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 November 22
Explanation: Is there an ocean below Sputnik Planum on Pluto? The unusually smooth 1000-km wide golden expanse, visible in the featured image from New Horizons, appears segmented into convection cells. But how was this region created? One hypothesis now holds the answer to be a great impact that stirred up an underground ocean of salt water roughly 100-kilometers thick. The featured image of Sputnik Planum, part of the larger heart-shaped Tombaugh Regio, was taken last July and shows true details in exaggerated colors. Although the robotic New Horizons spacecraft is off on a new adventure, continued computer-modeling of this surprising surface feature on Pluto is likely to lead to more refined speculations about what lies beneath.
A famous variable star in Cepheus
Bruce McClure has served as lead writer for EarthSky’s popular Tonight pages since 2004. He’s a sundial aficionado, whose love for the heavens has taken him to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and sailing in the North Atlantic, where he earned his celestial navigation certificate through the School of Ocean Sailing and Navigation. He also writes and hosts public astronomy programs and planetarium programs in and around his home in upstate New York.
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The Words of Confucius
When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.
Meaning: In many cultures, the Star is a symbol of hope, dreams and destiny, and in the Witches Runes this symbol has a similar connotation. When the Star rune appears, it’s green light for you to go after what you want.
Note that the Star does not say you’ll get everything you want without any work. No. This symbol is a not about easy success, but about having faith in what you are doing – and doing it. In fact, the goals suggested by the Star are usually the highest and most significant ones – the ones that are hardest to get. It does not matter what the dream is, but its significance in your life. This symbol also represents ideals, and they can be both individual and collective ones.
In a more down-to-earth way, the Star is related to revolutions, changes, risks, speculation and all things motivated by faith and ideals. It can represent a sudden spark on inspiration, a windfall, a sudden rise to fame or a promotion. Though the sudden changes brought by the Star are usually positive, they are also fast: you can get back to point zero as quickly as you rose. So don’t be afraid to jump forward when the opportunity arises.
The Star urges you to take the risk, to have hope and to trust. After the staleness of Crossroads, the Universe finally begins to move again. If you believe in Higher Powers, this symbol shows that They are guiding you in this moment. The Star is a very positive rune, but in a more negative context it can represent revolution for revolution’s sake and the constant idealization of people and situations. It can also stand for excessive individualism when going after a dream.
In relationship readings, this rune represents hope and an idealistic kind of love. Usually the people involved in the relationship have high expectations about the other. They easily put their partner on a pedestal, only to feel frustrated when reality strikes. The Star can also represent unrequited love, or the love for someone who is unattainable. On the other hand, this rune tells you to not give up love entirely – keep looking, because someone is coming.
Additional Information About Today’s Witches Rune courtesy of Your Spiritual Journey Australia
Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today
Adjustment denotes an inner power, mastery of will and development of inner might. Through mastering one’s emotions and learning from both success and failure the person Adjustment represents has reached a place where they are influential without applying physical force, able to weather the roughest of storms, and not likely to abandon the less fortunate. Adjustment also denotes a large capacity for forgiveness and compassion. Adjustment is not as much about winning as it is about achieving balance, overcoming hardship, and using well crafted persuasion to gain allies. Adjustment suggests the need and ability to make our decisions based on objective perceptions of events, and good or bad, accepting responsibility for our actions
Your Personal Daily Tarot Card
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.
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The Scorpio-Sagittarius Cusp
Learn all about the personality of the “Cusp of Revolution”
If you were born on the Scorpio-Sagittarius cusp, from about November 18 to November 24, you were born on the “Cusp of Revolution,” and you are full of strength and rebellious energy.
Individuals born on between the signs of Scorpio and Sagittarius are ruled by the planets Pluto, Mars and Jupiter, and are a dynamic mix of Scorpio intensity and bold Sagittarius action. The result is a fearless individual quite capable of running wild!
If they can learn to channel all that energy toward something productive, these cuspers are likely to be successful at most endeavors because they’re not afraid to charge ahead, speak their minds freely and pursue their passions.
“Scorsagiuns” who learn to balance their complex personalities are well liked, and appreciated for their good humor and open minds.
Learn more about the revolutionary Scorpio-Sagittarius cusp:
Name of Cusp: The Cusp of Revolution
Date Range: November 19 to November 24
Strengths: Energetic, adventurous, powerful, accomplished, generous, passionate, humorous.
Weaknesses: Secretive, selfish, rebellious, wild, aggressive, blunt, misunderstood.
How Scorpio-Sagittarius energy works together: Scorpio’s is Water and Sagittarius is Fire, an opposing mix that creates complex personalities who are often misunderstood. If they can learn to balance their aggressive qualities with more adaptable traits, they will be powerful, generous and friendly folks to have around.
What they love: Freedom. Don’t try to box in a freedom-loving Scorpio-Sagittarius cusper! Their intense passion and need for action cannot and will not surrender to being controlled!
What they need: To be self-employed. Conflict can arise with authority figures because of this cusper’s rebellious nature and forthright manner, so they are better off working independently — as well as putting their efforts toward a humanistic cause they are passionate about.
Advice: Try to be less selfish and more in tune with others’ feelings, as well as more forgiving of other people’s mistakes.
Famous people born on the Scorpio-Sagittarius cusp: Calvin Klein, Jodie Foster, Indira Gandhi, Larry King, Meg Ryan, Ted Turner, Robert F. Kennedy, Goldie Hawn, Bjork, Voltaire, Scarlett Johansson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Miley Cyrus, Billy the Kid, Amy Grant, Joe DiMaggio, Christina Applegate, and John F. Kennedy Jr.