Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2011 November 8
Jumping Sundogs Over Thunderclouds
Image Credit: abrigatti, YouTube
Explanation: What’s happening above those clouds? In the past few years, videos have appeared on the web detailing an unusual but little known phenomenon: rapid light changes over clouds. Upon inspection and contemplation, a leading hypothesis for its cause has now emerged. In sum, this hypothesis holds that a lightning discharge in a thundercloud can temporarily change the electric field above the cloud where charged ice crystals were reflecting sunlight. The new electric field quickly re-orients the geometric crystals to a new orientation that reflects sunlight differently. In other words, a lightning discharge can cause a sundog to jump. Soon, the old electric field may be restored, causing the ice crystals to return to their original orientation. To help this curious phenomenon become better studied, sky enthusiasts with similar jumping or dancing sundog videos are encouraged to share them.
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I recently released a report called ‘Shape Shifting; Shifting your Thoughts, Changing your Shape.’ I researched this report for well over two years, trying to find both cutting edge medical information as well as ancient medicinal knowledge that will allow people to ‘age backward’ and find a renewed sense of health, happiness and longevity simply by making some lifestyle shifts. One of those involves using different medicinal spices to achieve better health and long life. On ‘Cook Something Bold Day’ I’d like to offer a recipe for ageless living that involves a spice called tumeric. Ayurvedic practitioners have long held that tumeric takes away old age, and if a very little bit is rubbed on the skin, it can take away wrinkles. More philosophical theorists and herbal practitioners once called tumeric ‘the spice of love and luck.’ Hawaiians use tumeric in purification ceremonies, and in India this spice is burned for protection, as it’s believed that demons and other malevolent creatures detest its smell. Today, try to be bold and ageless and cook something tasty by adding no more than an eighth of a teaspoon of tumeric to any traditional savory recipe. Now you won’t be growing old, you’ll be growing bold!
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
General Meaning: Following brings supreme success. You may not be able to change the direction of the wind, but by frequently adjusting your sails, you can arrive at your destination.
Those who would acquire a following must speak the language of their followers. Those who would be loved must become the envisioned lover of their beloved. Those who would prosper must bend with natural forces and the pressures of society. In matters of principle, stand firm; in matters of style and taste, swim with the current.
In all human affairs, change is constant. In order to stay fresh, old ideas and patterns must continually be discarded in favor of new ones. Only by being adaptable to the demands of the time can the highest good emerge. Only by adjusting to changing circumstances can you prosper. Remain flexible, and you will gain the confidence of those around you. Bend and you shall not break.
This Tarot Deck: Crow’s Magick
Traditionally, what has been known as the Justice card has to do with moral sensitivity and that which gives rise to empathy, compassion and a sense of fairness. Since the time of Solomon, this image has represented a standard for the humane and fair-minded treatment of other beings.
Often including the image of a fulcrum which helps to balance competing needs against the greater good, and a two-edged sword to symbolize the precision needed to make clear judgments, this card reminds us to be careful to attend to important details. It’s a mistake to overlook or minimize anything where this card is concerned. The law of Karma is represented here — what goes around comes around.
Today’s enthusiastic Aries Moon pushes us through uncomfortable territory as she forms anxious aspects with Mercury, Venus and Saturn. The road becomes even bumpier when taskmaster Saturn’s stressful semisquares to Venus and Mercury show us what’s wrong with our work, rather than praising us for what we did right. Meanwhile, a destabilizing Sun-Uranus aspect can expose a well-kept secret, clearing the way for honest discussions about real issues.
Although you may be more impatient today than usual, moving too quickly isn’t a smart thing to do. You might not feel supported by your closest friends and workmates, especially if you are concerned with fulfilling your own needs. Ultimately, you’ll do better if you follow your dreams, even if they conflict with the wishes of others. Proceed slowly and deliberately; acting overly assertive will only add to your problems.
You’re motivated to put your dreams into words today, even if you reveal a new facet of your personality in the process. However, your seemingly harmless disclosure can initiate a serious disagreement, and once you start to argue, it may be difficult to find your way back to a more peaceful place. Think twice before sharing your personal secrets on the job, for once they’re out in the open you won’t be able to take them back.
You would like to set aside your responsibilities today so you can spend time with your friends. Although you’re ready to change your plans at the last minute to make something enjoyable happen, it’s not a smart idea to leave someone hanging without advanced warning. Consider the negative impact of your actions prior to doing something you might soon regret. Thankfully, being more understanding of others now can deepen your relationships in ways that can’t be easily measured.
You are inclined to pull away from someone close to you or ignore a time-honored tradition in your life. You could even feel resentful of anything that restricts your self-expression now. Nevertheless, you don’t want to cut your family ties, and you know that you can’t just disappear and pretend like no one else exists. Instead of upsetting your personal life, demonstrate your independence by attempting something completely new and different today.
You’re excited about the prospects of your future, yet obvious obstacles still need to be handled before you can consider yourself successful. You could even feel waves of discouragement today if you focus on how much work there is still left to finish. It’s helpful to take a few moments and think about your recent changes, carefully observing where your horizons have grown. However, don’t waste precious energy looking back, for time marches on and you must live in the present.
You might be feeling agitated today, yet you’re unable to put your finger on the source of your anxiety. You need to tell someone what you are thinking, but blurting out the truth may not be the smartest way to settle your nerves. Instead, try a more diplomatic approach by finding shared beliefs and values, and establishing common ground from there. Remember, confrontation is rarely as productive as cooperation.
Someone may be insisting that you make up your mind today, but you don’t want to decide because you’re able to see both sides of the issue. It’s not that you don’t care about the outcome; it’s just that you can imagine a multitude of possibilities from whatever position you choose. It may require a great deal of determination to remain neutral now, but that’s your best strategy until you get a clear answer from within.
You’re inspired to try new approaches to routine jobs today because you’re bored of doing repetitive tasks. But acting impulsively with a radical approach to your chores may not be the smartest tactic, even if you want to stir things up. You might feel a lot better in the short run, but your productivity could suffer. The more familiar route makes a lot of sense now as long as you commit to finding an outlet for your restlessness later.
The workweek ahead seems longer than usual because the Moon in your 5th House of Fun and Games is enticing you to escape. You’re ready to party, but you just can’t make plans with so much to do at work. Thankfully, you’re able to recognize that this isn’t the best time to take off. Just don’t project your frustration onto your workmates. Giving yourself a bit of breathing room will allow you to appreciate others more.
You naturally prefer staying cool, but today your emotions provoke you to jump in and take direct action immediately. Impulsive behavior may be unavoidable now if you project your fear of change onto the current situation. Fortunately, saying what’s on your mind can release you from your worries. Embrace the future with an open mind, instead of holding on tightly to the past.
Your social calendar may be busy enough that you’re anticipating a number of exciting activities. Or, perhaps, you’re looking forward to doing a project that you’ve been putting off. Keep in mind that your current optimism may not be enough to keep your plans on schedule. Although a surprise might turn things upside down, your flexible attitude can transform an upset into an adventure.
You could shock your co-workers or friends with your radical behavior today. They may have believed that they knew you well, but now you’re full of surprises. Nevertheless, don’t spend too much time worrying about how others view your apparent change of values. You don’t have to justify your actions to anyone else; just be true to yourself and explain your motives at another time if you wish