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Styx Moon

Pluto moon P5 discovery with moons' orbits.jpgStyx (Moon)

Styx is a small natural satellite of Pluto whose discovery was announced on 11 July 2012. It is the fifth confirmed satellite of Pluto and was found approximately one year after Kerberos, Pluto’s fourth confirmed satellite.

Styx was discovered by a team led by astronomer Mark R. Showalter, using fourteen sets of images taken between 26 June and 9 July 2012 by the Wide Field Camera 3 fitted to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Styx is about half as bright as the dimmest previously known object in the system, Kerberos, and about one hundred thousandth as bright as Pluto. It was designated S/2012 (134340) 1, and informally referred to as P5. Continue reading

Van Allen Radiation Belt

Two giant belts of radiation surround Earth. The inner belt is dominated by electrons and the outer one by protons. Image courtesy of NASA

Earth’s radiation belt: Van Allen probes reveal ‘zebra stripes’ in space
From Science Daily, March 19, 2014

Scientists have discovered a new, persistent structure in one of two radiation belts surrounding Earth. NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes spacecraft have shown that high-energy electrons in the inner radiation belt display a persistent pattern that resembles slanted zebra stripes. Surprisingly, this structure is produced by the slow rotation of Earth, previously considered incapable of affecting the motion of radiation belt particles, which have velocities approaching the speed of light. Continue reading

Universal Andromeda

Andromeda (constellation)

Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of November.

Andromeda is one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy in the 1600s, and remains one of the 88 modern constellations. Located north of the celestial equator, it is named for the myth of Andromeda. the daughter of Cassiopeia, who was chained to a rock to be eaten by the sea monster Coetus.

Andromeda is most prominent during autumn evenings in the Northern Hemisphere, along with several other constellations named for characters in the Perseus myth. Because of its northern declination, Andromeda is visible only north of 40° south latitude; for observers farther south it lies below the horizon. Continue reading

Watch Solar Eclipse

Watch Solar Eclipse

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The Partial Solar Eclipse Over North America of October 2014

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Watch the Moon Eat the Sun: The Partial Solar Eclipse on Thursday, Oct. 23
By Phil Plait, 2014

On the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun. What we’ll see is a partial solar eclipse, where the Moon passes along a chord of the Sun’s face, never completely blocking it out. At maximum eclipse the Sun will look like a thick crescent, the dark disk of the Moon moving across it. Continue reading

Super Harvest Moon

arthurspearsART: ARTHUR SPEARS

FULL MOON / SuperMoon in Pisces September 8th 2014~
By Mystic Mamma, 5 September 2014

FULL MOON ~ SUPERMOON ~ HARVEST MOON bringing the deep and feminine waters of Pisces to cleanse our emotional realms. There is potential for deep healing.

Here are the MYSTIC MAMMA Astral Insights form the most tuned in readers of the planetary bodies. First from the insightful Divine Harmony:

“The Moon in any of the water signs is already very emotional, sensitive and receptive- but I would argue that Pisces is the most sensitive of all the signs…”

“With the Full Moon in Pisces we have a Continue reading

Another Most Super Moon

Moon to EarthWhat is a supermoon?
From Time and Date

The distance from moon to Earth varies throughout the month and year. On average the distance is about 238,000 miles (382,900 kilometers). During a month, when the moon is furthest away from Earth it’s called apogee, when the moon is closest to Earth it is called perigee. When the full moon coincides with being closest to Earth, or perigee, it is called a supermoon. Reversely, the term Micro Moon refers to a full moon that occurs when the moon is farthest from Earth, or apogee.

No universal definition Continue reading

Hunting the Bloody Moon

blood_moon_JRBlood Moons and Prophecy
By COGwriter, 2013

What is a blood moon?

A blood moon is also called a Hunter’s Moon. It is the first full moon after Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is the full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox.

Basically the general definition of a ‘blood moon’ is when the moon appears reddish because of how light can appear. Lunar eclipses are not the only cause. Notice the following: Continue reading

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