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Basic Astrology - The Houses

What the houses mean:

ℋouse One: This is your ‘main’ House and Zodiac sigh. It represents your personality, attitude, the first impression you give, your behaviour, and your temperament. Aries rules this house in the natural Zodiac.

ℋouse Ƭwo: The second house addresses your money and personal goods, such as your finances, possessions, savings, how you spend, your financial security, as well as your personal values. Taurus rules this house.

ℋouse Ƭhree: This house rules communication and small travels; family, neighbours, than letters, phone calls, books, cars, and so on. It additionally represents your mental attitude, learning style, the analytical mind, self expression, speech, and opinions. This house is ruled in the natural Zodiac by Gemini.

ℋouse ℱour: This house represents your domestic life; family, childhood, property, inner emotions, and psychological foundation. Cancer rules this house.

ℋouse ℱive: Children and how one related to them, love affairs (not leading to romance), pleasures, fun,enjoyments, amusement, leisure activities, and self expression through creativity. This house is ruled by Leo.

ℋouse Six: The sixth house is the domain of health and service. It rules schedules, organisation, routines, fitness, diet and exercise, natural and healthy living, helpfulness and being of service to others. It is ruled by Virgo

ℋouse Seven: This house represents marriage, committed relationships, one-on-one relationships, business partnerships, rivals, law, justice, 
(The fifth house rules love affords whereas the seventh represents deep commitments of love. It also shows what one needs from a life partner.)  It is ruled by Libra.

ℋouse ℰight: This is the House of ‘The Phoenix riding up from the ashes.’ It represents rebirth and regeneration. Your birth, death, surgeries, healing, well being, gifts, inheritance, will, legacies, and sex and attitude towards sex. This house is governed by Scorpio.

ℋouse Ɲine: This house represents long distance travel; voyages, the unknown physically and mentally, foreign places, church, religion, theology, philosophy, beliefs, languages, higher learning, literature, truth, justice, and expansion and broadening one’s horizons. Sagittarius rules this house.

ℋouse Ƭen: This house shows career and status; ambitions, aspirations, attainments, success, occupation, reputation, public image, and your identity within communities. Naturally, this house is in the order of Capricorn.

ℋouse ℰleven: Hopes, dreams, wishes… This is where your dreams come true, and if they don’t you have to wait for a specific planetary transition into this house. Aquarius rules here.

ℋouse Ƭwelve: Things that are hidden are in this house; seclusion, secrets, occult activities, psychic matters, escapism, drugs, alcohol, confinement, imprisonment, hospitals, unconscious self, dreams, hidden fears, paranoia, self-undoing, subconscious, and psychological problems. This house is rules by Pisces.

cosmic witchcraft 101: how to use astrology in cosmic witchcraft 🌌

Cosmic witchcraft is a magical practice utilizing the energy of planets and other celestial bodies. Correspondences for these bodies are drawn from science, mythology, and personal experience. Astrology is the study of planetary movements/positions and their influence on life here on Earth. While there may be some overlap between witchcraft and astrological correspondences, the use of astrological analysis is not necessary for practicing cosmic witchcraft.

Put simply, being a cosmic witch doesn’t mean you have to believe that the planets have any inherent effect on our lives here on Earth. You can draw on their power to influence things yourself without believing these influences exist in and of themselves.

Similarly, people who utilize astrology don’t have to practice witchcraft. One can take note of planetary positions and movement without the use of spells, candles, crystals, herbs, or anything else a witch might use.

Different as they may be, cosmic witchcraft and astrology can be used together to create powerful spells. Here are a few ways to utilize astrology as a tool in your practice:

  • Discover your dominant planet/sign with your natal chart and use these energies in your spells.
  • Analyze the aspects in your natal chart to uncover where you might have difficulty performing certain kinds of magic and where you might excel.
  • Stay familiar with current planetary transits to empower your spells with the most powerful planetary energies of the moment.
  • Set up a crystal grid to reflect the type of cosmic energy you want to harness using astrological aspects as inspiration. For example, if you’re looking to cast a spell using Mars, Saturn, and Pluto harmoniously, arrange a crystal grid to represent a grand trine between the three planets. If you’re looking to balance out two opposing forces, arrange them as if they are in astrological opposition.
  • Determine which magical tools to use for a spell based on the dominant elements in the sky. Is there a lack of planets in air signs? Make sure to incoporate an air element in your spell.

These are just a few ways to use astrology in your practice. I’d love to hear any other ways to combine the practices! :D

How to Determine and Interpret Your Secondary Progressed Moon Sign

So you already know your moon sign, but of course our emotions develop throughout our lives. Our progressed moon sign directs our main mode of behavior for about two and a half years. and have free calculators to show you your secondary progressed chart (this is not the same natal chart you’ve seen before). It is determined by moving your birthday one day forward for every year you get older, for example If you’re born on September 25th 1994, and you’re 22 years old, your progressed birthday would be October 17th, 1994.

You get a whole new moon sign:

Secondary Progressed Moon in Aries: At this period of time, you’re rambunctious, eager to experience life by boldly jumping into activities you haven’t done before! You probably aren’t thinking everything thru or applying caution, rather, you are living in the moment. You feel very passionate and eager to explore. Later in life you will look back at this year wishing you could have done things differently as you’ll realize you were rash and un-grounded.

Secondary Progressed Moon in Taurus: You are settling down from your previous moon sign, more inclined to be a homebody than an explorer. You are taking practical steps to get your life together, rather than putting too much emphasis on the present. You look back at yourself a year or two ago and think wow I was an idiot! Food is very important to you during this time.

Secondary Progressed Moon in Gemini: You are diversifying your interests, enthralled by learning new things as this point of life. You are gaining the ability to be more adaptable and view more possibilities of situations, rather than being obstinate about your opinions. This openness to change your mind leads you to more wisdom than the times you were stubborn.

Secondary Progressed Moon in Cancer: You are finding it in your heart to nurture other people instead of question what they said as you did before. You are feeling emotions to their fullest capacity, unless if you’re embodying the OTHER dynamic of Cancer, which is to become guarded and hardened like the crab shell, feeling afraid to let others get close to you. I encourage you to develop emotional maturity during this point of your life, finding the balance between being touchy-feely, sympathetic, and coddling others, with the strength to not let yourself form an unhealthy attachment or drown in the sea of feelings.

Secondary Progressed Moon in Leo: Now is your time to shine! At this point in life you feel the need to gain recognition and to know that others have a positive impression of you. Your ego drives you to excel in all that you do! You feel generous and creative during this time, but may be unaware of the ways that you are coming off as selfish.

Secondary Progressed Moon in Virgo: You are refining your skills at this point in life by learning specific methods, moving one step at a time, paying attention to details. You are realizing that every little thing has to be lined up in order to have a business or project be successful. You may be tempted to be critical of others who do things below your standard.

Secondary Progressed Moon in Libra: You are learning to see the bigger picture, being that open minded socialite who listens to many perspectives, instead of being stuck on narrow minded viewpoints. At this point in life you feel the need to be around other people instead of isolating yourself. You find yourself in the middle of drama out of your urge to harmonize!

Secondary Progressed Moon in Scorpio: You are soul searching at this point of your life, perhaps even facing things that are dark and uncomfortable. What happens to you during this time feels like hurtful hardships that make you stronger. You are feeling like you have to defend yourself as other people are trying to knock your confidence at this point.

Secondary Progressed Moon in Sagittarius: You are eager to seek excitement after feeling bogged down by intensity. You feel a daring compulsion to try something you would have been hesitant to do before. You are expanding your horizons at this point, maybe feeling an inclination to spirituality or understanding other cultures. You speak with such passion that you need to be wary of putting your foot in your mouth! You may end up doing something wild that gets you in trouble or maybe your spontaneity goes too far.

Secondary Progressed Moon in Capricorn: You now realize what a fool you were before and learn how to be more sensible and cautious. You are feeling things deeply, but not showing them to everyone. At this point you would rather build your life than take chances. You passionately indulge in earthly pleasures, savoring healthy practices. The shadow of this time period is feeling deprived in some way, perhaps working yourself so much that you don’t have the opportunity to be spontaneous. You aren’t feeling nurtured as other people place high expectations on you, that you realize you have to become more focused in order to succeed right now.

Secondary Progressed Moon in Aquarius: You may be feeling skeptical about ideas or people you once held dear. You are going thru a phase of being disheartened and cynical. However, you do want to socialize with that amiable, Aquarian sparkle! You have the choice to make this point of life be about forming true friendships and finding your brilliance! You feel like rebelling against rules that appear unnecessary to you.

Secondary Progressed Moon in Pisces: You feel like going with the flow and just taking life as it comes at this point. You would rather find peace than be conflict seeking right now. Use caution about not letting yourself get carried away by things or people that are too good to be true. Make it a point to ground yourself during this time as you likely have a tendency for escapism.

Stay tuned for my upcoming post about your Secondary Progressed Moon PHASE! Wouldn’t you like to know whether you’re embodying the full moon or the fresh beginnings of the new moon?

If you would like a more in depth interpretation of what your Secondary Progressed moon means for you (I can write many pages all about you), and to find yourself through understanding how all your other planets have progressed, message me for a reading! I can even predict what experiences you will have in the future based on how planetary transits interact with your progressed charts!

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Travel Posters of Fantastic Excursions

What would the future look like if people were regularly visiting to other planets and moons? These travel posters give a glimpse into that imaginative future. Take a look and choose your destination:

The Grand Tour

Our Voyager mission took advantage of a once-every-175-year alignment of the outer planets for a grand tour of the solar system. The twin spacecraft revealed details about Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune – using each planet’s gravity to send them on to the next destination.


Our Mars Exploration Program seeks to understand whether Mars was, is, or can be a habitable world. This poster imagines a future day when we have achieved our vision of human exploration of the Red Planet and takes a nostalgic look back at the great imagined milestones of Mars exploration that will someday be celebrated as “historic sites.”


There’s no place like home. Warm, wet and with an atmosphere that’s just right, Earth is the only place we know of with life – and lots of it. Our Earth science missions monitor our home planet and how it’s changing so it can continue to provide a safe haven as we reach deeper into the cosmos.


The rare science opportunity of planetary transits has long inspired bold voyages to exotic vantage points – journeys such as James Cook’s trek to the South Pacific to watch Venus and Mercury cross the face of the sun in 1769. Spacecraft now allow us the luxury to study these cosmic crossings at times of our choosing from unique locales across our solar system.


Ceres is the closest dwarf planet to the sun. It is the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, with an equatorial diameter of about 965 kilometers. After being studied with telescopes for more than two centuries, Ceres became the first dwarf planet to be explored by a spacecraft, when our Dawn probe arrived in orbit in March 2015. Dawn’s ongoing detailed observations are revealing intriguing insights into the nature of this mysterious world of ice and rock.


The Jovian cloudscape boasts the most spectacular light show in the solar system, with northern and southern lights to dazzle even the most jaded space traveler. Jupiter’s auroras are hundreds of times more powerful than Earth’s, and they form a glowing ring around each pole that’s bigger than our home planet. 


The discovery of Enceladus’ icy jets and their role in creating Saturn’s E-ring is one of the top findings of the Cassini mission to Saturn. Further Cassini discoveries revealed strong evidence of a global ocean and the first signs of potential hydrothermal activity beyond Earth – making this tiny Saturnian moon one of the leading locations in the search for possible life beyond Earth.


Frigid and alien, yet similar to our own planet billions of years ago, Saturn’s largest moon, Titan has a thick atmosphere, organic-rich chemistry and surface shaped by rivers and lakes of liquid ethane and methane. Our Cassini orbiter was designed to peer through Titan’s perpetual haze and unravel the mysteries of this planet-like moon.


Astonishing geology and the potential to host the conditions for simple life making Jupiter’s moon Europa a fascinating destination for future exploration. Beneath its icy surface, Europa is believed to conceal a global ocean of salty liquid water twice the volume of Earth’s oceans. Tugging and flexing from Jupiter’s gravity generates enough heat to keep the ocean from freezing.

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Here’s a video that myself, Hoska and Sara worked on for the 2015 Ohio Game Dev Expo. It’s not a real game but it was kind of meant to be a showcase of how audio enhances the game experience, even just in the menu!

I made a stand alone song of the tracks used which i posted a while ago but

PM tidbits and Q and A compilation 3

Some PM character related questions which were left unanswered for a while in tumblr, dA and FB 
(We’re thinking of compiling these questions to the PM/SSAF tumblr blog related character tidbits. We will try to update more after we answered the rest of the questions  )


>Turnabout PM cup sizes (Please include V-chan)
  • Mercury-girl: A
  • V-chan: AA
  • E-chan(?): ?????????
  • Mars-girl: C
  • Jupiter-girl: C
  • Saturn-girl: B/C
  • Uranus-girl: B
  • Neptune-girl: C
  • Pluto-girl: B
  • Lady Sol: D
  • Sirius A -girl: C
  • Sirius B -girl: D

>Does Sirius B remember his Red Giant stage?

As I’ve said before, the Planetary Nebula stage (the transition of Red Giant to White Dwarf Star) represent their memories fading away.
They will become ‘younger’ in appearance without any memory of their past. Sirius B may be seeing parts of his past ,but as of the current storyline,
Sirius A isn’t telling him much.

>Does Uranus love Neptune?

…All I could say is that he is quite fond of him–

>Pluto and Sol?
And is Pluto yandere?

I’m giving him the warmness and friendship of the big bro from time to time.!
All I can say is that he has a more outspoken inner self.

>Singing voices of the Planets?
  • Mercury- Husky woman-like type
  • Venus- High and slightly raspy
  • Earth- Can seem to sing in a female and male range
  • Mars- Adam Levine– //kidding
  • Jupiter- Heavenly operatic tenor kind
  • Saturn- Screamo and Deathmetal-ish
  • Uranus- Deep whispery type ikemen voice
  • Neptune- Slightly nasally and higher than Uranus; prone to stuttering

>Has Mars discovered anything unusual on Earth’s 'gifts’?

Those are definitely NOT camera lens! Not at all, haha, move along~
……………..he bought it.

>I’ve read somewhere that Moon’s surface and Mercury’s look similar.

Luna’s shocked to hear that she and Mercury have the similar body type haha
…or is that Mercury’s scream I’m hearing…

>Alter!Planet names?

Yeah. Someone suggested me before about using the Greek names and I kinda find them interesting.

>Is Jupiter’s great Red Spot somewhere in his clothing?

…I-it’s part of his body; in his southern hemisphere.

>How to tell the differences between different celestial bodies and other characters in PM/SSAF

Mendacious Cosmic Potions: The Astrology of Nightmares

Carl Jung relates dreams to access point of the collective unconscious, and our sleep time reverie frees our astral body into flight and allows us to dance in mystic divine riches of the subconscious realm. Dreams are a hidden language of the soul and a way communicate invented by the heavenly beings. After one of my friends mentioned experiencing horrific nights I wondered what the relation was with astrology and nightmares. Nightmares are the screams of the subconscious and the attention grab of the ego, and in astrology, traditionally relate to dream planet Neptune and Pisces’s home in the Twelfth House. Dreams are a method of conscious detox and relate to the celestial rhythms transmuted by the Sun and the Moon. In astrology, the Sun awakens consciousness and travels through each of the twelve houses hour by hour. During midnight, the Sun finds a home in the watery fourth house where we divulge into the therapists chair into the unconscious and its hourly movement into the third house of imagery, messages and communication mean the broadcasting of inner world shrieks burst into light. The ruler of the Fourth House, The Moon, governs dreams and sleep, and the Fourth house’s relation to the inner psyche means its perceived conscious traumas and distress are replayed through dream time trance. Astrologically, dreams represent a moment in time we are seated in the self psychologist chair and confronted with the cinema and alerted by the torments and divine messages of our soul, subconscious and conscious experiences.

Watery cosmic bodies such as Neptune and Pisces, the eternal oceanic stream, the Moon and Cancer, our nightfall lantern and the Twelfth House of the infinite oversoul are the dreamweavers and play with us under sedative fog. Natal aspects and transits around Mercury (thought, environmental receptivity, mind) and Neptune, Moon and Neptune and the transformative and replenishing energies of Pluto are linked to intense dreamstates that can border into trauma. A chronic sufferer of nightmares, Edgar Allan Poe was born with his natal Moon conjunct Pluto in Pisces, and my friend who is a victim of tormenting night terrors has her natal Mercury in Virgo square Pluto conjunct the fourth house. Pluto relates to the unconscious, and its toxic macabre frequencies are enough to ignite the nuclear shockwaves of inner world demons through the psyche; and under the hypnosis of deceptive Neptune can stir nebulous fears of ghosts and spirits, wretched anxieties, imaginative horror and nightmares that spill into living reality. Aspects around Mercury, Neptune in the eighth or twelfth house lure the mental faculties to divulge into the unseen world of poltergeists and those who have crossed over and experience dreams involving death, psychic messages, trauma and anything obscure or hidden. The movement of planetary transits and the reflection of the everyday life experience through dreams may correlate to intense Pluto, Neptune or Saturn transits where distress and trauma transpires and filters through nightmares.

New planet-hunting telescope to join search for alien Earths In 2024

How could life arise in young solar systems? We’re still not sure of the answer on Earth, even for something as basic as if water arose natively on our planet or was carried in from other locations. Seeking answers to life’s beginnings will require eyes in the sky and on the ground looking for alien worlds like our own. And just yesterday, the European Space Agency announced it is going to add to that search.

The newly selected mission is called PLATO, for Planetary Transits and Oscillations. Like NASA’s Kepler space telescope, PLATO will scan the sky in search of stars that have small, periodic dips in their brightness that happen when planets go across their parent star’s face.

“The mission will address two key themes of Cosmic Vision: what are the conditions for planet formation and the emergence of life, and how does the solar system work,” stated ESA, referring to its plan for space science missions that extends from 2015 to 2025.

PLATO will operate far from Earth in a spot known as L2, a relatively stable Lagrange point about 1.5 million kilometers (930,000 miles) away from Earth in the opposite direction from the sun. Sitting there for at least six years, the observatory (which is actually made up of 34 small telescopes and cameras) will examine up to a million stars across half of the sky. A 2010 science proposal of the mission suggests that the satellite gather enough planetary transits to achieve three things:

  • Find “statistically significant” Earth-mass planets in the habitable regions of several kinds of main-sequence stars;
  • Figure out the radius and mass of the star and any planets with 1% accuracy, and estimate the age of exoplanet systems with 10% accuracy;
  • Better determine the parameters of different kinds of planets, ranging from brown dwarfs (failed stars) to gas giants to rocky planets, all the way down to those that are smaller than Earth.

Adding PLATO’s observations to those telescopes on the ground that look at the radial velocity of planets, researchers will also be able to figure out each planet’s mass and radius (which then leads to density calculations, showing if it is made of rock, gas, or something else).

“The mission will identify and study thousands of exoplanetary systems, with an emphasis on discovering and characterising Earth-sized planets and super-Earths in the habitable zone of their parent star – the distance from the star where liquid surface water could exist,” ESA stated this week.

Image credit: ESA – C. Carreau

TESS: The Planet Hunter

So you’re thinking…who’s TESS? But, it’s more like: WHAT is TESS? 

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is an explorer-class planet finder that is scheduled to launch no later than June 2018. This mission will search the entire sky for exoplanets — planets outside our solar system that orbit sun-like stars.

In the first-ever space borne all-sky transit survey, TESS will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants, orbiting a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances.

The main goal of this mission is to detect small planets with bright host stars in the solar neighborhood, so that we can better understand these planets and their atmospheres.

TESS will have a full time job monitoring the brightness of more than 200,000 stars during a two year mission. It will search for temporary drops in brightness caused by planetary transits. These transits occur when a planet’s orbit carries it directly in front of its parent star as viewed from Earth (cool GIF below).

TESS will provide prime targets for further, more detailed studies with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), as well as other large ground-based and space-based telescopes of the future.

What is the difference between TESS and our Kepler spacecraft?

TESS and Kepler address different questions: Kepler answers “how common are Earth-like planets?” while TESS answers “where are the nearest transiting rocky planets?”

What do we hope will come out of the TESS mission?

The main goal is to find rocky exoplanets with solid surfaces at the right distance from their stars for liquid water to be present on the surface. These could be the best candidates for follow-up observations, as they fall within the “habitable zone” and be at the right temperatures for liquid water on their surface.

TESS will use four cameras to study sections of the sky’s north and south hemispheres, looking for exoplanets. The cameras would cover about 90 percent of the sky by the end of the mission. This makes TESS an ideal follow-up to the Kepler mission, which searches for exoplanets in a fixed area of the sky. Because the TESS mission surveys the entire sky, TESS is expected to find exoplanets much closer to Earth, making them easier for further study.

Stay updated on this planet-hunting mission HERE.

Want to learn more? Join our Twitter Q&A on May 18 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Use #AskTESS for questions!

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Mercury In the Spotlight

For more than seven hours on Monday, May 9, Mercury will be visible as a tiny black dot crossing the face of the sun. This rare event – which happens only slightly more than once a decade – is called a transit.

Although Mercury whips around the sun every 88 days – over four times faster than Earth – the three bodies rarely align. Because Mercury orbits in a plane 7 degrees tilted from Earth’s orbit, it usually darts above or below our line of sight to the sun. As a result, a Mercury transit happens only about 13 times a century. The last one was in 2006, and the next one isn’t until 2019.

When: On May 9, shortly after 7:00 a.m. EDT, Mercury will appear as a tiny black dot against a blazing backdrop, traversing the sun’s disk over seven and a half hours. Mercury will cross the edge of the sun (ingress) after 7:00 a.m. EDT. The mid-transit point will occur a little after 10:45 a.m. EDT, with egress around 2:30 p.m. EDT.

Where: Skywatchers in Western Europe, South America and eastern North America will be able to see the entirety of the transit. The entire 7.5-hour path across the sun will be visible across the Eastern U.S. – with magnification and proper solar filters – while those in the West can observe the transit in progress at sunrise.


Unlike the 2012 Venus transit of the sun, Mercury is too small to be visible without magnification from a telescope or high-powered binoculars. Both must have safe solar filters made of specially-coated glass or Mylar; you can never look directly at the sun. We’re offering several avenues for the public to view the event without specialized and costly equipment, including images on, a one-hour NASA Television special, and social media coverage.

The Science…Why are Planetary Transits Important?

Transits like this allowed scientists in the 17th century to make the first estimates of Earth’s distance from the sun. Transit observations over the past few centuries have also helped scientists study everything from the atmosphere of Venus to the slight shifts in Mercury’s orbit that could only be explained by the theory of general relativity. Because we know Mercury’s size and location precisely, this transit will help scientists calibrate telescopes on solar observatories SDO, SOHO, and Hinode

Transits can also teach us more about planets – both in and out of our solar system. The Venus transit in 2012 provided observations of the planet’s atmosphere. Transits are also the main way we find planets outside the solar system, called exoplanets.

The transit method looks for a drop in the brightness of a star when a planet passes in front of it. This method will not find every planet – only those that happen to cross our line of sight from Earth to the star. But with enough sensitivity, the transit method through continuous monitoring is a great way to detect small, Earth-size planets, and has the advantage of giving us both the planet’s size (from the fraction of starlight blocked), as well as its orbit (from the period between transits). Our Kepler/K2 mission uses this method to find exoplanets, as will the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellites, or TESS, following its launch in 2017/2018. 

We will stream a live program on NASA TV and the agency’s Facebook page from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – an informal roundtable during which experts representing planetary, heliophysics and astrophysics will discuss the science behind the Mercury transit. Viewers can ask questions via Facebook and Twitter using #AskNASA.

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NASA’s SDO Captures Mercury Transit Time-lapse

Around 13 times per century, Mercury passes between Earth and the sun in a rare astronomical event known as a planetary transit. The 2016 Mercury transit occurred on May 9, between roughly 7:12 a.m. and 2:42 p.m. EDT.

The images in this video are from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO.

Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Genna Duberstein

First exoplanet visible light spectrum

The exoplanet 51 Pegasi b lies some 50 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Pegasus. It was discovered in 1995 and will forever be remembered as the first confirmed exoplanet to be found orbiting an ordinary star like the Sun. It is also regarded as the archetypal hot Jupiter – a class of planets now known to be relatively commonplace, which are similar in size and mass to Jupiter, but orbit much closer to their parent stars.

Since that landmark discovery, more than 1900 exoplanets in 1200 planetary systems have been confirmed, but, in the year of the twentieth anniversary of its discovery, 51 Pegasi b returns to the ring once more to provide another advance in exoplanet studies.

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Mercury passes in front of the Sun, as seen from Mars

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has imaged the planet Mercury passing in front of the sun, visible as a faint darkening that moves across the face of the sun.

This is the first transit of the sun by a planet observed from any planet other than Earth, and also the first imaging of Mercury from Mars. Mercury fills only about one-sixth of one pixel as seen from such great distance, so the darkening does not have a distinct shape, but its position follows Mercury’s expected path based on orbital calculations.

“This is a nod to the relevance of planetary transits to the history of astronomy on Earth,” said Mark Lemmon of Texas A&M University, College Station, a member of the Mastcan science team. “Observations of Venus transits were used to measure the size of the solar system, and Mercury transits were used to measure the size of the sun.”

The observations were made on June 3, 2014, from Curiosity’s position inside Gale Crater on Mars. In addition to showing the Mercury transit, the same Mastcam frames show two sunspots approximately the size of Earth. The sunspots move only at the pace of the sun’s rotation, much slower than the movement of Mercury.

Many viewers on Earth observed a Venus transit in June 2012, the last visible from Earth this century. The next Mercury transit visible from Earth will be May 9, 2016. Mercury and Venus transits are visible more often from Mars than from Earth, and Mars also offers a vantage point for seeing Earth transits. The next of each type visible from Mars will be Mercury in April 2015, Venus in August 2030 and Earth in November 2084.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Texas A&M

InLove Article and other stuff

To all the Anons who have asked me about this and other questions - I apologize that I’m not answering each question individually, but figure this will cover most of the issues you’ve asked about.

1. What occurred to me about his InLove statement is that I think he believes that this is what falling in love is SUPPOSED to be - this is what Meryl thinks. I.e. her comment about dating friends that she’s known for years. Also, I think she commented about how she and Maks lived in different cities.

This is what his Venus in Pisces is telling him - saying what someone else wants him to say and trying to love in the way someone else wants him to love. Much of his anger and frustration comes from this.

I think he would like to be in love with Peta - she fits this meme, but he isn’t.  How frustrating is that when you are actually in love with someone who doesn’t hang in the same crowds that you do? Or that you weren’t friends for years before dating and falling in love.

The truth is you fall in love when you meet the person that touches your heart - I’ve known people who met and married within weeks and are still married and in love. You cannot define love or predict when and where it will touch your life.

2. Is Meryl in a serious relationship? Only with her career and the goals she has set for her life. My anon suggested that she may never marry. This is a good possibility if she and Maks aren’t able to get on the same page. He is the only one who has been able to break through the Meryl bubble. Were he around her more, we would see more of the woman we experienced when they dance.

Not that the Meryl we see in VB ads, or skating, or working with her charities isn’t a wonderful woman. She is that, but there is so much more to her than that. With Maks, they are super stars and have a power greater than each of them has as an individual.

Maks has been criticized here quite a bit for his lack of emotional maturity and being scattered - Really? How many people to you know who are friends with their former lovers? How many people do you know who supported their families when they were 16? How many people do you know who help put friends through school by giving them jobs? Or helping create a show where the teachers at your business can dance as the professionals they are?

Meryl, on the other hand, is lauded for mapping her life out for the next 10 years. Let me tell you, that doesn’t work. It’s one thing to work your entire life for an OGM, but it’s not the norm and not the way most people live. She said herself that it takes a certain form of insanity. Let me add here - that Maks has worked at his career as a dancer for 31 years.

There is an old saying that life happens when people are making plans. The reality is that as we live our lives new and sometimes more exciting and compelling things come along and we take a different route. To continue with a plan just because you thought that was what you wanted at 21, when something more enticing comes along when you are 27 is foolhardy.

My cousin wanted to be a teacher, but she met a man before she got her degree and they got married and had two kids. When the kids were in school, she went back to school, got her degree and became a teacher. That’s how real life works.

At one time I said that Maks often can’t see the forest for the trees - he gets busy with details and fails to look at the whole picture - that was this summer when he was running around with his Vodka and his jewelry and talking about acting lessons and charity projects. Many of us wondered - what is this all about and where is this taking you? We are still wondering. I have no doubt he has projects beyond SWAY, but they need cohesion. These are his planets, particularly his Mars, in Virgo. Virgo is about the small points and details.

With Meryl, she can’t see the trees for the forest - she is so focused on the future plans that she’s not really noticing what’s going on right now. This is her Sagittarius ascendant, Saturn and Uranus. Sag tends to see the end result and don’t understand all the steps along the way and that sometimes the way changes.

These are the biggest challenges to them - blending their different styles which could actually work well in a life together if given a chance.

3. I have written a lot about Peta if you want to go back a ways on the blog. Essentially, though, she and Maks have some very strong ties to one another and have or have had stuff to work out. This is one of the reasons they are likely back together right now. Thing is, unless you find the cause of the problems and change yourself for yourself (not for the other person) the same issues will arise.

So despite some real love and attraction that is there, they tend to be poisonous to one another and bring out the worst rather than the best. The Woman’s Day IG is an example of the darkness there.

4. M&M’s Davison relationship chart has some challenges, but it suggests a loving and warm relationship WHEN THEY ARE TOGETHER. When apart, Meryl disassociates herself from him. In her defense, this is just who she is - it’s nothing personal. She was born a very independent and self-contained person. She loves her friends deeply and is loyal and devoted, but she essentially doesn’t necessarily need or want anyone in her life to keep her from what she wants to do. Maks, on the other hand, is there 100%. This is obvious to anyone who is really paying attention.

5. M&P’s Davision relationship chart is just not good - I’ll leave it at that.

6. There will likely be more dust ups before this is over. The planetary transits for all of them are still active and we have only seen a smidgen of what is going on. It’s possible that M&P will become engaged, but I would be hard pressed to believe that they will marry.

7. The earliest that M&M would marry would be fall of 2016. This is not a prediction, just a comment based on the movement in her chart. She won’t be experiencing her Saturn return until next year. By that time, Pluto will have also moved away from Maks’ Moon.

8. SWAY is taking place during Mercury retrograde - I have no idea how that will affect the program, except, expect the unexpected. Anyone who is going, please double/triple check your tickets, hotel and airline bookings. There may be delays in travel plans, so try to go early rather than waiting to the last minute.

That said, I had a dream about the show the other night and it was sold out and everyone was having a great time. I hope that’s a great premonition.

If I missed something, let me know. I hope I covered most of the bases here.