Astronomy Picture of the Day – Supernova and the Unexpected Universe

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.

2015 May 31

Supernova 1994D and the Unexpected Universe
Image Credit: High-Z Supernova Search Team, HST, NASA


Explanation: Long ago, far away, a star exploded. Supernova 1994D, visible as the bright spot on the lower left, occurred in the outskirts of disk galaxy NGC 4526. Supernova 1994D was not of interest for how different it was, but rather for how similar it was to other supernovae. In fact, the light emitted during the weeks after its explosion caused it to be given the familiar designation of a Type Ia supernova. If all Type 1a supernovae have the same intrinsic brightness, then the dimmer a supernova appears, the farther away it must be. By calibrating a precise brightness-distance relation, astronomers are able to estimate not only the expansion rate of the universe (parameterized by the Hubble Constant), but also the geometry of the universe we live in (parameterized by Omega and Lambda). The large number and great distances to supernovae measured over the past few years, when combined with other observations, are interpreted as indicating that we live in a previously unexpected universe.

Daily Planet Tracker: Saturn in Sagittarius, Now Until Jun 14, 2015


Planet Tracker

Saturn in Sagittarius

Now Until Jun 14, 2015


Saturn is the last planet visible to the naked eye. For millennia, it represented the limits of the solar system and came to symbolize time, structure and order. Saturn takes about 29 years to orbit the Sun, spending about two and a half years in each sign of the zodiac.

Saturn is the planet that says “no” but means “yes.” The no comes from Saturn showing us what isn’t working, sometimes in the form of frustrating blockages or delays. But these help us see where we need to put in effort to make concrete changes. Saturn says “yes” as the planet of crystallization that brings energy into matter. Saturn’s presence in a sign of the zodiac shows us where we are likely to meet limits and how to construct something useful.

Saturn in the expansive sign of Sagittarius help you answer the all-important question: What do you believe in? Saturn is all about restriction and limitation, yet Sagittarius is a sign that’s filled with faith and optimism. Saturn sees the glass as half empty while Sagittarius reminds us that the glass is also half full.

Though Saturn and Sagittarius may seem as incompatible as oil and water, there are incredible strengths to this combination of power: They are both extremely committed to ethics. Saturn plays by the traditional rule book but Sagittarius plays by whatever he believes at his core is right. So together, Saturn in Sagittarius has an amazing capacity to review current principles.

Saturn in Sagittarius also brings us a pause that allows us to consider areas of law, race, culture, religion, education, spirituality, and philosophy with greater sobriety. Outmoded principles concerning these areas that are too weak to survive might fall away during this transit.

Some famous folks with their natal Saturn in Sagittarius include Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Prince, Mahatma Gandhi, Che Guevara, Ellen DeGeneres, Alfred Hitchcock and Jacqueline Kennedy. is a Daily Insight Group Site

Your Daily Influences for May 31, 2015

Your Daily Influences
May 31, 2015 


Four of Wands
Work will be well done. Peace and harmony will be realized.








The Ice Rune, represents stagnation and a passionless existence. Your life’s course may seem blurry at the moment, but if you persevere you will move onto better days.



The Tusk
There is a good vibration surrounding this aspect. It feels better than it has in quite some time. Maintain your faith in your diety of choice and this good vibration will remain. Waiver from your faith and this good vibration will dissipate.





Your Daily Influences represent events and challenges the current day will present for you. They may represent opportunities you should be ready to seize. Or they may forewarn you of problems you may be able to avoid or lessen. Generally it is best to use them as tips to help you manage your day and nothing more.



Your Charm for May 31st is Taurus The Bull

Your Charm for Today

Taurus The Bull

Today’s Meaning:
This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is patient, reliable, warmhearted, loving, persistent, determined, placid and security loving. This is a person you respect.

General Description:
Second sign of the Zodiac, April 21st to May 22nd. Ruling planet Venus; correct metal Copper. Those born under Taurus were thought to be endowed wtih mental and physical strength, strong minded, clever, fearless and emotional. The correct Taurus gem is the Sapphire. The sapphire is of a deep blue clour, and the darker the blue the greater its value. The ancients wore Sapphire charms for protection from poison, plague, fever, diseasses of the skin, and to bring peace and happiness upon its wearer. The eyes were rubbed by a Sapphire to preserve them from injury by smallpox. King Solomon’s seal is said to have been a Sapphire.

Your Animal Spirit for May 31 is The Eagle

Your Animal Spirit for Today
May 31, 2015 


Eagle soars high enough to see the grand panorama of life, and yet has vision keen enough to spot a fish a mile away. How’s your vision? Are you seeing the big picture or are you only concentrating on the fish? Eagle is asking you to take a step back so you can once again see the whole. You’ve gotten so lost in the trees you’ve forgotten the forest.

Your Deck of Ancient Symbols Card for May 31 is The Magus

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Magus

The Magus is the physical embodiment of decisive action based upon knowledge and aimed squarely at specific goals. Thoroughly Yang by nature and firmly set in the material world, he none-the-less has a powerful spiritual connection as well. His knowledge, wisdom and skill are all encompassing. He is complete. His power as a creator is unmatched on our earthly plane. He is self-aware and unafraid to act. His enormous strength gives him the freedom to act as he chooses. However, responsibility comes with that freedom. Because he is not bound to the restraints of others he must choose how to act. The question that always lies before him is should he act morally, or forsake ethics for personal gain.

As a daily card, The Magus suggest you currently possess a tremendous power and freedom to move your life in any direction you choose. In short, you can make things happen. Your true challenge at the moment is to move forward without trampling the dreams of others. Fortunately your moral fiber is strong as well, and will guide you down the right path.

Your Daily Witches Rune for May 31 is The Rings

Daily Witches Rune

May 31st, 2015

The Rings

Keywords: Love, relationships.

Meanings: The Rings is the rune of love and when it is the leading stone, it is a positive answer to your question. It is very much a rune of relationship and can indicate engagement, marriage or a new/renewed relationship. It can also indicate the need for a fresh approach to an existing relationship.

Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for May 31 is The Star

Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today

The Star

The Star represents a strong connection to the Cosmos, an open gateway to understanding “the big picture.” It is an optimistic card that promises peace, harmony, and hope realized. For the full power of the forces behind The Star to be realized one must have faith and accept that in cosmic terms all things balance out; that disturbances are sometimes necessary to ensure overall harmony. The reward for such faith is vision on a Cosmic scale, and sense of well-being that may well radiate to those around you through your warm, untroubled heart.

Casting The Stones, Your Past, Present & Future Reading for May 31st

Casting The Stones, Your Past, Present & Future Reading for 


The Past

Ingwaz signifies completion, success and fertility. Your present ambitions are about to be met. You are fecund in both mind and body.


The Present

Berkano is the Rune of birth and rebirth. This may symbolize a time when you are capable of great personal growth. Love may be in the air as well.


The Future

Uruz reversed may represent a time of discord in your life and a disassociation from your inner strengths. You may be in a rut—absent of goals or challenges. The power to change this lies within you. While opportunities may seem to be nonexistent, they are there and waiting for you to find them.

Your Rune for Sunday, May 31st is Ansuz


bw-ansuzYour Rune For Today

Ansuz represents mankind’s spiritual connection to God and the universe. It is often referred to as the “God Rune.” This Rune embodies reason, truth and justice. It denotes the coming of knowledge and true counsel from a higher authority.

Additional information about Today’s Rune, Ansuz

ansuz: Odin


Phonetic equivalent: a (as in ‘fall’)


DIVINATORY MEANINGS: authority figure, leader, mind & body balance, justice, shaman, clairvoyant


MAGICAL USES: for wise decisions, success, leadership; to help in divination and magic




ANALYSIS: This rune represents the instinctive, primal energy of uruz tempered with the discipline and experience of þurisaz. These elements are combined in the personage of Odin, who exhibits the


characteristics of both chieftain and shaman – a god of wisdom as well as war. Odin is also a shaman, travelling between the worlds on his eight-legged horse, Sleipnir.


Ansuz is a balanced rune. As with fehu, many people choose to remain at this point in their journey. It represents power, both secular and magical, and this power can be quite seductive. Odin has learned the lessons of the first three runes, thus gaining the wisdom to rule wisely, but this is really only another beginning. He has only gained temporal power, and has only a few of the tools he will need to perfect himself spiritually. There is a certain lack of compassion and perspective in this rune. Odin sits high above his world, looking down and making decisions, but he doesn’t yet have the capacity to really care about or understand his people or himself. He still needs that emotional connection to become a truly great leader.

Your Personal Daily Tarot Card for May 31st is Judgement

Your Personal Daily Tarot Card


Judgment embodies those forces which require us to be accountable for our actions. With Judgment truths are revealed, mysteries are unraveled and responsibility is assigned. Judgment unveils outcomes and marks the ends of things. While it is a time to properly place guilt, it is also a time for atonement and forgiveness. Ultimately the process of Judgment should lead to freedom from errors made in the past and a fresh start with a clean slate. To that end Judgment actually promises the start of a new journey on which we can apply what we have learned from our past

Cat Astrology: Traits by Zodiac Sign


Cat Astrology: Traits by Zodiac Sign

Find your cat’s sign and learn more about their personality…

Do you have a pretty kitty or a downright fat cat? Trust us, the cosmos affect your kitties’ personalities and moods just as much as they affects ours.Look to your cat’s zodiac sign for clues to why your little beastie might be a lover … or a biter.Please include attribution to with this graphic.Cat Astrology: Traits by Zodiac Sign is a Daily Insight Group Site

Get A Jump on Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Monday, June 1st




Get A Jump on Tomorrow…..

Your Horoscopes for Monday, June 1st, 2015



This is a good time for being on the same page with a family member or loved ones, dear Aries. You can have good ideas about how to deal with, manage, and improve your domestic life. There can be some wonderful humor shared with family, or a stronger sense of well-being through time spent at or around home. You are far less concerned about who’s right and who’s wrong, and this makes for a mostly pressure-free time. This afternoon, while you’re beginning to crave being freer or more adventurous, you’re also inclined to take topics or opinions expressed quite seriously.


The first part of the day favors conversation, movement, and new ideas, dear Taurus. There can be a relatively easy flow of energy experienced now, making it quite natural for you to make connections. While ideas are in the spotlight, and they may be quite large, the day favors actions that are smaller and simpler. It’s not always the best strategy to play it safe, but today it may very well be – in actions, not in thoughts – with the Moon and Saturn aligning in your intimacy sector. This can also bring up a serious topic with a partner, or could spark serious thoughts about your commitments.


The first part of the day is good for making connections, cooperating, and communicating, Gemini, and for connecting with old friends or acquaintances. You have a particularly strong sense for business matters and daily affairs. As the day moves forward, your thoughts could turn to your commitments. With others, and especially a partner, focus on coming to a state of balance and moderation, and even in the face of stubbornness, aim to be fair and patient. At the moment, underplaying your offerings can in fact draw more attention. The Moon in your partnership zone from afternoon forward brings your attention to close relationships.


The first half of the day is very good day for personal impact and popularity, dear Cancer. Consider a problem from a variety of angles, and don’t be afraid to think in creative, big terms. Envision what it is you want from the world, balance this with what you are prepared to offer, and you’re all set. Expressing your needs, even wordlessly, is quite effortless now. The Moon moves into your work and health sector this afternoon, and quite soon after, aligns with serious Saturn. This brings your responsibilities and duties to the forefront, and for the greatest emotional satisfaction, it’s best if you give them your all. It’s also a good time to take care of unfinished work or to begin a health or fitness program.


The first part of the day brings easy energy for going about your business smoothly and under the radar, Leo. With Saturn in your solar fifth house, your self-expression may not be quite as spontaneous as it once was, as you tend to be taking things a little more seriously recently. This also allows you to better focus on one or two things and do them well, and this is especially true of creative efforts. Today, the Moon aligns with Saturn, and you can more easily tap into this focused energy. For some, however, there could be a feeling of being left out of the fun, overworked, or otherwise drained. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Simplify as much as possible. Later today, you’re more inclined to loosen up and enjoy yourself.


The first part of the day brings rather easy, cooperative energy to your world, Virgo. Your mood can change quite a bit as the day moves forward, so try not to stretch your usual boundaries too much. Obligations to family and domestic duties can weigh on your mind this afternoon. Give family and home life, as well as personal matters, adequate attention, but don’t go overboard to the point that it’s burdensome. The key to being effective is to do your best, but in moderation. Excess hurts you and can interfere in your relationships as well. Organize, strengthen, and sort things out.


Friendly energy is with you this morning, dear Libra, particularly as you take care of business. There is an easy flow of energy and general agreement between head and heart. The Moon aligns with Saturn in your communications sector this afternoon, and it’s a reminder to listen more than you speak, as there is much to take in from the goings-on around you. You might benefit from conversing with someone in a position of authority today, or for supporting someone if you are in the position of authority figure. You may be recognized for your accomplishments.


There is easy energy with you in the first half of the day for movement, connections, and asserting yourself, Scorpio. The Moon leaves your sign this afternoon, and emotions tend to move from the front to back burner. Reviewing your budget, banking, and other financial activities are favored right now. There can be a good feeling of security coming from the ability to be productive. While you might feel some restlessness if you are tied to routine, you are able to combine fun and work quite well right now, and overall you are facing less resistance and more acceptance of your ideas, goals, and plans.


There is relatively easy and also somewhat invisible energy with you in the first half of the day, Sagittarius, with the Moon in your privacy sector keeping you under the radar. The Moon in your sign from afternoon forward can act to boost your mood and increase your compassion, although if things are not going very well for you, you could be a little too self-absorbed at this time. Focusing on your emotional needs is in fact very important now, but it’s best to do so in moderation. You tend to naturally take on the role of leader or trendsetter, but first, you might feel a little swamped with things to do, or responsibilities to fulfill, with the Moon and Saturn meeting up in your sign.


You are very interested in solving problems in the first part of the day, Capricorn, or at the very least, talking about doing so! You are enthusiastic and very tuned in. Some of you could be very interested in bringing up a topic that is normally left unspoken. From afternoon forward, take extra time to get in touch with your deepest needs and wishes. Find time to unwind, or for quiet times with yourself when you can eliminate the excess clutter in your mind. With peace and quiet comes more opportunities to listen to your inner voice. Today and the next couple of days are good for finding your emotional center.


You are most successful today with an accepting and undemanding attitude, dear Aquarius. There is good energy for practical affairs, as you have especially strong intuition and business sense today. Work around slowdowns experienced this afternoon. Be gracious and graceful now. Receiving a lesson about your own limitations might frustrate at first, but can ultimately do you very well. It helps to remove some of the roadblocks in your path, and to bring expectations into the realizable zone. The Moon moves into your friendship sector, and the need to be around like-minded people builds.


This is a great day for letting your mind expand and open in order to entertain thoughts that you might typically cast aside or not even imagine, dear Pisces. It’s an idea day for you. Communications of all kinds are emphasized. Although Mercury is retrograde, remember that you can still come up with good ideas and make nice progress on current projects. This afternoon, there can be a reminder of a responsibility or a duty, which can feel a little heavy at first, but as you begin to drop self-consciousness, you are more able to identify what truly needs to be done, and this can be empowering

Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, May 31st




Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, May 31st



While the morning may be on the tricky side for productivity, dear Aries, it can be good for imaginative activities and simply taking a well-earned break. Watch that you’re not misunderstood, however, especially about issues from the past. Also watch that you don’t ignore/overlook an important matter, or trick yourself into thinking something you want to believe. Hold back and let your imagination take you to pleasant places. Conversations may be complicated just for now. If you’ve been ignoring your needs for rest and spiritual sustenance, you’ll feel this now. Because this is a busy time for you, and you want to stay mentally active, you might consider engaging some of your more creative ideas as you go about your business. As the day advances, more clarity comes, particularly if you’ve allowed yourself time to relax and catch your breath.


The first half of the day is not ideal for clear thinking, Taurus, especially involving money, but also with friends and emotions. Self-deception, where you might be seeing what you want to see, is a possibility now, but it’s also possible that others are evasive. Others’ unreliability may be an issue now, or you could be yearning for a more idyllic connection with someone, a group, or other special tie. While it’s important for you to focus on your practical affairs with so much emphasis on your sector of assets these days, you cannot ignore your more spiritual needs in the process, and this morning, there can be a reminder pointing you in this direction. You may very well discover a way to infuse more imagination and spirit into your business now. The day progresses with more clarity, and also a pleasing emphasis on partnership and close relationships.


With so much emphasis on your sign these days, Gemini, this period of your life is important for discovering your independence, learning about yourself and your needs, and formulating personal goals. Even so, there can be times when you feel a little empty or discontented without a solid plan or definite course of action in place. This is the influence of Neptune in your solar tenth house, which can stimulate some level of confusion about life-plan or career goals, or a lack of direction. You could experience a need to do more or to find your true calling. This may be at the root of restless feelings now. While you can’t resolve these issues in one fell swoop, you may need to take some extra time to get into better touch with your inner needs before going forward. As the day advances, you’re likely to want to busy yourself with small projects and even chores, and it’s a good time to do so.


This morning, consider that you may be tricking yourself when it comes to a belief or goal, dear Cancer. Allow yourself to dream of something better, but don’t fall into the trap of deferring your happiness to a later date when you might achieve a goal. Life doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Consider taking small steps towards achieving big goals. Take a step back and assess a matter that seems too good to be true, or, alternatively, seems too fantastical to hold weight. This is also a good time for challenging your perception of a past matter or a belief. All may not be as it seems. As the day advances, you’re likely to feel less weighed down or restless, particularly if you’ve allowed yourself time to think and rest. This can be a great time for enjoying a hobby or other form of recreation.


While there may be a disappointment about a friend or long-term goal in the first half of the day, Leo, discontent or restlessness felt now can ultimately lead you to important changes or discoveries. This is not the time to be indiscriminate with your money and your emotions. Keep abreast of what’s going on with shared resources. Trust, of course, is important in a relationship, but sometimes others can slip. There can be some confusion experienced now when it comes to your relationships, and especially regarding depth or level of attachment. This is an important period for reaching out and collaborating with others, but you can’t entirely brush off your needs for a deeper, more spiritual connection, or your need for time to yourself and sufficient rest, either. Find ways to make time for others, who are providing important nourishment for you at this time, and for yourself or your close, intimate relationships. The day advances with more clarity, but also a real need for comfort and familiarity.


This can be a “foggy” day in the relationship department, dear Virgo, although this energy tends to dissipate as the day moves forward. There may be important details that are hidden or omitted altogether, and these things can come back around at a later date. Boundaries are tricky to draw with those close to you, but if you allow others to overstep them too often, they might keep pushing your limits to see how far they can go.  If possible, postpone important conversations, get-togethers, or presentations until later. Early today, interactions can be laced with elements of guilt, deception, and insecurity. Events now can remind you of the need to pay more attention to your spiritual needs, particularly when it comes to your partnerships. A parent or authority figure may be reaching out to you or in a position to guide you. The second half of the day is likely to be busy, and pleasantly so.


Do push the limits when it comes to creativity and feeling today, dear Libra, but avoid setting yourself up for disappointment as not everyone else may be on the same page. The first half of the day can be tricky to navigate, as people may be a little evasive now. There is a congregation of planets in your adventure sector, encouraging you to get out and about in order to truly experience and live life, but they have been clashing with Neptune in your work and health sector, suggesting that disorganization or fatigue can be preventing you from doing this fully and unapologetically. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that other people are in charge of your happiness. Try to tidy up your daily affairs and get to the root of any issues of discontent. It may be that you need more spiritually fulfilling routines or work.


If you’ve been entertaining your more logical needs at the expense of your spiritual or imaginative side, dear Scorpio, then this morning’s energies can be a little disorienting, but can also point you in the right direction in order to restore some balance to your life. Rational thinking may be temporarily clouded, and wishful thinking may interfere with seeing matters clearly. You may be passionately seeking an answer to a pressing issue, but pushing matters will not get you anywhere. Watch for miscommunications in a relationship now. Take solace in peaceful activities and remain flexible. This is a time for looking within and finding ways to better satisfy your needs for imagination, creative expression, and spiritual meaning, even if this temporarily takes you away from pursuing your more worldly goals.


If you’ve been spending too much time in the world of the mind or with others at the expense of your needs for solitude, Sagittarius, you’ll feel the pull of your emotional and spiritual needs today. There could be a feeling of discontent, disappointment, or confusion initially, and it’s important to keep expectations of others and of situations at bay. Depending on others to make you happy is a gamble at best, but with so many planets in your house of relationships these days, it’s important to seek out their company. The trick is to enjoy your connections, but look within for sustenance, taking full responsibility for your actions and reactions. The Moon’s presence in your privacy sector all day gives you a further nudge towards a focus on emotional replenishment and renewal.


This is a time for being open to possibilities, but it’s also important to wait things out a little longer, dear Capricorn, if you are launching something important. Big ideas are likely to require a closer look, and today’s energies are rather fuzzy. If you’ve been pushing yourself too hard or forgetting to feed your more spiritual needs, today you’re bound to feel a little drained. Your mind is likely to drift, and it can be hard to stay on course. You are not a person who is especially comfortable with difficult Neptune influences, such as we are experiencing today, as the associated lack of clarity and direction can be especially distracting and frustrating to you. However, if you resolve to let go of a need for control and definition, you’ll feel a whole lot better. If you are able to, give yourself a break from heavy thinking and doing.


You can be feeling especially sensitive in the first half of the day, dear Aquarius, with yet another Neptune square clouding perceptions and encouraging a look within for answers. Wishful thinking can be at play now, and while it’s important to entertain possibilities and fantasy, it’s also important to know in what areas of life to stay grounded. Focusing on the tasks at hand may not be your forte now, but you can feel motivated if something touches upon your higher ideals or inner dreams, so if possible, tend to your more imaginative and creative activities. Watch for a tendency to look the other way if faced with money problems, or to borrow from the future in order to satisfy a temporary desire. As the day advances, the mental or emotional fog tends to lift. The Scorpio Moon tends to bring out your need to perform and achieve.


There can be some restlessness in the first part of the day, dear Pisces, with your ruler, Neptune, in hard aspect with both the Sun and Venus. You’ll have to dig deep in order to find out the source of dissatisfaction, as many of the reasons we give ourselves for being restless or unhappy are superficial and temporary. You could be feeling temporarily unmotivated or ineffective when it comes to handling family, domestic life, or day to day affairs. Now is the time to seek out a balance. Look for areas of your life that have become immoderate or excessive, and seek out doable and relatively simple ways to satisfy some of your inner longings. Remind yourself that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Big dreams are fine, but watch that you’re not so focused on them that you are putting off being happy in the present. The day’s confusing energies tend to dissipate as it advances. The Moon is in your adventure sector all day, encouraging movement and learning.

If You Were Born Today, May 31


If You Were Born Today, May 31

Your clever mind and strength of character are traits that others tend to notice first, and that earn you respect. You are an engaging conversationalist, offering unique perspective on whatever topic is on the table. You are very capable and determined, and have a distinct traditional side to your personality. Famous people born today: Walt Whitman, Clint Eastwood, Joe Namath, Lea Thompson, Brooke Shields, Colin Farrell.

Courtesy of Cafe Astrology

The Balance of the Signs & the Elements for May 31, 2015




The Balance of the Signs & the Elements for May 31, 2015


Agile, versatile, inquisitive, flowing, conversational, airy, many ideas. Can be volatile, superficial, changeable, restless and inconsistent.
Intense, magnetic, penetrating perception, power to confront. Can be destructive, vengeful, jealous, overly dramatic.

There can be a lack of desire, interest, or skills regarding practical affairs. We may not be very much in touch with reality. Difficulties concentrating, grounding ourselves.
We tend to favor rational, objective thought over emotions, impulses, and feelings at this time. We are more intellectual, fair-minded, and logical in our approach, Ideas flow easily and quickly, we are more communicative and guided by principles, and also somewhat dispassionate or impersonal.

We are flexible, adaptable, willing, open to change, and possibly flighty or nervous.