Smithsonian senior scientist Thomas R. Watters is lead author and principal investigator of the research.

“These small-scale thrust fault scarps are orders of magnitude smaller, only a few kilometers in length and tens of meters of relief, than larger scarps previously known to exist on the surface of Mercury,” said Banks, who analyzed MESSENGER images to find and analyze these small-scale tectonic structures. “Steady meteoroid bombardment quickly degrades and destroys structures this small, indicating that they must have formed relatively recently. They are comparable in size to very young fault scarps identified on the lunar surface attributed to shrinking of the Moon.”

Fault scarps appear as cliff-like landforms. Larger, older scarps were identified in both MESSENGER and Mariner 10 images and are evidence of the global contraction of Mercury as its interior cooled causing the crust to shrink.

“The young age of the small scarps means that Mercury joins Earth as a tectonically active planet in our solar system, with new faults likely forming today as Mercury’s interior continues to cool.” said Watters, of the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the National Air and Space Museum.

Active faulting, paired with evidence for ancient faulting and also the recent discovery by PSI Senior Scientist Catherine Johnson that Mercury’s global magnetic field was present billions of years ago, offer consistent support for long-lived slow cooling of Mercury’s still hot outer core.

Slip along thrust faults associated with small lunar scarps is possibly connected with shallow moonquakes detected by seismometers deployed during the Apollo missions. Some of these moonquakes reached magnitudes of near 5 on the Richter scale. Seismometers deployed on Mercury in future missions would likely detect Mercury-quakes associated with ongoing slip events on small faults and reactivated older large faults.

Banks’s funding for this project came from a grant from NASA’s Mercury MESSENGER mission.


UPPER IMAGE….MERCURY
LOWER IMAGE…. A cluster of small lobate scarp thrust faults on Mercury’s intercrater plains (~38.90° N, 27.93° E). The longest scarp in the cluster (upper arrows) is ~4.3 km in length. (MESSENGER Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) image frame number EN1029769395M). B. Close up view of small scarp shown in A. Inset: A small impact crater ~90m in diameter (lower arrow) is potentially disturbed or crosscut (note the lack of a well-defined rim on the scarp face) by the scarp segment, and another crater ~135m in diameter (upper arrow) may be horizontally shortened. The box in B shows the location of the inset. Figure modified from Watters et al., 2016.

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The sun illuminates, individualizes, or blinds what it touches.
The moon deepens, submits to, or adopts what it touches.
Mercury tricks, enlightens, or manages what it touches.
Venus beautifies, arouses, or seduces what it touches.
Mars ignites, brutalizes, or compels what it touches.
Jupiter inflates, dumbfounds, or intoxicates what it touches.
Saturn constricts, fortifies, or coaches what it touches.
Uranus electrifies, personalizes, or disturbs what it touches.
Neptune submerges, softens, or conceals what it touches.
Pluto destroys, exposes, or controls what it touches.

thoughts on planetary rulerships & different expressions

☿  MERCURY- communication, the mind. Gemini & Virgo

  • Gemini talks before thinking (extroverted)
  • Virgo thinks before talking (introverted)

♀  VENUS- love, art, beauty, peace. Taurus & Libra

  • Taurus seeks peace within their core (fixed)
  • Libra seeks peace among others (cardinal)

MARS- energy, drive, desire. Aries & Scorpio

  • In Aries the energy is outwardly expressed (martian)
  • In Scorpio the energy is patiently contained (plutonic)

♃  JUPITER- the higher self, expansion. Sagittarius & Pisces

  • Sagittarius expands universal knowledge and ethics 
  • Pisces expands universal conscience and compassion (+neptune)

SATURN- discipline, self-control, structure. Capricorn & Aquarius

  • Capricorn builds structure to improve it (earth)
  • Aquarius questions structure to revolutionize it (air)

Aries ~ Right Brain
is imaginative, instinctive, creatively expressive, passionate, vibrant, and spontaneous. much of their life is approached through the realm of dream, impulse, and curiosity. however they can reign in on the left, considering they appreciate factual experience to call upon and black and white conviction

Taurus ~ Left Brain
taurus is an earth sign and prefer logic, strategy and evidence to base conviction upon. they operate with organization and cohesive, formulated plans. however taurus can reign in on the right, they can apply the creative to problem solving and typically have a high creative intelligence, especially for music and design

Gemini ~ Right/Left Brain
gemini is a sign of duality and focuses on fusing right and left brain functioning. on one hand, geminis are logical, intelligent, book smart, and academic. they have a good factual memory and mind for learning. on the other, they are imaginative, enchanted, curious, expressive, and impulsive. gemini is the epitome of operating from left and right hemispheres

Cancer ~ Right Brain
cancers are largely creatively and emotionally based people who function based on ideals, imaginative reverie, and pure artistry. this is an exemplary emotional intelligence. however a great mind for business, and unusually so, mathematics, means cancers are very at home in the right

Leo ~ Right Brain
leo is all about creative activity, passion, vibrancy, and radiant expression. everything the leo does is approached from an artistic perspective. their incredible leadership skills however, require a strategic and cohesive left brain emphasis

Virgo ~ Left Brain
the virgo mind is a network of data, statistics, sequence, and methodical systems. virgo appreciates sheer logic, clarity, and rational approaches. much of the virgo’s tremendous problem solving ability however generates from a subtly and mostly unknown about creative right

Libra ~ Right Brain/Left Brain
so the libra can achieve the perfect synthesis they aim for, aggressive calculation and impartial left brain reasoning pervades with the right brain’s creative idealism and propensity for colour, form, and art. the image of balance is beautiful

Scorpio ~ Right Brain
the scorpio resides in unseen worlds, pulverized by simmering passion, evoking desire, and powerful creative intelligence. there is no logic when soaked in these unconscious fortresses. however the scorpio is very much one for cultivating truth through fierce observation, logical psychological application, and a strategic, concentrated focus, their left brain operation is also profound

Sagittarius ~ Left Brain
the sagittarius bases conviction on experience and reviewed fact. they are intelligent people who appreciate truth and a cohesive plan to achieving it. however sagittarius reigns in on the right brain, considering their tremendous intuitive imagination, expansive perspective, and radiant vibrancy

Capricorn~ Left Brain
the capricorn person is largely routine based, logical, and rational. they appreciate reason, fact, and research. capricorns operate with strategic organization and concentrated focus. they dwell in their right brain when envisaging the next dream

Aquarius ~ Left Brain
the aquarius person has a scientific approach to life and experiences. they prefer research to call upon and the notion of logic and poised judgment. the aquarius however spends much time operating from the right brain, considering their inspiring creative activity, far ranging ideas, and eccentric, expressive personality

Pisces ~ Right Brain
the pisces mind operates from an almost intoxicated, idealising fragmented motion of imagery. much of the approach to life is through the creative and the emotional. they are inspired and magical. however pisces operate with ease from the left brain, considering their remarkable duality and archetypal reservoir of qualities

-C.

i behave (sun sign)

my behavior is (house of sun)

i feel (moon sign)

my feelings are (house of moon)

i think (mercury sign)

my thoughts are (house of mercury)

i express grace (venus sign)

my grace is (house of venus)

i act (mars signs)

my actions are (house of mars)


aries: assertively

taurus: indulgently 

gemini: dynamically

cancer: tenderly 

leo: emphatically 

virgo: conscientiously 

libra: passably

scorpio: secretively

sagittarius: righteously

capricorn: professionally 

aquarius: distinctly 

pisces: aimlessly 


1st house: apart of my embodiment 

2nd house: excessive 

3rd house: communicated 

4th house: protective

5th house: theatrical 

6th house: a service 

7th house: apart of my shadow 

8th house: a secret

9th house: perceptive 

10th house: public 

11th house: receptive 

12th house: incognizant

downfalls of the mercury signs
  • aries mercury:thrives on drama and lives for winning arguments
  • taurus mercury:sugarcoats everything
  • gemini mercury:never shuts up
  • cancer mercury:always tries to give advice on things that are out of their reach
  • leo mercury:needs to talk about themselves/be talked about
  • virgo mercury:micromanaging and manipulative with words
  • libra mercury:comes off as fake and never seems to be telling the full truth
  • scorpio mercury:resiliently holds grudges and has dirt on everyone
  • sagittarius mercury:brutally honest and doesn't know when to stop
  • capricorn mercury:doesn't back down from an argument even if they know they're wrong
  • aquarius mercury:never knows how to say things so they make sense
  • pisces mercury:inflicts everyone else's wounds onto themselves
zodiac + flirting

*check mercury, venus & sun

ARIES
You’re the most reckless flirt in the Zodiac!

Your instinctive flirting style is full-on, fearless and direct. Love is always an exciting challenge for you, taking risks is a big turn-on, and you adore the fun of the chase.

Maybe because Aries is ruled by Mars, the god of war, you approach the task of seduction rather like a military campaign. When you’re attracted to someone, you’re quick to take the initiative and immediately go on the offensive. Rebuffs bounce right off you, nothing really scares you (your pluckiness is legendary!), and if at first you fail to score, you simply launch another attack.

TAURUS
You’re the most seductive flirt in the Zodiac!

Your instinctive flirting style is physical, earthy and laid-back. You know how to lure the object of your desire by playing on their senses, using everything at your disposal to arouse their appetite for love.

Personal adornment, scent, food are all important elements of your armory. You’re a master of the art of sexual body language (no-one better understands the erotic power of touch). And you’re generally happy to flash the cash when necessary in order to snare your prey.

No worries if it takes a bit of time and perseverance. Your determination is legendary, and you simply keep on trying to tempt them into submission until they can resist no more.

GEMINI
You’re the most outrageous flirt in the Zodiac!

Flirting comes as naturally to you as breathing. With your quick-fire wit, you’re a master of the art of love banter. And at times - it has to be said - you can be a terrible tease!

Because Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the god of communication, your seduction technique is mainly based around the use of words. The telephone is your greatest ally, nobody text-flirts better than you - and if you wanted to, you could probably talk anyone into bed!

To you, it’s all a good laugh and if it doesn’t work out, no worries. After all, you were only joking - and it’s just a bit of a game.

CANCER
You’re the coyest flirt in the Zodiac!

Yours is a passive rather than an active flirting style. In fact there’s no real need for you ever to venture out of your shell in order to lure your prey. All you have to do is flutter your eyelashes, smile shyly and give off lots of seductive vibes.

Once they’ve made the first move though, you’re quick to follow up – with a few kind words perhaps, or an offer of help. Your trump card is your unique ability to empathize with others’ feelings and give them the sense you really care. Few can resist these subtle tactics and before they know it, they’re well and truly hooked.

LEO
You’re the most flamboyant flirt in the Zodiac!

Your instinctive flirting style is passionate, confident and full-on. For you, love is always a big number which has to be accompanied by bright lights, rockets firing and a loud fanfare. And you know exactly how to set the scene by creating an irresistible sense of theater and romance.

Because no-one better understands the power of flattery as a weapon of seduction, you’re a master of the art of giving - and receiving - compliments. Generous in your praise of others, you’re also happy to show off shamelessly to get them worshipping at your shrine. When it comes to attracting attention, you know all the tricks!

VIRGO
You’re the smartest flirt in the Zodiac!

Your natural flirting style is rather cool and unassuming - perhaps even a little diffident. But what you may lack in confidence or boldness, you more than make up for in intelligence.

For you, seduction is primarily about mental conquest - and no-one better understands the importance of first winning over the other person’s mind. You instinctively know how to lure in your prey, drawing on your sharp wit and perceptiveness. Then, by offering some indispensable piece of information or assistance, you prove your unquestionable usefulness to them. Before they know it, you old clever thing, you have them believing they couldn’t live without you!

LIBRA
You’re the smoothest flirt in the Zodiac!

Your natural flirting style is confident, easy and relaxed. No real need for you to make a big effort in order to lure your prey. You know instinctively how to turn on the charm, quickly creating a sense of warmth and intimacy that very few are able to resist.

As one of the world’s great schmoozers, you can sweet-talk just about anyone into believing they’re the most important person in your life. Whether or not you really mean it is, of course, open to question. But for the moment, at least, they’re feeling good, you’re the best of buddies - and once again you’ve proved that you’re a master of seduction!

SCORPIO
You’re the most dangerous flirt in the Zodiac!

Your instinctive flirting style is cool, calculating - and at times totally deadly! Flirting, for you, is a personal challenge that has to be won - and you’ll stop at nothing to get your prey.

Your eyes are your strongest weapon of seduction and you use these to full effect to bring the one you desire under your power. A key element of your control strategy is to find out as much as you can about the other person in order to identify their weaknesses. Personally, though, you’re careful to give away as little as possible and avoid revealing your hand too soon.

By creating a sense of mystery about yourself, you aim to keep others constantly on the hook. Before they know it, they’re fatally attracted to you - but once the thrill of the chase is over, you may already have lost interest!

SAGITTARIUS
You’re the most playful flirt in the Zodiac!

Your instinctive flirting style is open, friendly and light-hearted. For you, flirting is always a fun adventure - a chance to spread your wings, try out your luck and have a bit of a laugh. Not to be taken too seriously of course; you’re far too respectful of your own - and others’ - freedom.

More than anyone, you understand that humor is the greatest aphrodisiac. No question, wit is your most powerful weapon of seduction, and a good joke your most successful pick-up line. You learnt early on in life that clowning around wins you more friends than trying to look cool and dignified. Now you confidently use your comedian skills to score in the game of love.

CAPRICORN
You’re the shrewdest flirt in the Zodiac!

Your instinctive flirting style is serious and well organized. In fact every move is likely to be carefully planned and calculated as a means of getting what you want - you’re not one to leave things to chance! No worries if it takes a bit of time and perseverance. Your determination is legendary - and you always play to win.

Where love is concerned, you’re a pragmatic realist. No-one better understands the pulling power of wealth and status as a weapon of seduction - and you’re not afraid to flaunt your worldly achievements in order to lure your prey. For you, attracting a mate is fundamentally about winning their admiration and respect.

AQUARIUS
You’re the most shocking flirt in the Zodiac!

Flirting for you is about creating an irresistible sense of surprise and excitement that stuns the other person into submission. So what’s your magic formula? Well, simply to let it all hang out and just be yourself (okay, perhaps with a touch of dramatic embellishment!).

Because no-one better understands the power of attraction of the unusual, you’re happy to draw on all your little quirks and idiosyncrasies in order to lure your prey.

By coming across as a bit controversial, a bit rebellious, maybe a little bit off-the-wall, you aim to blow their mind. Before they know it, you clever old thing, you’ve convinced them they’ve never met anyone so amazing before - and they’re well and truly hooked!

PISCES
You’re the most beguiling flirt in the Zodiac!

Flirting for you is about weaving a little magic, employing a little subterfuge and creating a heady atmosphere of fantasy and romance. What you offer is irresistible: the promise of an escape from humdrum reality to a fairy-tale realm of love.

Certainly nothing here is ever quite as it seems - but then that’s all part of the illusion. If you’re a bit vague or indefinite, it’s not that you deliberately intend to mislead anyone. It’s just that in order to keep the dream alive, you have to avoid getting pinned down.

No question, your most powerful weapon of seduction is your limitless empathy which encourages others to step out of themselves and share their worries and troubles. Before they know it, they’re opening up their heart to you - and you’ve convinced them they’ve found a true soul mate!

Mercury + Communication
  • Aries:Give it to me straight. Get to the point. Say it like you mean it. No nitty gritty bullshit, give me the meat of what you are saying.
  • Taurus:Ease me into what you’re trying to say. Keep the communication on a practical level. No abstract ideas, ground your words into the earth and I’ll understand.
  • Gemini:However you want to explain this to me is good. I am very interested in your words. I can receive this any way you want to explain it.
  • Cancer:Communicate it to me in a way that you know I can receive. Your words strike emotional chords in my body. Be gentle as I digest it.
  • Leo:Can you explain this to me in song? Or pictures? Or dance? No? Okay well just make me feel like what you are saying holds relevance to my life and I am open ears. Also.. MAke it exciTING !!
  • Virgo:Please lay out the details for me. You speak a word and I find a million questions for clarity. I want to hear and understand everything about what you are communicating to me. Don't be vague.
  • Libra:If you really want me to hear you.. Don't be to brash, or dramatic, or all over the place. Please be concise and balanced with your communication. I appreciate what you have to say, just keep it level headed.
  • Scorpio:I want to know the truth. Give me the fucking truth. I want to know the depth. What is behind your words? What is your motive with these words? Don't you dare lie to me. I will always find out your truth.
  • Sagittarius:Give me the big picture, the philosophical concept, the dream. Ignite me with your words. Expand my mind with your communication.. I am so open.. Just don't bore me. I need a sense of purpose to listen.
  • Capricorn:If you want me to take you seriously, know your shit. Communicate factually in a mature manner. If you want me to hear you without judgement, your words must impress me. I don't have time for the wishy washy wandery words. Get to the point.
  • Aquarius:Please communicate this to me in the most abstract conceptual way you are able. If you want me to receive your communication I need to be met with intellect that causes me to really think over your words.
  • Pisces:Explain it to me in a story. I can't understand all of your crazy ass details. I need you to paint me a picture with your words.

My entry for this month Character Design Challenge! Princess Serenity!

With all the Solar’s system Sailor/Prince planets! (Based more on the character color, I know Jupiter isn’t green y’all!)

Never actually watched Sailor Moon, and I know it mostly from the fanart done by the community. I really hope I did her justice!

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I Talk About... (Mercury Sign)

Aries: …topics that fire me up.

Taurus: …my prized possessions.

Gemini: …anything I can think of.

Cancer: …anything close to my heart.

Leo: …my hopes for myself.

Virgo: …intelligent topics.

Libra: …the things I love.

Scorpio: …taboo and mysterious topics.

Sagittarius: …where I want to go.

Capricorn: …my future goals.

Aquarius: …issues with the world.

Pisces: …my dreams.