First Supernova Companion Star Found
In 2004, an international team of astronomers had, for the first time, observed a stellar “survivor” emerge from a double star system involving an exploded supernova.
Supernovae are some of the most significant sources of chemical elements in the universe, and they are at the heart of our understanding of the evolution of galaxies. In this artist’s view, the red super-giant supernova progenitor star (left) is exploding after having transferred about 10 solar masses of hydrogen gas to the blue companion star (right).
Image Credit: NASA
Astronomy Picture of the Day
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2011 December 3
As Above, So Below
Image Credit & Copyright: Boris Štromar
Explanation: A single, long exposure captured these star trails above a remarkably colorful sea of clouds. As seen from Medvednica mountain, the surrounding peaks and lights illuminating the clouds from below are north of Zagreb, Croatia. Near the center of the also colorful star trail arcs, the North Celestial Pole is off the upper right edge of the frame. Even though this is the age of the digital camera, the well composed skyscape was recorded using color slide film in a medium format camera. The dreamlike scene’s starry sky and ephemeral ocean could be reminiscent of an older age still, when the Pannonian Sea covered this part of central Europe some 10 million years ago.
If you live in Farmington, Maine, then chances are pretty high that you’ve heard of the inventor of earmuffs, especially since you celebrate him with a parade every year on this ‘Chester Greenwood Day.’ Greenwood actually invented the ear protectors at the age of 15 when he reportedly came up with the idea as a way to keep his own ears warm while ice skating. But what if the ache in the ear isn’t caused by the cold at all? Actually, an earache is generally an infection of the middle ear, usually resulting from either a cold or flu. It goes without saying that if any ache or pain persists anywhere on your body then you need to see a qualified professional. And if your ear is draining or discharging liquid material, you need to see a doctor immediately. However, if you determine that medical care is not required, you can fill the affected ear with three drops of warmed garlic oil. Simply rub a softgel between your hands until the oil is warmed, then puncture it and pour the liquid into the ear. Finish by plugging the affected ear with a cotton ball or puff. Do this three or four times a day and the earache should ease considerably, as this remedy is known for it’s fast relief! Garlic oil and a puff and — poof! — the earache disappears!
A confrontation with a loved one is possible today, and you may find yourself engaging in somewhat self-critical behavior. Don’t. Today is the perfect day for greater understanding of yourself and others. Make this a time for spiritual realization rather than negative back talk
About the Number 7
Quiet, Insightful, Analytical, Mystical, Intuitive
1: Creative Power
General Meaning: The atmosphere is ripe with imagination, inspiration and energy, symbolized by the flying dragon. The dragon is an ancient symbol of an electrically charged, dynamic, arousing force that bodes well for creative initiatives. If your goals are in alignment with the greater good, your actions will meet with success, but this can only happen if you apply yang energy in a positive way. This hexagram, which consists of all yang lines, indicates a good time to take a leadership role, because Creative Power is with you now. But be forewarned: success turns to failure if you let strength turn to arrogance.
Believe in your vision and persevere; everything around you will flourish. Call upon Creative Power and let it work through you. Stay focused on your goals. Do not let yourself be distracted, or you may lose the power available to you now. And remember that when taking action, successful results require good timing.
It’s challenging to balance our need for stability with the temptation to lose ourselves in fantasies today. Four planets in sensible Earth signs would usually be enough to keep us grounded, but the imaginative Pisces Moon prevents us from being too practical. A stern Sun-Saturn semisquare makes sure we don’t float off into the ether. Ultimately, we are jolted awake when the Moon shifts into impulsive Aries at 8:51 pm and joins electric Uranus.
There are plenty of chores for you to do now, yet you have sufficient energy to handle everything if you tackle each task one at a time. However, it may seem overwhelming if you try to do too much all at once. Don’t be fooled by moments of blind optimism or you’ll lose ground instead of making progress. Give yourself credit for all that you manage to accomplish. Whatever is left undone today will still be there for you tomorrow.
It’s easy to make plans now, yet it’s challenging to get the desired results from your current actions. One moment you may feel very expressive, while just a few minutes later waves of self-restraint wash over you. However, the extremes are part of a larger process of ebb and flow. Even if an authoritative person seems to hold you back, be appreciative of the resistance, since slowing down ultimately helps you to be more efficient in the long run.
You may not know what to expect on the home front today as unresolved tension rises to the surface. If you’re stymied and can’t figure out how to handle the situation, ask a trusted friend for advice; you may be lucky enough to hear exactly what you need. Even if you want to do things your way, consider modifying your position based upon what you learn now. Your flexibility is one of your greatest strengths.
It’s unsettling if you’re not in charge of your own schedule today, but it feels as if your agenda has been determined by someone else — and there isn’t much you can do to change it. Thankfully, you still may find a way to create magic as the intuitive Pisces Moon opens your mind to a different perspective. It might even make sense to take a risk and try something new just to shake up other people’s assumptions about you.
You don’t like the idea of cutting back on your activities because you lack the cash, but you can’t escape from your temporary financial situation. Fortunately, you could come up with an ingenious idea today that enables you to enjoy yourself beyond your expectations — even if you’re occupied with more mundane matters. Keep in mind that avoiding money issues is not a substitute for resolving them; they must still be addressed when your current distractions are over.
You could have a tough time trusting others today, so don’t let anyone talk you into doing something that you will regret later. It’s wise to honor your initial hunch rather than changing your mind so you can meet someone else’s expectations. You might add to the current tension at home with your inflexible position, but this is just a temporary situation. Relationship dynamics will shift soon enough, releasing you from an old emotional pattern.
Even if you want to be creative today, your artistic flow may be blocked by your fears of being judged or rejected by others. Your imaginative powers are strong and you can see nearly whatever you believe. Appreciation, and even praise, can come your way now, but it might slip under your radar to arrive unnoticed. Learning to accept yourself exactly as you are can make a real difference in your ability to express yourself freely.
Your inner child wants to come out and play while the Moon is visiting your 5th House of Self-Expression. You may be thinking more creatively now, yet still feel constrained as you try to let go of your serious concerns. Although you want to have fun, your relationships might fall short of your high expectations. Remember that being spontaneous can happily co-exist with your desire to remain true to your core beliefs.
You may take a trip down Memory Lane as the Moon drops into your 4th House of Roots now. However, you won’t be satisfied by just indulging your nostalgia, unless you use your connection with the past as a way to better understand the present moment. But even if you want to look ahead rather than behind you, rest assured that sinking into your personal history is a good idea. You have something important to learn from a quick visit back to the days of your childhood.
You can communicate today without having to say much of anything at all. Your actions really do speak louder than your words, but it’s someone else’s lack of action that says more than you want to hear. You may need to handle your own feelings of abandonment, yet you could also benefit from the emotional space that is being offered to you now. Don’t turn a current event into a major drama or you might cause more trouble than it’s worth.
You may be optimistic that your current financial position will improve soon. Thankfully, your increased efforts at work won’t likely go unnoticed now. However, you might become frustrated because it could still take time yet to be acknowledged. Don’t worry about the immediate response from your friends or family. Focus on quietly meeting your obligations and have faith that things will turn around before you know it.
Your immediate reaction to someone who attempts to block your progress might just make matters worse now. It’s easy to think about what you want to say or do in advance; however, it requires your clear intention to dance with external resistances instead of trying to overpower the hidden energy. Controlling your emotions today is surely more productive in the long run than losing your temper.