Tonight – April 28, 2016 – as seen from around the world, Jupiter crosses your meridian and climbs to its highest point for the night at or around 8:30 p.m. local time (9:30 p.m. local Daylight Saving Time). That’s the time on your clock no matter where you are on the globe. Jupiter is said to be at upper transit (highest point) when it resides on the meridian.
How can you identify Jupiter? Easy. It’s the brightest starlike object in the evening sky now.
And, of course, this isn’t just a one-night event. Jupiter has been the brightest starlike object in the evening sky for some months and will remain so until Venus returns, sometime during July.
Telescope aficionados get especially excited when a planet shines in the vicinity of the meridian. The higher the planet climbs in the sky, the more the likelihood of a crisp image.
Have a telescope or a pair of binoculars? Then try your luck at seeing Jupiter’s four major moons this evening. Click here to view the present positions of Jupiter’s four major moons: Io, Europa, Callisto or Ganymede. Begin with low power, because it’s easier to get a sharper focus, especially when Earth’s atmosphere is less than steady (if the stars are twinkling wildly, then the atmosphere is turbulent).
When Jupiter (or any other heavenly body) crosses the meridian, that body resides at one of three places: at zenith (straight overhead), due south of zenith or due north of zenith.
By the way, two other visible planets will cross the meridian tonight: Mars and Saturn. These two worlds shine fairly close together on the sky’s dome, and on April 29, both will shine in the vicinity of the meridian around 2 a.m. local time (3 a.m. local daylight saving time). Again, the precise transit times for your sky are available at this U.S. Naval Observatory page.
By the time that July 2016 comes rolling around, Mars and Saturn will be near the meridian in the evening sky, which might be a more convenient time for viewing these worlds than in the wee hours of the morning.
Bottom line: Now is the time to enjoy Jupiter, the king of planets and the brightest starlike object in Earth’s night sky, as it crosses the meridian – line in your sky, passing straight overhead from due south to due north – around nightfall or early evening.
Bruce McClure is the chief writer for the popular EarthSky Tonight pages. Since joining EarthSky in 2004, he has written thousands of astronomy articles, enjoyed here by millions. He also writes, gives planetarium shows and hosts a wide assortment of public astronomy programs in and around his home in upstate New York. If you ask an astronomy question on our site, it’s likely to be Bruce that answers it. His love for the heavens has taken him to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, and he has sailed the North Atlantic, earning his celestial navigation certificate through the School of Ocean Sailing and Navigation. Bruce is also a sundial aficionado. He says his number one passion – besides his wife Alice – is stargazing.
This aspect will be influenced by a sudden strong stroke of good fortune. This good fortune will be unpredictable and will last only a short time. It will bring with it good health, happiness and success.
This talisman was a great favorite in olden times, and was composed of the Seven Vowels of the Greek Alphabet. The desired favours were supposed to be granted upon the correct utterance of the forty-nin different sounds of the Seven Vowels, each vowel having seven distinct methods of expression. Of the many benefits supposed to be conferred were – good health, happiness, wisdom, fortune, foresight, success in all undertakings, complete protection from moral, as well as physical ills, and control over the powers of darkness. The ancients thought that there was an affinity between the seven vowels and the seven planets which they believed kept this earth in existence.
The Storm represents the trouble and discord that creep into our lives from time to time. The storm is represented by a tornado whirling its way across a fertile plain. Tornados are powerful but relatively small, short lived storms, which means that while the turmoil they indicate may be strong it will at least pass quickly. Like the tornado, The Storm is a force outside yourself and beyond your control. During a stormy period you may lose ground. However, knowing one is upon you can certainly help you keep your losses to a minimum, or even turn what might be a disaster into a windfall.
As a daily card, The Storm denotes a time when you should be prepared to face some large challenges in your life. You may find yourself losing more than you gain for awhile. The key to weathering the storm is preparation. You know its coming, so be ready for it and there is a possibility that you can transform a tumultuous event into something good.
Meaning: This is a rune of difficulty and negative influences will rule your life for a time, but as all difficulties are a learning experience it will lead to improved personal perspective and progress on your life’s path. Always consult the surrounding runes with this stone. If it lies with a positive stone, it indicates that the pain of this experience will lead to a beneficial change in circumstances
The Emperor is blessed with the skills to successfully lead others. He can turn chaos into order and provide structure to that which is unbound. He is quick of mind and confident in his power and right to rule, and does so in a just manner. Although stern by nature, he truly is the ultimate father figure. He will provide as needed, teach those with unanswered questions, protect the vulnerable, set and maintain boundaries. His perfect world runs on schedule and is free of any disturbances. What the Emperor must be wary of is setting boundaries and rules where none are needed. If he isn’t careful not to over use his powers he may well become a tyrant.
The Hermit denotes a need to have some space between you and the everyday hustle and bustle of our busy world. The Hermit needs to retreat. Indeed, happiness for The Hermit requires seclusion, freedom from material wants, and time for intense introspection. The answers The Hermit needs cannot be found in our physical world. The truths he seeks are internal, spiritual, and the distraction of a well developed social life can only impede his quest for his personal truths. Still, although not anything remotely resembling extroversion, The Hermit does sometimes need to share time with others; so he can both learn and teach, guide and be guided. The Hermit’s time spent amongst people depletes his energy rapidly. To avoid mental and physical overload he has to retreat from social settings quickly.
The Moon moves into your social sector early morning, dear Aries, and you’re ready to entertain goals that reflect your needs outside of career and business. Venus enters your solar second house today, and will continue to transit here until May 24th. Mercury just turned retrograde in this sector and will remain retrograde for most of this period. You may find some gems in the past or in areas that you may have missed. This is a time when you benefit from slowing down, building, and revamping. You can have good luck with seeing value in projects, objects, and situations that you may have otherwise overlooked. There is a stronger attraction to comfortable and valuable objects and situations now. Monetary gains and losses can have more to do with a partnership than usual. There is increasing attention to personal possessions, money matters, natural talents, and matters of security and comfort, and this will continue for much of May. Build, repair, gather, stockpile, and review for best results now.
Venus enters your sign today, dear Taurus, and will grace your solar first house until May 24th. This is one of the stronger times for personal attraction – for magnetizing what you want. This time around, you have Mercury retrograde in your sign virtually the whole transit. This points to a nice boost to your appeal and a good time to build and develop personal plans, but some need for further review and attention to what worked for you in the past. It may be best to edit and refine rather than push projects and initiatives ahead. Good energy for your love life is with you now, although you may not be ready to make any solid decisions. Certainly, people are finding you more attractive than usual. Your softer, more receptive side is enhanced and more noticeable now. Romantic matters, as well as pleasure-seeking activities, come to the fore. You may not be feeling the power of this period quite yet, but you will very shortly.
Venus moves into your privacy zone today, dear Gemini, where it will transit until May 24th. The Sun and retrograde Mercury are already in this same sector, and Venus here turns your even stronger attention to the past as well as to your inner world. For some, this cycle is a time when merging with another person can be a yearning, and this can be expressed as discontent or spiritual longing, or you might express your love in ways that are selfless. Dealing with private matters of the heart or affairs, unrequited love, or longing for something that cannot manifest in real terms, might figure now. Otherwise, you might take special pleasure in your private life. In fact, benefits can come from behind the scenes. Someone or something from the past can re-emerge and this can be helpful. Making decisions about money and love is not as straightforward during this cycle, and it’s wise to take your time.
Venus begins its transit of your ideals and friendship sector today, dear Cancer, where it will stay until May 24th. The Sun and retrograde Mercury are already in this area of your chart, and now there is even more emphasis on your social life and goals. Charm and grace are energies readily and naturally brought to your friendships during this cycle, and this can come in especially handy with retrograde Mercury here – it may help minimize or soften misunderstandings. There can be more pleasure and satisfaction from groups of like-minded individuals, or with friends and associates. There may be a focus on the past when it comes to groups and friendships, with the possibility of old friends reappearing. Camaraderie is especially important in your life now.
Venus enters your career and reputation sector today, dear Leo. The Sun and Mercury are already in this area of your solar chart, and Mercury has just turned retrograde. While this is a good time for public appeal and attention to life path and career goals, you will benefit from some review of these things in the weeks ahead. This is a time for cautious moves and edits or adjustments rather than bold new beginnings. Romantic opportunities, or more chances to socialize and network, are likely through the pursuit of business goals. For some, your love life or relationships can come into stronger view. Today is strong for connecting with others one on one.
Venus moves into harmony with your sign and your adventure sector today, dear Virgo, and will continue to transit this area of your solar chart until May 24th. The Sun and Mercury are already here, and Mercury just turned retrograde. Venus can help soften some of the problem areas associated with Mercury’s retrograde. This move reinforces the idea that treasure is to be found by looking to the past – to ideas, plans, and projects that were put on a shelf. This is an especially good time for reviewing, editing, revising, and reconsidering, particularly in educational and publishing matters. It’s a strong time to pick up an old interest or study that deserves a second look. You might become inspired by a loved one now, or someone might awaken a new perspective or way of thinking in you.
Venus begins its transit of your solar eighth house today, dear Libra, where the Sun and retrograde Mercury are currently transiting. While you should be moving forward slowly and working on refining and revamping what you already have, Venus here can bring more happiness and joy in doing so. Venus can also bring rewards and benefits – typically in small ways, but noticeable. Focus on the past helps you to get into better touch with knowing where you’re coming from. Future decisions will be stronger if you take the time to understand the past. Attracting resources from outside sources comes more easily. You might be working through or sorting out money problems or issues of sharing with a partner. This can also be a strong time to better understand your dependencies.
Venus moves into your partnership sector today, dear Scorpio, and will transit here until May 24th. This is generally a strong transit for relationships and negotiations. This year, Mercury is retrograde in the same sector and will remain retrograde for most of Venus’ transit here. Close relationships get special attention now, and there can be a stronger focus on matters of the past or past relationships themselves. This is a time for more hospitality, adaptability, and accommodation. People are drawn into your life quite magnetically. Decisions about people and love in general tend to stay on the fence, however, during this period. This may be experienced as your own indecision or through others – someone is a little distant or undecided. People need a little space, but it’s also a good time for teaming up and spending time with people you care about.
With Venus entering your work and health sector today and with Mercury’s retrograde in the same area of your chart, dear Sagittarius, there are benefits to slowing down, processing, and looking to the past before pushing plans forward. Redoing and refining past work can be of benefit, and returning to old routines and health programs may also be rewarding now. Venus’ transit of this sector lasts until May 24th, and helps to promote harmony and good will on the job. For many, this can be a time for finding more pleasure in your routines, work, and efforts to enhance health. Look to past methods that truly worked for you.
Venus enters your romance and pleasure sector today, dear Capricorn, and will continue to transit this part of your solar chart until May 24th. This is one of the more favorable transits of Venus as it enhances and supports your natural charm. During this cycle, it’s natural for you to turn on the charm without even truly trying. You feel a little more playful now, and love matters tend to be laced with a touch of drama. Mercury has just turned retrograde in this same sector, which tends to complicate matters a little. While love and attraction are favored, there can be some turning to the past or indecision involved. Old creative projects might be revived now. For some, old relationships or forms of entertainment and hobbies can reappear. The Moon moves out of your sign early morning today, and this can act to settle your emotions – needs don’t feel quite so urgent.
Today, you’re beginning a cycle that lasts until May 24th in which home improvement is a focus, dear Aquarius, whether it involves redecorating or boosting your relationships with family. There is more comfort and joy experienced in home life and with familiar situations, people, and things. Bringing peace, harmony, and beauty to your home environment becomes a strong need, and with the Sun and Mercury also in the same sector, a lot of your attention is turned to your personal life. Mercury has just turned retrograde in this sector, and not everything is likely to run smoothly, but the effort you put into redoing, refining, and adjusting will be rewarded down the road. This can be a time of reunions and/or the revival of old projects, especially those related to home and family.
There is stronger emphasis on learning and communications in your life recently, dear Pisces, and today, Venus enters the sector of your solar chart that rules these things. This cycle that lasts until May 24th can stimulate more enjoyment, opportunities, and rewards through making connections, siblings, studies, short trips, and transportation. Your need for company increases. Mercury has just turned retrograde in this same sector, and this can mean that you can’t count on smooth sailing in these areas of life. However, doing some backtracking, strengthening, editing, and building can be quite satisfying now. Some of you will be returning to old interests, projects, studies, or channels for communication. Old acquaintances or classmates could re-emerge. Today is strong for connecting one-on-one with a partner or special friend.
You are a practical, security-minded person who feels most comfortable in the world of the five senses. Gentle and intuitive, you form close relationships with others that last. Although you are considerate and concerned, you can also be quite stubborn and fixed in your ways. You are a very hard worker, often taking on more than your share. Famous people born today: Jay Leno, Penelope Cruz, Jessica Alba, Ann-margaret, Jorge Garcia.
Your Birthday Year Forecast:
With the Sun and Moon in harmony in your Solar Return chart, the year ahead should be satisfying and balanced overall. You are in comfortable demand and personally popular, and you are able to achieve a decent balance between work and play; personal and professional life. For the most part, you are on top of your game this year, and positive connections with others can be made fairly easily. With the ability to handle your emotions successfully, there is less stress on both your mind and body. Your self-confidence and positive attitude will reward you!
This is an excellent year in which to advance projects revolving around communications – writing, speaking, selling, and so forth. Your reputation may be enhanced through word of mouth. Making new contacts through learning and mental pursuits figures strongly as well.
You are willing to put in the effort and dedication to a mental interest or project. You are focused, detail-oriented, and may be perfectionistic.
It’s a good period in your life for taking necessary steps towards making yourself feel more secure and safe, and for family or domestic activities. This is also a period when you more readily support or defend others.
Relationships can prosper as you deal with one another in a more balanced, fair, and peaceful way. The platonic elements of a relationship may be emphasized now. This can also be a very creative, artistic time, and an excellent period for opening up communications with others, as you are more sensitive than usual and more willing to listen. Getting your point across is easier, as it’s not only about what specific words you choose to communicate, you intuitively express the meaning and intention behind the words. You can effectively use words to soothe, heal, and teach this year. You are also especially open to new ways of looking at problems, thus it’s considerably easier to find solutions. You may be gaining respect for your ideas and intelligence.
However, you need to be aware of a tendency to be attracted to impractical ventures at times this year. As well, your energy can vary greatly from one period to the next, so take advantage of the “high” periods in order to offset the possible loss in productivity during the low-energy stages.
This is a strong period for cooperation and friendship, as well as for communications, learning, and connecting. You may be making good contacts with others, particularly through shared interests or schooling. Positive plans and lifestyle changes can be made at this time in your life. There will be times when you battle with varying energy levels, so take advantage of the periods of high motivation.
2016 is a Number Five year for you. Ruled by Mercury. This is a year of exploration and freedom. It’s a time when exploration and reaching out to others brings opportunities. It’s a good time to advertise and sell. Surprises are in store, and the routine is broken. This is a year when exciting relationships can be formed, or, if you are already in a partnership, new life is breathed into the relationship. Advice – explore, look for adventure, keep your eyes open for opportunities, mingle.
2017 will be a Number Six year for you. Ruled by Venus. This is a year of relative contentment. It is a time when love is the easiest to attract, and partnerships formed under this vibration have a better chance for longevity. You are able to attract others, and material things as well, this year. This is a good year for establishing harmony in the family and in the home. Advice – develop existing relationships, be positive and receptive because these kinds of energies help you to attract what you desire.