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We Just Identified More Than 200 New (Potential) Planets

The Kepler space telescope is our first mission capable of identifying Earth-size planets around other stars. On Monday, June 19, 2017, scientists from many countries gathered at our Ames Research Center to talk about the latest results from the spacecraft, which include the identification of more than 200 potential new worlds! Here’s what you need to know:

We found 219 new planet candidates.

All of these worlds were found in a patch of sky near the Cygnus constellation in our Milky Way galaxy. Between 2009 and 2013, Kepler searched more than 200,000 stars in the region for orbiting planets. The 219 new planet candidates are part of the more than 4,000 planet candidates and 2,300 confirmed planets Kepler has identified to date.

Ten of these worlds are like our own.

Out of the 219 new planet candidates, 10 are possibly rocky, terrestrial worlds and orbit their star in the habitable zone – the range of distances from a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of a rocky planet.

Small planets come in two sizes.

Kepler has opened up our eyes to the existence of many small worlds. It turns out a lot of these planets are either approximately 1.5 times the size of Earth or just smaller than Neptune. The cool names given to planets of these sizes? Super Earths and mini-Neptunes.

Some of the new planets could be habitable. 

Water is a key ingredient to life as we know it. Many of the new planet candidates are likely to have small rocky cores enveloped by a thick atmosphere of hydrogen and helium, and some are thought to be ocean worlds. That doesn’t necessarily mean the oceans of these planets are full of water, but we can dream, can’t we?

Other Earths are out there.

Kepler’s survey has made it possible for us to measure the number of Earth-size habitable zone planets in our galaxy. Determining how many planets like our own that exist is the big question we’ll explore next.

The hunt for new planets continues.

Kepler continues to search for planets in different regions of space. With the launch of our Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in 2018, we’re going to search for planets nearest the sun and measure the composition of their atmospheres. In the mid-2020s, we have our sights on taking a picture of small planets like Earth with our Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).

*All images of planets are artist illustrations.

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Little truths of the Composite Chart

There’s many layers of compatibility, a.k.a synastry. One of them, which is obviously my focus for this entry, is the Composite Chart. Now one of the things that you need to understand is the Composite Chart does not feel, you don’t feel the placements and aspects. The relationship isn’t a person, it does not feel it. Just like a lamp does not feel cranky or would not feel Venus conjunct Saturn. The composite has very important elements that you can’t just whisk of with a broom and hide under the rug. Nope. It’s a pretty important document in the relationship. I’m going to shake up a few points, some things that I would like to share, perhaps make you see the importance and help with your synastry. I also need to say, composites aren’t only for love, but for family, friendship, business, and more. This is a long post so I highly suggest you read this from my blog on a computer so it’s laid out wider and easier. This will also show you that yes look at Synastry aspects and even the Davison, but the Composite is important too. 

From the moment we laid eyes on each other 

Wrong! The composite does not say when a relationship start because it’s always existed. You can make a composite with a celebrity, it does not mean you’re in a relationship with them (unless you’re dreaming so). I will say the transits in the composite are a “chained event,” they are connected to the past. They can lead up to the events you guys met with each other. In some, fated way, the stars can use the composite progressions and transits to align you guys together. I can also imagine it to even push you guys away from meeting, which you guys would never know because you guys never met. Yet those transits/progressions don’t happen right away, it’ll manifest years if it happens to. It creates events leading to you two meeting, therefore it does not give a birth date but a little path. 

The luminaries and rising 

Composite Sun shows the purpose of the relationship, what’s its function and value of the relationship is. It’s not a feeling but a symbolic image. It’s the potential of the relationship and the highest place it can reach. (a.k.a, the rising sign of both partners will be extremely important for that).For example, Composite sun in 10th needs to be a public image couple and needs to contribute to society. They’ll seem that way because the relationships vitality comes from being a “contributing couple.”They gain respect from the public but that’s not what this composite sun wants, it wants to do something together. Something ambitious. Composite sun in 7th need someone else with the partnership too, just like a natal 7th sun does. Even if it’s a group of friends or other work partners, anything alongside this couple. Even if the composite ascendant ruler is in the 7th. These relationships rely on feedback or even validation. Like I said, it really shows the life source and growth of the relationship. It kind of makes me think where you need to grow the plant and take care of it throughly so the roses blossom. The house it’s in and even the sign says a lot. The Composite rising like the Natal, describes what the relationship looks like even if you don’t identify with it or agree with it. “Usually, when a planet is in the 1st but in a different sign from the Ascendant, it takes time for it to show itself.” For instance an Aquarius rising with Venus fifteen degrees away. It does not seem like a romantic, lovely, Venusian relationship. It seems odd, interesting, unique, confusing like Uranian. Than when outsiders stick around long enough with this pairing, they see the Venus especially when it aspects a Natal planet from an Outsider’s chart. Keep in mind, It says nothing about how you feel in the relationship. The composite Moon is the “emotional coloration” of the relationship.

You matter so much to me 

When the composite sun touches any of your/their natal planets or angles, it sheds light and connects to their own Natal Chart. It affects them and creates a sense of purpose but this isn’t common,remember you’re looking for a conjunction. When we feel like the relationship matters, the composite planets and angles land on our Natal planets/angles. Usually the tighter the orb, the stronger and the wider ones don’t make it weaker but more flexible. This is only for opposition and conjunction, and for this situation, the tighter orb is what you’re looking for. 

The Hidden Strings- (Progressed Composites &  Other Links)

Now usually composites get a rep. for being useless, but this contradicts that when you read everything above. What emphasis this and even gets more undermined is the Progressed Composite and even the Transits in the Composites. When the progressed composite conjunct/opposition one of the partner’s natal aspects, they tend to act out the progressed planet in the relationship. Example: So if a progressed composite planet triggers a Natal T square, let us say the moon, he may tend to behave a certain emotional way which isn’t evident in his chart. It activates his T-square, adding strain.You don’t notice it’s you or the reflection of your natal aspect. When a progressed angle reaches a natal planet, or vice-versa, it’s usually acted outHeavy transits aren’t always bad, for example a transit from Pluto over the composite Sun can be the birth of a new relationship. Also transits don’t end relationships, people do. A relationship can die but in a different form, and it can start a new relationship together. I also wanted to mention the Composite Nodes and transit connections can create events, synastry between composite nodes and individual planets can say a lot, and vice-versa. Also, progressed composite Nodes are sensitive. These are very few things I could share, but it’s obvious to say the Progressed Composite and Transits play a big role in a relationship. Also, just to quickly say Progressed Planets and Angles can interact with themselves as well, it doesn’t always have to be with a Natal or Composite. That point is especially important because a transit can trigger it.

The interaction

Now I think it goes to show the Composite does play a big role, and you won’t be doing yourself truthfully if you don’t look at all the layers but picking to look at only the good/bad and depriving the other side. The truth is, the composite chart can create feeling. I think a little of what I mentioned in the above section proves this element too. Not necessarily just from the Composite but when looking at it to the Natal. Also, the Composite gets split in half. Each person plays a role, even if there Natal Chart wouldn’t describe that they wouldn’t remotely play that part. A Scorpio or extremely Plutonic person can play the freedom-loving Uranian part subconsciously, it does not matter. In a sense you don’t really get to choose. After I heard about this method, I was a bit curious by it until I read a book that discussed this that made me jump into it more. The Composite and even Progressed Composite can trigger your placements as well, making your Natal aspect more alive. For example, Natal Uranus squaring composite Moon may deny the emotional layer of the relationship. The Natal to the Composite makes the Composite aspect more alive. 

Example (feel free to ignore but it can help you)

Firstly, I couldn’t share all my notes without drowning you guys but I shared enough and the world is out there for you to gain more knowledge. I put this at the end so you can skip it if you want, but I thought I should share an example of the few points I gave out… 

My best friend and I have Composite Sun in the 3rd, which is often to be felt like a sibling relationship to a lot of people and it really does. It’s something I don’t say easily but we’re extremely close to each other and she really is someone I could call a sister. That’s somewhere the full potential and vitality of our friendship is, a sister bond and good communication. It even includes traveling together, something I did not put together till now because we have all these plans to go places. 

We also have Venus-Moon conjunct in the composite, which activates both of our Natal Venus. The composite Venus also sextiles her Natal Moon, so I think it affects her more strongly than it does to me, even though sextile is a mild aspect. It’s also an aspect my Water Moon is grateful for. We have composite Neptune-Uranus conjunct, and square Mercury which activates the exact aspect in both of our Natal charts. My Natal Moon conjuncts our Composite rising, as her 4th angle conjuncts composite Jupiter. Her Sun and Moon conjunct the composite 4th angle. My ascendant conjuncts the composite 4th angle. This is just a little part of it, but voila. I have to say, these aspects both influence us greatly and since it does connect to our Natal charts, our composite does feel really alive. There’s a definite strong connection to her 4th and just the 4th angle in general, making her possibily feel at home with me. As my moon feels comfortable with her. 

I also wanted to point out something in our Composite and the emotional side in our relationship which is very ironic and explains what I said above about playing roles, even if it does not fit our Natal. I have a Natal Pisces moon and she has a Natal Gemini moon. In the Composite, the moon sextiles Saturn as that Saturn sextiles my Natal moon, triggering my Natal Saturn-Moon sextile (I obviously carry that role). Therefore even though there’s a very highly affectionate friendship, something she says no one has every brought into her, I think I play the odd role of being a little more emotionally controlled. It’s very odd because I’m extremely emotional but I see how that works. In a Venusian way I am extremely affectionate in the friendship, as she is too. Yet emotionally, I’m a tad bit more controlled than her when I want to be. It’s a sextile, being a mild but not a major aspect. It’s just a “fluff” and has more freedom, so it does not make me rigid but I do a little bit of a better job than her. It’s extremely odd because I have a Natal Pisces moon and she has a Gemini but like I said, the Composite does not care. Anyways, I hope the example helped. 

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Art for the glorious fic, Towards the Sun by the incredibly talented @pinesinthewoods and @notthistimespock!!

Astrology and Marriage Indicators: Composite Chart

* Jupiter conjunct/Trine/Sextile venus
* Jupiter in the 7th
* Saturn 1st house
* Pluto Conjunct the AC/MC
* Vertex conjunct the DC
* Juno In aspect to the DC ruler (preferably conjunction/Trine/Sextile)
* Juno Conjunct/Trine/Sextile Sun
* Juno Conjunct/Trine/Sextile Venus
* Juno Conjunct/Trine/Sextile Jupiter
* Juno same sign/house as sun
* Juno Conjunct/trine Saturn
* Sun conjunct/opposite venus
* Sun in 7th/10th
* Venus in 7th/9th
* Moon 1st/2nd/7th/8th
* Composite Cancer personal planets
* Composite AC/Sun in Libra
* Venus Sextile/Trine/conjunct Saturn
* Venus conjunct vertex
* Juno Conjunct vertex

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My current Pokemon team from Sun. The composition on this is absolutely terrible, but it was fun and good practice! Maaaaybe I’ll try again later and block out the character silhouettes first.

Their names are Stanley (Exeggutor), Wisteria (Drifblim), Hyperion (Magnezone), Jesse (Lycanroc), Porkchop (Zygarde), and Guzma (Golisopod), because I’m so original.