Sky maps: May 31, June 1, 2, 3, 4. www.spaceweather.com
Any night this week, step outside after midnight and look south. You'll see Jupiter, Saturn and Mars arranged in a bright line across the starry sky. The Moon can be your guide. It's hopping from one planet to the next with beautiful conjunctions on June 1st (Moon-Saturn) and especially June 3rd (Moon-Mars). Enjoy the show!
Sky maps: May 31, June 1, 2, 3, 4. www.spaceweather.com
Venus and Jupiter are converging in the sunset sky for a close encounter on Aug.27th. Yesterday in the Snowy Mountains of NSW Australia, Phil Hart photographed the two bright planets approaching one another with Mercury looking on:
"A highlight of six days backcountry skiing in NSW was the planetary alignment of Venus, Mercury and Jupiter," says Hart. "It took a few nights to get the weather and scenery to cooperate, but after an hour of traipsing around and lying down in the snow, I managed to capture this shot on our last night out."
The view will improve in the evenings ahead as the distance between Jupiter and Venus decreases. At closest approach on Aug 27th, the two worlds will appear only about 1/15th of a degree apart. If you hold a pencil at arm's length, the eraser would cover both planets at once. Moreover, Venus and Jupiter will easily fit within a telescopic field of view--an amazing sight if you have a backyard telescope.
Remember, though, that a telescope is not required. Venus and Jupiter are bright enough to see with the naked eye even from light-polluted urban areas. Try to catch them about 30 minutes after sunset before the sky fades completely black. The sight of two planets in conjunction surrounded by twilight blue is extra-beautiful.
“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light,
and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.
Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.”
When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look up. There's a celestial triangle in the southern sky: the waxing full Moon, red Mars, and golden Saturn. Try to catch them before the sky fades completely black. The Moon and planets surrounded by twilight blue look extra-beautiful. [sky map]
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The Great Naked-Eye Planet Show of 2016 is reaching its peak. For the next week, the five brightest planets in the solar system can be seen, all at once, in a great line stretched across the pre-dawn sky. Denis Crute photographed the quintet on Feb. 2nd just before daybreak at Woolgoolga, Australia:
Crute took the picture using a Nikon D5200 digital camera set to ISO 3200 (f3.5) for a 2 sec exposure. Other photographers may wish to note those settings, because there are some excellent photo-ops in the mornings ahead. On Feb. 3rd, the Moon will pass by Saturn in the constellation Virgo: sky map. On Feb. 6th and 7th, the slender crescent Moon will form a lovely shape-shifting triangle with Venus and Mercury: sky map.
Set your alarm for dawn. There's a lot to see. www.spaceweather.com
The mainstream media is buzzing with news about astronomy: From now until Feb. 20th, anyone who wakes up before sunrise can see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter all at once, no telescope required. These are the five brightest planets, and they are a beautiful sight lined up from east to west in the predawn sky.
Although the planets can be seen any morning for the next 4 weeks, there are some dates of special interest. As January ends and February unfolds, the Moon will hop from planet to planet, acting as a can't-miss guide for novice sky watchers. The action begins on Jan. 27th when the waning full Moon passes less than 5o from Jupiter: sky map. Next, on Feb. 1st, the half Moon is only a few degrees from the red planet Mars in the constellation Libra: sky map. Two mornings later, on Feb. 3rd, a fat crescent Moon passes by Saturn, only a few degrees away: sky map. And finally, best of all, on Feb. 6th, the slender cresent Moon forms a lovely triangle with Venus and Mercury just ahead of the morning twilight: sky map.
Circle these dates on your calendar--and set your alarm for dawn. The Great Naked-eye Planet Show is a great way to start the day. www.spaceweather.com
Jonathan Hepburn : ABC News, Australia : 20 Jan 2016
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The five planets will appear in a line from low in the East to high in the North.
For the first time in a decade, all five planets visible with the naked eye form a line across the sky this morning, in a rare celestial event expected to continue until February 20.
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn were visible early this morning, high in the north to low in the east, Museum Victoria astronomer Dr Tanya Hill said. The remaining planets Neptune and Uranus and the dwarf planet Pluto are not visible with the naked eye, but Dr Hill said the five bright planets have been observed since ancient times. "There are only a few amazing things in the night sky that can be seen without any equipment," Dr Alan Duffy from Swinburne University said.
The viewing window this morning was between 5:30am and 5:40am (AEDT), however stargazers in Melbourne reported a cloudy sky made planet spotting difficult. The times will expand to an hour-long opportunity between 5:00am and 6:00am until February 20.
Dr Duffy suggested finding a clear horizon and a dark sky to witness the celestial arrangement, which will be easiest outside cities, and to try on more than one morning to get the best view.
Dr Hill said Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn have been visible together since the beginning of the year and will now be joined by Mercury, which is transitioning from an evening to a morning object. "At first it will appear quite low to the eastern horizon and of all the planets it is also the faintest, so it will be hard to see to begin with," Dr Hill said. "However, Mercury will continue to rise higher each morning and by early February it will sit just below bright Venus."
The order of the planets will not be the same as their order from the Sun. Starting from the eastern horizon, Mercury (1) and Venus (2) will appear in order, then Saturn (6) followed by reddish Mars (4), with the solar system's largest planet, Jupiter (5) the last one in line.
The line formed by the planets closely follows the path of the sun across the sky, a line called the ecliptic, Dr Hill explained. "This path marks the plane of our solar system, visual proof that the planets, including Earth, all orbit the Sun on roughly the same plane," she said. However, each planet has a different yearly cycle, from Mercury's 88 Earth days to Saturn's 29.7 Earth years, so an alignment is reasonably rare and "essentially a quirk" of the universe, Dr Duffy said.
To help in identifying the planets, Dr Hill said the Moon will travel past each one in turn, beginning with Jupiter on January 28 and ending with Mercury on February 7. The Moon will pass by Mars on February 1 and 2, Saturn on February 4 and Venus on February 6.
Dr Hill said the five planets will be together again in the evening sky in August, but then not until October 2018.
The Great Way is not difficult for those not attached to preferences. When the fundamental nature of things is not recognized, the mind’s essential peace is disturbed to no avail. The Way is perfect as vast space is perfect, where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.
Indeed, it is due to our grasping and rejecting that we do not know the true nature of things. Live neither in the entanglements of outer things, nor in ideas or feelings of emptiness. Be serene and at one with things and erroneous views will disappear by themselves.
Don’t waste your time in arguments and discussion, attempting to grasp the ungraspable. Each thing reveals the One, the One manifests as all things. To live in this Realization is not to worry about perfection or non-perfection. To put your trust in the Heart-Mind is to live without separation, and in this non-duality you are one with your Life-Source.
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If you love stargazing, there's a date you should mark on your calendar. It's June. That's right, the whole month. Throughout the month of June 2015, the two brightest planets in the night sky are converging for an amazing sunset sky show. At closest approach on June 30th, Venus and Jupiter will be less than 1/3rd of a degree apart. Even now, a month ahead of time, the gathering is beautiful. Leo Caldas sends this picture from Brasilia, Brazil:
"The Hubble Space Telescope flew by the planets just as I was photographing the conjunction," says Caldas. "Perfect timing."
In the weeks ahead, Venus and Jupiter will draw steadily closer together. You can see the distance shrink every night. Dates of special interest include June 12th, when Venus passes by the Beehive star cluster. Using binoculars, scan the sky around Venus to observe the cluster. On June 19th, the crescent Moon joins Venus and Jupiter to form a bright isosceles triangle in the sunset sky. One night later, on June 20th, the triangle reappears with shape-shifted vertices. From then until the end of the month, the converging planets will rush together, seemingly on a collision course, but actually en route to a near-miss on June 30th-July 1st.
Keep an eye on the sunset sky for the rest of the month.
CBS News : 01 Apr 2015
The total phase of the lunar eclipse will only last about 5 minutes, making it the shortest lunar eclipse of the century on the morning of Easter Vigil, traditionally observed as the period between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The eclipse also falls within the first night of Passover, observed by Jews worldwide beginning Friday at sunset.
Some total eclipses last for more than an hour, in this case, totality spans just 4 minutes and 43 seconds since the moon will be skimming the outskirts of the Earth's shadow, rather than passing centrally through it. The moon's red tint is caused by the Earth covering the sun. This red light from the rim of the Earth then beams onto moon, transforming it into a giant red orb.
Lunar eclipses usually come in no particular order, but sometimes the sequence is more orderly. When four lunar eclipses are all total, the series is called a tetrad. This Saturday will be the third of four total eclipses in the 18-month long tetrad series. Previous eclipses occurred on April 15, 2014 and. Oct. 8, 2014. After Saturday, the next one is expected on Sept. 28, 2015. Such a closely-spaced succession of eclipses is a fairly rare occurrence.
Some Christians believe the blood moon lunar eclipse tetrad could be connected to Jesus' return — or signify a world-changing event about to take place. According to the King James Bible, "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord comes," (Joel 2:31).
Regardless of your religious beliefs, it will be a breathtaking spectacle you'll want to wake up early to see. Just make sure to be outside no later than 4:58 a.m. PST to watch the transition.
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Alignment is a primary theme of 2015. Obviously the energies coming onto the planet for the Equinox – Blood Moon Gateway are of a MUCH Higher frequency. It is vital to stay peaceful, relaxed, and aligned with your Higher Levels as this New Light does its work throughout the next few weeks.
This is a remarkable passage for the Light Tribe; please stay focused as the light steps up in intensity. We are holding a massive field of Light for the Shift and Ascension right now. Know this, feel this, honor it with integrity. Accessing the multidimensional Self takes on a whole new meaning as we merge consciousness. Take care to surrender to the Now of it as the Light levels increase.
Sandra Walter - Wayshower, Ascension Guide and Gatekeeper in Service to the New Light.
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This powerful higher vibrational light/energy is coming to us via the sun; the weakening of the earth's magnetic field more easily enables the energy to reach earth to aid in the Awakening and Ascension of Humanity. The earth's magnetic fields have reversed many times throughout history. The earth is not 'flipping', only the magnetic fields of the earth are reversing. Compasses will reflect this change, but Humanity will not be harmed.
This is all part of the 'Grand Plan' and is nothing to worry about, though it may cause temporary problems such as power outages etc. All is as it is meant to be.
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