Astronomy Picture of the Day – Closest Star has Potentially Habitable Planet

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 August 25

Closest Star has Potentially Habitable Planet
Image Credit & License: Y. Beletsky (LCO), ESO, Pale Red Dot Team

Explanation: The star closest to the Sun has a planet similar to the Earth. As announced yesterday, recent observations confirmed that this planet not only exists but inhabits a zone where its surface temperature could allow liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth. It is not yet known if this planet, Proxima b, has any life. Even if not, its potential ability to sustain liquid water might make it a good first hop for humanity’s future trips out into the Milky Way Galaxy. Although the planet’s parent star, Proxima Centauri, is cooler and redder than our Sun, one of the other two stars in the Alpha Centauri star system is very similar to our Sun. The featured image shows the sky location of Proxima Centauri in southern skies behind the telescope that made many of the discovery observations: ESO’s 3.6-meter telescope in La Silla, Chile. The discovered planet orbits close in — so close one year there takes only 11 days on Earth. The planet was discovered by theESO’s Pale Red Dot collaboration. Although seemingly unlikely, if Proxima b does have intelligent life, at 4.25 light years distance it is close enough to Earth for two-way communication.

Earth Sky News for August 25th: Constellation Cepheus looks like a house

Constellation Cepheus looks like a house


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Your Charm for August 25th is The Caduceus

Your Charm for Today

Today’s Meaning:
You will find you have within you the ability to resolve all conflicts and disagreements with regard to this aspect. You will find an eloquence you did not realize before.

General Description:
The staff of Mercury was given to him by Apollo in exchange for the lyre. The rod was endowed with the remarkable power of deciding all quarrels and bestowing wonderful eloquence upon its possessor. Mercury proved this when he saw two serpents fighting. Placing the rod between them and using his eloquence he reconciled the serpents, who then embraced each other, and becoming attached to the rod formed the caduceus. The pine cone is credited with health giving power, and the wings symbolize speed and the flight of thoughts between friends. This ancient talisman was supposed to be a charm fo prosperity, rendering its possessor healthy, wealthy and wise.

Your Witches Rune for August 25th is The Wave

Daily Witches Rune

The Wave

Meaning: This rune symbolizes your friends and family and their influence upon you. Its meaning is usually derived from the other stones closest to it. This rune is also associated with travel. A journey abroad is indicated especially if the Sun rune is nearby, but a journey for someone close to you if the Moon stone is closest. If it is near to the Rings it foretells a holiday or long distance relationship.

Your Ancient Symbol Card for August 25th is The Journey

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Journey

While physical travel may be involved, The Journey represents an individual’s spiritual trek from one point to another. The Journey is represented by a sailboat gliding across an open sea. Like those traversing the ocean The Journey requires that we move off the firm ground of our present state and strike out for a new destination. The trip itself may well be full of adventure and challenges. There may be times when we lose sight of where we came from and possibly not even know where we’re going. Storms may crop up without warning. Diversions may slow our progress to our destination down. While it’s good to have an idea of where you want to go, it’s equally important to remember that often it’s the getting there and not the destination that is the most rewarding. To take such a spiritual voyage takes courage and conviction that direction in which your are moving is right for you.

As a daily card, The Journey indicates a time in which you are likely to derive insight and spiritual growth by moving off your everyday path. Although the time span is short, this movement may have a profound and enduring effect on your life. Indeed you may be on the verge of experiencing a revelation, or enjoying a period of self actualization. Be open to new paths and you may well end up with some very positive changes in your life.

Shuffling The Minchiate Tarot Deck, Your Daily Influences for August 25th

 Your Influences for Thursday, August 25th


Tarot Influence

The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man always represents trials, tribulations and constant struggle. Your path may be a difficult one. However, The Hanged Man does endure to become spiritually wise—possibly prophetic.









Astrological Influence


Pisces brings intelligence and perception to the forefront. This may be a time to rely more on serendipity than cold, hard facts.










Element Influence


Water is the card of hidden truths and emotions. It also calms and soothes and is basic to life. The Water card may denote a period of discovery, fulfillment through learning and the unraveling of mysteries

Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Aug. 25th is The Sun

Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today

The Sun

Only The Universe card of the Crowley Tarot can match the blessings that come with The Sun. While it certainly doesn’t promise a life’s path without some bumps in the road, The Sun indicates all will be well. The Sun is our Cosmic Nurturer. Life flourishes under its radiant beams. It provides the illumination to find Truths and lights one’s path so they do not get lost. To stand in the rays of The Sun is to shine. To absorb its energy promotes growth, exceptional physical and mental health, and good fortune. The Sun is empowering, elevating and fills those who bask in it with confidence and sense of self-worth.

Your Daily Tarot Card for August 25th is The Hierophant

Your Daily Tarot Card for Today

The Hierophant

The Hierophant represents the protector of a culture’s heritage and traditions. His purpose is to defend and teach the established ways and beliefs a group embraces. He is inherently conventional and a true believer in the power of the group. He loves the structure of the group and its values. It is the task of The Hierophant to bring new members into the group—to prepare the uninitiated to take their rightful place in his culture. In this sense he is very much like a teacher or a priest. He also acts as the repository of his group’s history. The Hierophant is certainly not one to buck proper authority. However, he is a staunch and worthy defender of the tried and true. He represents the positive aspects of tradition and conformity.

Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, August 26th






Get A Jump On Tomorrow….

Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, August 26th

by Rick Levine


General Horoscope

We lose steam today as priorities change and our previous goals don’t seem so urgent. We can’t find enough wind to fill our sails as energetic Mars stressfully squares diffusive Neptune. Although restrictive Saturn is still reinforcing the status quo, we’re confused by our loss of direction. Nevertheless, the restless Gemini Moon stokes up our impatience until 11:06 pm EDT when the Moon slips into cautious Cancer and emotions overwhelm logic.

Aries Horoscope MAR 21 – APR 19

A realistic approach to your unfulfilled dreams prevents you from quitting your job and sailing off into the sunset. However, action-hero Mars is stepping away from Saturn’s stern grasp in your 9th House of Big Ideas and your mind churns with every imaginable possibility. Your fantasies are like a runaway train now, and mystical Neptune’s presence tempts you to throw caution to the wind. Give yourself permission to dream the impossible dream, but don’t try to turn every passing whim into reality or you’ll exhaust yourself in the process.

Taurus Horoscope APR 20 – MAY 20

Your boundaries are being stretched beyond the regular limits today, yet it’s better to take a calculated risk of your own choosing than to react to a challenge thrust upon you. But it’s difficult to fully comprehend the bigger picture now as nebulous Neptune squares Mars in your 8th House of Transformation, distorting your perception of change. Nevertheless, if your overactive imagination prompts you to expect more from your relationships, get busy and make your wishes come true.

Gemini Horoscope MAY 21 – JUN 20

You have something to say to nearly everyone today, but not everyone has something to say to you. Although you’re normally quick to interact with others, the Moon in your curious sign causes you to think so fast you misread people’s signals. Unfortunately, a deceptive Mars-Neptune square indicates that your incorrect interpretation sets you up to chase an illusion. A small but conscious modification to your fantasy may be all that’s needed to put it within reach.

Cancer Horoscope JUN 21 – JUL 22

You might be grappling with the fine line between fact and fantasy as your serious nature snaps you back from the realms of imagination today. But just as you accept the limitation of your daily work duties, a surreal Mars-Neptune square urges you all over again to believe in the possibility of your wildest dreams. Red-hot Mars fuels your enthusiasm, which feeds your professional ambitions. Nevertheless, you could lead yourself astray if your actions are not grounded in reality. Finding the sweet spot between the rational and irrational is your ticket to success.

Leo Horoscope JUL 23 – AUG 22

Confusing messages about love make it tricky to know how to react now. While expressive Mars energizes your 5th House of Romance, its dynamic square to magical Neptune stimulates your imagination. Thrill-seeking is a wonderful distraction unless your impulsive actions are slightly off target. Fortunately, a practical plan saves the day because stabilizing Saturn grounds your fanciful flights with reality and gives you a chance to actually find the elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Virgo Horoscope AUG 23 – SEP 22

You want to be appreciated for your authenticity, but your actions don’t seem to communicate your real intentions. Avoiding negative thinking is a real challenge today, especially if you feel like others aren’t seeing you in your true light. Unfortunately, you might overcompensate for your apparent invisibility by telling stories or exaggerating the facts while delusional Neptune squares defensive Mars in inspirational Sagittarius. Ultimately, you must set your own limits; no one will do it for you.

Libra Horoscope SEP 23 – OCT 22

You can be quite decisive about your goals today, but uncertainty at work makes it difficult to execute your plan. Clinging to your original agenda brings frustration as your destination grows further and further away. Thankfully, freeing yourself from an impossible situation is as simple as altering your approach. Instead of waiting for clarification from your coworkers, just proceed confidently until you receive feedback that you need to reset your bearings. Remaining unattached to the outcome prevents emotional distress. Maintaining a sense of humor helps you roll with the punches.

Scorpio Horoscope OCT 23 – NOV 21

Although you may have already drawn a line in the sand, your solid grasp of the facts seems to be slowly slipping away. Optimism is a positive motivating factor, but when blind it can prompt you to overstep sensible limits in your quest for emotional satisfaction. Exercising extra caution is advisable now so you don’t act on a foolish impulse. Thankfully, responsible Saturn empowers you with the persistence and patience you need to gain the self-mastery you seek.

Sagittarius Horoscope NOV 22 – DEC 21

It might seem like you stood up tall to one challenge after another and are now, finally, ready to fly. Warrior Mars in your sign is enthusiastically wired to push ahead on all fronts. However, Mars forms a debilitating square to fantasy-prone Neptune, muddying the waters and making it more complicated to take on an adversary or just go for the gold. Ultimately, you may find your toughest competition is staring right back at you in the mirror.

Capricorn Horoscope DEC 22 – JAN 19

You are not enthused about sharing your ideas with your colleagues now because you’re afraid they won’t approve of your radical methods. After all, you’re more ambitious than others; sometimes you even need to cool your jets if you get too far ahead of the pack. Underestimating the size of a job can mean big trouble down the road while a blurry Mars-Neptune square distorts your 3rd House of Information. Preemptively slow down and ask others for their feedback. Resist less; listen more.

Aquarius Horoscope JAN 20 – FEB 18

You’re eager to wage battle for a cause today, but you could flounder if you don’t have all your facts in order and your ducks in a row. Thankfully, you can be very successful if you’re willing to accept the assistance of your allies now that action-packed Mars is visiting your 11th House of Networking. Nevertheless, as noble as it is to fight for something important, stop and re-evaluate your plan before foggy Neptune sends you on a wild good chase. Moderating your efforts prevents you from wasting a lot of time and energy before it’s too late.

Pisces Horoscope FEB 19 – MAR 20

Words flow off your tongue today, enabling you to charm your way into someone’s heart or mind. Thankfully, you possess the gift of gab while the Moon is visiting witty Gemini. Nevertheless, you might be fighting with ghosts while courageous Mars squares phantasmagorical Neptune in your sign. Focusing your energy on practical goals may be an uphill battle now if you’re too busy talking up a storm. When you need something concrete to believe in, start with yourself.


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If Today is Your Birthday: August 25


If Today is Your Birthday: August 25

Your clever mind, warm approach, and strength of character are traits that naturally put you into a position of quiet leadership. You are articulate and make an engaging conversationalist, and you especially love to talk with people. Your curiosity is powerful. You pick up and analyze the details of any given situation, and you need to know. As logical and analytical as you are, you nevertheless have powerful intuition, which you tend to develop more strongly as you mature – it takes experience to learn to trust it. You are a natural teacher, not because you want to prove what you know, but rather because you have a true love of knowledge and wisdom. You gravitate towards romantic partners who reflect dynamism, responsibility, and a strong work ethic. You are very idealistic in love. Famous people born today: Leonard Bernstein, Sean Connery, Gene Simmons, Elvis Costello, Billy Ray Cyrus, Claudia Schiffer, Blake Lively, Alexander Skarsgard, Rachel Bilson, Tim Burton.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

Your birthday occurs around a Third Quarter Moon this year, and you are reaching an important turning point in terms of personal growth. You may be more emotional this year, and should watch for unnecessary conflicts and making hasty decisions as a result. Otherwise, this is a year of greater understanding and a strong desire to take care of business. This should be a busy, dynamic period in your life.

You have good artistic sensitivity this year, and you are especially candid and enthusiastic, which endears you to others.

Your ability to express yourself and to solve problems is enhanced. You may have opportunities to travel this year, and matters related to publishing, teaching, and writing should go especially well. You may find that you have the right information at the right time this year. You could also have big ideas and plans. Work, especially in communications, goes well. You are able to visualize in broader terms and see the “big picture” now. Your optimism can help you to attract positive circumstances into your life. You are especially enthusiastic about your ideas, and expressing yourself comes easily. Public relations and negotiations tend to run especially smoothly. This is a time for making long-range plans, seeing the big picture, and thinking about what is really important to you in the long run.

There can be significant involvement in publishing, television, or other areas where sharing ideas with large groups is a theme.

Pleasing circumstances surrounding your love life, finances, and creative pursuits are in store this year. You are generous, and others return the favor. You might receive financial backing or special gifts in the period ahead. You seek a little more from your love life and you are likely to receive it. Some of you could fall in love this year, or existing relationships are enhanced. Adventure-seeking is a theme.

With Mars conjunct Saturn in your Solar Return chart, you are more determined and hard-working than usual. This is an excellent time to get organized and to stick with projects through to the end. When you face obstacles to your goals, which is a likely scenario this year, you are likely to just keep on pushing. Progress may be slow, but it’s steady and solid. What you accomplish now will benefit you for years to come. You may be called to task for a responsibility that you’ve avoided in the past.

You are likely to attract growth-oriented relationships into your life. Your powers of negotiation are very strong.

Cooperation is a theme in your life this year. This can be a strong period for new interests, learning, and communications. You are better able to come to a good balance in attitude this year, and many life departments can benefit. You are more patient and willing to use strategy in your financial and romantic life. You’re in an exceptionally strong position for taking advantage of new opportunities while keeping your feet on the ground.


2016 is 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.

2017 will be a Number Seven year for you. Ruled by Neptune. This is a year of preparation, chance, and refinement. It is not a time of dramatic changes. Instead, it’s a year when reflection on the past is helpful, and when refinements to your life path should be made. It’s a good year to study and analyze. Unexpected twists to your life story and “chance” meetings are probable. Advice – take stock of your life in order to prepare for more exciting years to come, examine the past and plan for the future, get in touch with your deepest needs and uncover your personal power, don’t strain yourself or actively try to expand.

Courtesy of Cafe Astrology

Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, August 25th






Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, August 25th



Aries Horoscope

If there were road signs for your life, you’d be reaching one that reads “slow down” today, dear Aries. You will be most successful if you examine whether your actions have real meaning, as this gives you a purpose and a direction. Now is a better time for service to others than for self-seeking efforts. However, don’t take this too far – watch for con artists and impractical schemes today. When it comes to educational or transportation matters, there can be some confusion. Just for today, it’s better to work on projects that are already underway or in progress than beginning anew.



While the Moon in your resources sector points to some stable energy now, dear Taurus, as the day progresses, there can be irritability as plans seem to be thwarted. Perhaps you didn’t notice something going awry or there could be someone who isn’t being completely honest with you. Even if others are questioning your motives or plans – or you theirs – it’s a time for listening to your heart and recognizing what you truly want. It can take some trial and error to get there, but it may very well be worth it. The day is best used for slowing down and realigning yourself rather than trying to push for something to go your way.



A potentially challenging day is in store if you allow your heightened sensitivity rule, dear Gemini. Make a conscious effort to avoid focusing your attention on negative issues or small flaws now. Work matters can feel draining, and tasks that normally wouldn’t get to you might now seem far more challenging to complete. It can be difficult to see partnership, professional, and public matters clearly. You might feel that someone is pushing you towards a goal that doesn’t quite suit you, or that whoever you try to please, you just can’t seem to get anywhere. Try to use your imagination in constructive ways today and avoid going along with plans that don’t sit completely right with you.



The inclination today is to pull back a little from situations or people who seem to demand too much of your time or energy today, dear Cancer. Rest is certainly appropriate today, but you may also need to make sure you handle at least some of your chores. Tasks that require concentration, focus, or deliberate, direct action can suffer today. If possible, apply your energy to more creative, inspirational, or spiritual efforts. You can be longing to get away, as the escapist in you is alive and well right now. Duplicity is possible in your dealings with others, but the tendency to deceive yourself runs high as well – you may be seeing things in terms of wishful thinking. Your body may be especially sensitive to allergens, drugs, or harmful elements in the environment. Find ways to de-stress and detoxify.



With Mars in your solar fifth house these days, dear Leo, there is more dynamism in your creative and romantic life. However, Mars aligned with Saturn yesterday, slowing you right down and alerting you to possible obstacles in your way. Now, Mars is challenged as it forms a square with Neptune, and conflicts with love interests can emerge but they can be very hard to define. Tensions regarding shared resources or finances with a partner (or ex-partner) can be part of the picture, as you’re inclined to become frustrated with an imbalance of power or matters of give and take. On a physical level, be gentle with yourself. Artistically, this can be a fertile period, however, but attempts to box yourself in or follow rules may no longer be viable.


Virgo Symbol/Glyph

Although the energies of yesterday asked you to be mature and deliberate, dear Virgo, you may need to deconstruct things before you can make real sense of them today. As the day moves ahead, interactions with people – and outside world generally speaking – can be draining and confusing. There can be misunderstandings, or attempts to get things done that fizzle out. As much as you’d like to know what’s ahead, you may feel confused and in the dark for now. It’s better to help others out only if you truly want to, not for any other reason. Dealing with routine matters can be tricky. Your perceptions of a significant person can be way off, swinging to extremes. Try not to take concrete steps towards new endeavors now, and instead, work on gathering your strength.


Libra Astrology Glyph-Symbol

Yesterday required a practical mindset, dear Libra, but there is a decidedly impractical, ungrounded energy to today, particularly as it progresses. Worry about things that you can’t control and letting your imagination run to negative scenarios of what might happen are tendencies today but are entirely not productive. Keep your wits about you. Don’t try to push or rush something that will take time to unfold. Transportation and communication can be unreliable. You’re unlikely to know where you stand with others, and emotions can be up and down if you let other people control your happiness. People may be deceiving you, or you could be fooling yourself with wishful thinking. Try to let go of the need to know and consider that sometimes not knowing is just fine.


Scorpio Symbol Glyph

While yesterday’s energies emphasized the need for order, definition, and structure, dear Scorpio, you could feel increasingly lost or in the dark today. This is not a day for pushing anyone or anything. The universe is giving you a message to slow down and to build your patience. Others might be irritated or frustrated, and so might you! However, you have a slightly better chance than many signs to model “go with the flow” energy today. Watch for unnecessary purchases, or on the other end of the spectrum, excessive worry about money. Personal plans are not likely to take off now, and it would be wise to simply wait for another day to push them forward. Past neglect of your resources can catch up to you. Mixing love and money can be regrettable, and gambling is unlikely to pay off. Be conservative.


Sagittarius Glyph Symbol

Mars in your sign stimulates all sorts of enthusiasm and energy for starting new things and for handling those projects that are already in progress with vigor, dear Sagittarius. However, today Mars squares Neptune, and this can have the effect of stopping you right in your tracks, likely due to confusion or doubt. Alternatively, it may lead you astray, chasing a dream that is out of reach. You might not know where to begin, or where to channel your energy, and you could end up spinning your wheels. Take this as a sign to slow down long enough to catch your bearings. As well, this is a time for visualizing what you truly want before making your next move. Projects that have less significance in your life may need to be put aside now.


Capricorn Symbol/Glyph

Mars in your privacy sector squares hazy Neptune today, dear Capricorn. Your vision is clouded just for the moment. It can be very unclear what you want, or if you know what it is you want, how to go after your goals. Confrontation with reality these days can tone your enthusiasm down a tad. It’s not the time to jump to any conclusions or to sign on the dotted line. Guilt about the past can interfere with the present, and others might even be trying to make you feel guilty. Keep in mind that what’s most important is making yourself happy. Try to schedule undemanding activities today as much as possible.



You may be feeling a little out of sync today, dear Aquarius, as timing can be off. The tendency is to focus on matters that turn out to be a waste of time and effort, and in some cases, this is a form of procrastination. You may not be seeing the value of material things very clearly at the moment, so you should probably make big purchases at a better time. Mixing friends and business or money is not advised. Watch also for contributing so much to a group effort that you feel resentful and even taken advantage of. Draw boundaries if need be, although a better strategy today may be to observe and intuit rather than take hard action.



There can be some problems staying focused today, dear Pisces, particularly as the day progresses. You may need to temporarily let go of an idea or back off from a problem in order to understand it better. However, you can begin to feel drained and depleted of energy. You may feel less than effective, and not especially strong. Your desires can be unusual or otherwise difficult to fulfill. You are not as practical as usual. It can be challenging to know what your next move should be, so if you can, take extra time for yourself if going with the flow is not comfortable. New business ventures may look better right now than they actually are. Watch for doing all the work and others grabbing the credit.