Astronomy Picture of the Day – The Rise and Fall of Supernova 2015F

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.

2016 February 9

The Rise and Fall of Supernova 2015F
Video Credit & Copyright: Changsu Choi & Myungshin Im (Seoul National University)

Explanation: Sit back and watch a star explode. The actual supernova occurred back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, but images of the spectacular event began arriving last year. Supernova 2015F was discovered in nearby spiral galaxy NGC 2442 by Berto Monard in 2015 March and was unusually bright — enough to be seen with only a small telescope. The pattern of brightness variation indicated a Type Ia supernova — a type of stellar explosion that results when an Earth-size white dwarf gains so much mass that its core crosses the threshold of nuclear fusion, possibly caused by a lower mass white-dwarf companion spiraling into it. Finding and tracking Type Ia supernovae are particularly important because their intrinsic brightness can be calibrated, making their apparent brightness a good measure of their distance — and hence useful toward calibrating the distance scale of the entire universe. The featured video tracked the stellar disruption from before explosion images arrived, as it brightened, and for several months as the fission-powered supernova glow faded. The remnants of SN2015F are now too dim to see without a large telescope. Just yesterday, however, the night sky lit up once again, this time with an even brighter supernova in an even closer galaxy: Centaurus A.

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Earth Sky News for February 9th : Go young moon hunting on February 9

Go young moon hunting on February 9

Tonight, look for the young moon. The February, 2016, new moon came to pass on February 8 at 14:39 Universal Time. For us in the United States, that translates to February 8 at 9:39 a.m. EST, 8:39 a.m. CST, 7:39 a.m. MST and 6:39 a.m. PST. So as the sun sets on February 9, the moon will be well over one day old.

Given an unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunset, and a clear sky, the thin waxing crescent moon will appear low in the sky and close to the horizon around one hour (or sooner) after sunset. Because the view is sometimes murky near the horizon, binoculars may come in handy for sweeping for the February 9 young moon near the sunset horizon.

At comparable latitudes in the world’s Eastern Hemisphere – Europe, Africa and Asia – the young moon will exhibit a thinner crescent hovering closer to the horizon. Click here to find out the time of moonset in your sky.

On the average, the moon moves some 13o eastward per day in front of the backdrop stars of the Zodiac.

Meanwhile, as seen from Earth, the sun appears to move one degree eastward per day along the ecliptic. In other words, the moon moves an average 12o east of the sun daily.

For reference, the angular diameter of the sun and moon span about one-half degree of sky.

If you miss the young moon on February 9, try again on February 10 or 11. Day by day, the moon will move farther east of the setting sun, to appear higher in the west after the sun goes down.

By the way, the new moon on February 8 passed to the north of the sun; but one month from now, the moon will swing directly in front of the sun, to stage a total solar eclipse in Indonesia on March 9, 2016.

Bottom line: Given an unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunset, and a clear sky, the thin waxing crescent moon should appear low in the sky and close to the horizon around one hour (or less) after sunset.

 

Author

Bruce McClure

Article published on EarthSky

Get a Jump on Tomorrow, Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, February 10th

 

 

 

 

Get a Jump on Tomorrow….
Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, February 10th

by Rick Levine

 

General Horoscope

Although sexy Venus is emotionally reserved while traveling through Capricorn, her auspicious trine to bountiful Jupiter graces us with pleasurable experiences. Meanwhile, an overindulgent Sun-Jupiter alignment lures us past our limits. Although four planets in practical earth signs encourage common sense over passion, pursuing our desires will likely bring satisfaction now. However, the imaginative Pisces Moon makes our dreams sweeter than reality.

Aries Horoscope MAR 21 – APR 19

Remaining upbeat about your contributions is helpful as you move toward your destination, whether you’re making plans to achieve a professional goal or striving to be noticed within your community. Luckily, you may receive assistance from an important ally now that friendly Venus is visiting your 10th House of Public Status. Do your best work without looking back, but be sure to ask for the credit you deserve. Although tangible results will still take a few days to manifest, you could be happily surprised with the outcome if you believe in yourself.

Taurus Horoscope APR 20 – MAY 20

It’s always quite rewarding to be appreciated for who you are. Today may be exceptionally sweet because you’re likely to receive an abundance of positive energy from the buoyant Venus-Jupiter trine. However, it isn’t appropriate to overwhelm people with your exuberance, especially at work. A small touch of self-restraint can help you win the admiration and respect of everyone you encounter. Relax and soak up the good vibes; the finish line is not as close as you think.

Gemini Horoscope MAY 21 – JUN 20

You’re clear about what you want out of a relationship now, especially if you have already been working to redefine your needs. The time is now ripe to make something special happen, and you could blow your chance if you wait too long. Maintain a positive attitude while sharing your feelings, even if you’re unsure about where the conversation will lead. But don’t allow the present moment to pass without following your heart. No risk; no reward.

Cancer Horoscope JUN 21 – JUL 22

You may be emerging from a very trying period, yet you’re still able to overcome any disappointment and rationalize what you want. However, delicious feelings are bubbling up from your subconscious now and tempting you to set aside your newly found emotionally detached objectivity. Stick to the facts as you know them and keep your eyes on the current opportunities because this energetic wave should ultimately bring about a positive transformation.

Leo Horoscope JUL 23 – AUG 22

You might feel like a lazy lion with a stack of excuses to justify your unproductive nature. Nevertheless, you still harbor dreams of being highly successful at your career. Cheerful Jupiter is expanding your 2nd House of Income, and his trine to resourceful Venus in your 6th House of Work resonates with your ambitious plans to accomplish a lot today. Thankfully, you don’t have to prove anything to anyone at all. You deserve a bit of downtime now, so grab it while you have the chance.

Virgo Horoscope AUG 23 – SEP 22

You could wake up in a positive mood, willing to patiently go along with whatever happens today. You realize you’re okay waiting for satisfaction because of the limited potential pleasures that are currently available to you. Even if you try to fight against the changes, your resistance fades quickly once you sink beneath your noisy thoughts and into the less familiar non-verbal world of emotions. Ultimately, your feelings will steer you in the right direction now if you let them.

Libra Horoscope SEP 23 – OCT 22

It feels as if your boundaries are paper thin today, prompting you to withdraw into the world of your feelings so that you don’t have to deal with anyone’s judgement. You really don’t want to waste energy rationalizing what’s in your heart. The positive signals coming from your subconscious are integrally connected with your truth. Your negativity is the biggest thing standing between you and your success. Jump in and follow your instincts before you change your mind.

Scorpio Horoscope OCT 23 – NOV 21

It is in your best interest to temporarily set aside your personal pursuits so you can concentrate on selfless acts of generosity now. But don’t spoil the moment by asking what’s in it for you. If you really need to know the answer, you’re entirely missing the point. Ultimately, if you focus on exhibiting the highest expression of love, the emotional rewards will circle back and touch your heart in ways you would never expect.

Sagittarius Horoscope NOV 22 – DEC 21

You might bury your anger because you don’t want it to interfere with the lovely energy that’s floating through your environment today. Thankfully, it may seem as if everything you touch turns to gold as magnifying Jupiter harmonizes with valuable Venus in your 2nd House of Money. But acquiring riches isn’t your key to happiness. Your willingness to work in service to others is the priceless gift that brings you true spiritual satisfaction.

Capricorn Horoscope DEC 22 – JAN 19

Unfortunately, you can’t hide from your responsibilities today just because good times are calling your name. Thankfully, you can still enjoy yourself by expressing your creative urges within a practical project. The good news is that gracious Venus harmoniously trines joyous Jupiter in your 9th House of Big Ideas, encouraging you to play new games. Adventure awaits if you’re conscientious enough to meet your obligations before leaving work behind.

Aquarius Horoscope JAN 20 – FEB 18

Your feelings are so raw now that you don’t know how to say what you’re thinking without upsetting others. However, maintaining silence isn’t a smart strategy either, since suppressed emotions will find a way to blast their messages to the surface sooner or later. In fact, the longer you pretend everything is fine, the more likely you are to strike out at the wrong target. Fearlessly expressing love transforms obstacles into meaningful learning experiences.

Pisces Horoscope FEB 19 – MAR 20

You’re a bit too eager to please others now with accommodating Venus hard at work in your 11th House of Social Networking. Jolly Jupiter’s current magnanimity makes it easy for you to be a wonderful friend, but you must be cautious about only acknowledging the good news. The power of positive thinking is contagious, but you could take your optimism too far today. Obsessing on potentially negative outcomes isn’t useful, but neither is burying your head in the sand. Work within the constraints of reality for the best results.

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If You Were Born Today, February 9

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If You Were Born Today, February 9

You are a person who is very committed to what you believe in, and sometimes very stubbornly so! You are a true artist at heart–creative to an extreme, and sometimes nervous if you are not channelling your considerable artistic talent constructively. Compassionate and concerned, you care much about others, but often come across in a detached manner. It is very important that you finish the projects you start, which is not always easy for you, in order to feel content and satisfied.

Famous people born today: Alice Walker, Mia Farrow, Joe Pesci, Gypsy Rose Lee, Dean Rusk.

Courtesy of Cafe Astrology

2016 Year of the Monkey Love Horoscopes

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Year of the Monkey Love Horoscopes

Adventure and play rule in this year of fun love!


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2016 Year of the Monkey Horoscopes

 

 

 

 

2016 Year of the Monkey Horoscopes

Energy, drama, and innovation abound in this Chinese year


Associated with mischief, the Year of the Red Fire Monkey will be one of adventure, curiosity, and innovation. The trend of steady growth and ethical leadership will be abandoned for excitement — expect to see lots of drama in the public sphere throughout 2016! Wild behavior, bold trends, and attention-getting antics characterize Monkey years.

This year will be a great time to solve problems and invent gadgets. Anyone working in a technological or creative field is sure to benefit from this innovative energy. More conservative industries like finance, real estate development, and manufacturing can suffer from fads, hasty decisions, and impulsive behavior, though.

Trickery is often associated with the Monkey year, so it’s very important to get second and even third opinions about major moves. Don’t hesitate to perform background checks on prospective employees and romantic partners. Find out if any complaints have been filed against doctors, lawyers, and contractors before enlisting their services. When in doubt, go with seasoned professionals who have a long history of excellent service. The last thing you want is to be taken for a ride by an unscrupulous opportunist.

With regard to personal improvement programs, furthering education will yield the most impressive results. Undertaking a challenging course of study is strongly advised, especially for scholars who are passionate about their subject.

Because it’s a Red Fire year, this period will be characterized by drama, excitement, and showmanship. The fashion world will opt for bright colors and daring styles. Humorous books, movies, and television shows will prove wildly successful on the entertainment front. Romance will be intense, passionate, and extreme — it’s easy to fall head over heels in love during a Red Fire year. It will be a time of action, not reflection.

Take the motivational energy of this Red Fire year to strive toward something bold. When it comes to dreams, playing it safe will not pay off in the Year of the Red Fire Monkey!

Keep reading for your sign’s Year of the Monkey Horoscope.

Rat Horoscope

You would do very well transitioning to a new career this year. The Year of the Fire Monkey rewards Rats who pursue their heart’s desire on the professional front. Real estate ventures can yield wealth for your resourceful sign. Money can also be gained through legal channels. The Rat should be very protective of their health, taking care to rest frequently and drink lots of water. Working around the clock can cause fever, anxiety, and kidney problems. Take at least one relaxing vacation in 2016.

Ox Horoscope

The calm and collected Ox should prepare for professional challenges in the Year of the Monkey. Instead of resting on your laurels, strive to exceed expectations and improve weak areas. Money will become available through innovation, like offering new products and services. Stretching exercises will promote good health, as well as emotional versatility. Pay careful attention to your digestive system, though, avoiding rich food and excessive alcohol. The Year of the Red Fire Monkey will also benefit shy Oxen who push themselves to join clubs and sports teams.

Tiger Horoscope

Brave, powerful, and stately, the Tiger will be called upon to make order out of chaos in the Year of the Red Fire Monkey. Instead of leaving a job, it’s better for to stay put and implement improvements. Moneymaking prospects won’t be fabulous, so be financially conservative this year. Tigers that further their education will make the most gains. Nervous tension can be a problem for you though; a slow, steady pace wins the race for Tigers in 2016.

Rabbit Horoscope

The Year of the Red Fire Monkey offers plenty of professional excitement for the ambitious Rabbit. Finding a new job or moving into a more rewarding industry could happen for many members of this sign. The artistic Rabbit will draw inspiration from this year’s creative energy. Lovable Rabbits will be even more popular than usual, making the rounds of parties and exclusive get-togethers. But Monkey years can make your sign accident prone; the smart Rabbit will wear safety equipment and avoid risky behavior throughout 2016.

Dragon Horoscope

The vital Dragon will get some exciting career opportunities this year. Your managerial skills will be much needed during the Year of the Red Fire Monkey; if any sign can make order of this chaotic time, it’s yours. An unexpected inheritance, tax refund, or legal settlement can also enrich your coffers in 2016. Digestive problems can wreak havoc with the Dragon’s system, though. Staying away from rich food and excess alcohol is strongly advised — wise Dragons practice moderation in Monkey Years.

Snake Horoscope

The Year of the Red Fire Monkey will present at least one opportunity for career advancement to the cunning Snake. Although this promotion may be small, it’s worth celebrating. Working for a different division or answering to another boss can greatly benefit you. Unemployed Snakes would be wise to donate time and resources to a volunteer organization in 2016. Monkey Years give rewards to philanthropic Snakes. Take it easy at the gym, though. Fire years can tempt Snakes to push their bodies too hard.

Horse Horoscope

The independent Horse will benefit from the creative energy 2016 affords. The Year of the Fire Monkey rewards those who are innovative and daring. If you want to start your own business, launch a new product, or provide an innovative service, go for it. Friends can lead to professional opportunities for you, too — Monkey years are highly social for the Horse. The fast pace of 2016 could cause health problems and anxiety, though, so deep breathing exercises and relaxation techniques are strongly advised.

Sheep Horoscope

The Year of the Red Fire Monkey will urge you shy Sheep to showcase your talent! Professional opportunities are available if you summon your courage and take some risks. Monkey years reward Sheep that are confident, direct, and optimistic. Old friendships could give way to new ones this year. Be open to meeting new people and going out more often. Lastly, a diet primarily comprised of lean protein, whole grains, and fresh produce will keep you healthy throughout frenetic 2016.

Monkey Horoscope

The intelligent Monkey will have a wonderful chance to launch a business venture in 2016. The Year of the Red Fire Monkey will confer professional success for creative, bold, and flexible Monkeys. Extra money won’t be forthcoming this year; it’s a time to plant seeds, not sow them. A quickly expanding social circle will keep you busy — socializing, innovating and brainstorming with others can benefit you now. Playing sports will promote good health, too.

Rooster Horoscope

The Year of the Red Fire Monkey will pose many professional challenges to the capable Rooster. It’s best to practice financial restraint during 2016 — reducing expenses can be result in a handsome nest egg. Too much time on social media sites can be a waste of valuable time during this frivolous year, though. Wise Roosters will channel their energy into health initiatives, since the Year of the Red Fire Monkey can bring renewed vitality your way.

Dog Horoscope

The intense energy of the Year of the Red Fire Monkey may cause other signs to sweat, but not the diligent Dog. Instead, you’ll watch and wait for the perfect career opportunity and then pounce when the time is right. Unemployed Dogs have a great chance of finding steady jobs that offer creative fulfillment. If you’re already employed, you can earn money through freelance work. Proper sleeping habits will also help the Dog make the most of this amusing year.

Pig Horoscope

For the Pig to enjoy a successful Year of the Red Fire Monkey, draw strength from friends. Fortunately, it’s easy for your charming sign to draw influential people into your social network. Professional prospects will stay strong for Pigs that establish themselves as team players. Monkey Years reward creative collaborations. Because 2016 could be extremely busy, take care to factor in plenty of rest time. Running from one activity to another could result in burnout. Naps can prove tremendously therapeutic.

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Your Weekly Astrology Report for February 8 – 14

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Astrology: February 8-14, 2016

A fresh start

It’s a week of beginnings and brilliance! Read all about the new things in store…

 

Monday, February 8: New Moon Aquarius

An innovative New Moon in Aquarius on Monday will open up doors of possibility you might not have even known existed. This will be the lunation to set your sights high and believe in the power of your wishes.

It’ll also be a time to plant new seeds in your social life. Join a group that meets to discuss and learn about one of your interests — maybe even an Astrology organization! Make a splash on social media if you’re not already doing so. Attend that party, fundraiser, or political function. You never know who you’ll meet!

Wednesday, February 10: Venus trine Jupiter

On Wednesday, Venus and Jupiter will be at a delicious trine, making love as sweet as can be. Expect to feel sustained and spoiled by your honey. This may also be a day for financial reward.

Saturday, February 13: Mercury enters Aquarius; Mars sextile Jupiter

Then on Saturday, Mercury enters Aquarius, where he’ll remain until March 5. Mars will also sextile Jupiter. Your mind will burst with even more brilliance than usual, and you’ll have plenty of energy to pursue a major goal. The bigger, the better!

 

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The Current Moon Phase for February 9th is Waxing Crescent

February 9
Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 1%

The Moon today is in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

Phase Details for – Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 1%
Moon Age: 0.96 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 369,428.67 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,601,364.30 km

The Witches Magick for Tuesday, February 9th (Special Request) – Spell For Contacting A Friend

Spell Casting
Spell For Contacting A Friend

This spell should be used to cause someone with whom you have lost contact to contact you. It is not manipulation so much as an astral call for contact when you have no other way to reach them that you know of.

You will need:
White candle anointed w/ sandalwood oil
Sandalwood incense
photo of the person
small glass of water.
salt

Light the white candle and the incense. Place the picture of the person on your altar. Put 2 heaping tablespoons of salt in the palm of your right hand. Let a small amount of salt trickle into the glass while making the sign of the equal armed cross of the elements. Make this cross 3 times. Say ” Call me” three times as you do this. Then set the glass on the altar and say “Get in touch with me, please.” They should contact you by the time the water has evaporated from the glass.

 
Author:
Rowan Moonstone

Magickal Activity for February 9th, The Festival of Yemanja – Yemanja’s Magick Wishing Bowl

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Yemanja’s Magick Wishing Bowl

Items needed: White paper; a white enamel bowl; a blue 7-day candle; seven white fresh chrysanthemum flowers; some blue food coloring or anil (a blueing agent).

Begin by writing your desire on the piece of white paper. Place the paper into the bottom of a white enamel bowl. Set the candle on top of the paper in the bowl, fill the bowl with water, and use the food coloring or anil to color it blue. Carefully place each chrysanthemum flower in the bowl of water, light the candle, and make your wish.

The candle must be left to burn out completely. This will take approximately seven days. At the end of this time, you must take the entire bowl (candle and all) to the nearest large body of water. Gently put the entire contents into the water along with seven silver coins. Make your wish, turn, and walk away. Do not look back.