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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.
2018 July 12
Explanation: Only 11 million light-years away, Centaurus A is the closest active galaxy to planet Earth. Spanning over 60,000 light-years, the peculiar elliptical galaxy also known as NGC 5128, is featured in this sharp telescopic view. Centaurus A is apparently the result of a collision of two otherwise normal galaxies resulting in a fantastic jumble of star clusters and imposing dark dust lanes. Near the galaxy’s center, left over cosmic debris is steadily being consumed by a central black hole with a billion times the mass of the Sun. As in other active galaxies, that process likely generates the radio, X-ray, and gamma-ray energy radiated by Centaurus A
The closest new moon of 2018 – a supermoon – comes on July 13. You won’t see it, but Earth’s oceans will feel it. Then, 2 weeks later, we have the year’s farthest full moon.
2018 will have three new moon supermoons in a row, which are defined as new or full moons at or near their closest to Earth for that particular month. 2018’s new supermoons fall on June 13, July 13 and August 11. Thus this next new moon on July 13 is a supermoon; in fact, it’s the closest and largest of the three.
New moon falls precisely on July 13, 2018, at 2:48 UTC; that is July 12 at 10:48 p.m. EDT., 9:48 p.m. CDT and so on.
You don’t typically see a new moon, not even a new supermoon, but Earth’s oceans will feel it. This extra-close new moon will combine with the gravitational pull of the sun to give rise to wide-ranging spring tides – tides that are extra high and extra low – in the few days following July 13.
Plus, a few people in Earth’s Southern Hemisphere will glimpse this July 13 new moon. At least, they’ll see the new moon silhouette, or part of it, during a partial solar eclipse on July 13. A month from now, people at high latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere will be able to view the new supermoon during a second partial solar eclipse, on August 11.
Two weeks from July 13 – on Friday, July 27, 2018 – we’ll have the smallest full moon of the year. The year’s smallest full moon is sometimes called a micro-moon or mini-moon. It’s the opposite of a supermoon. A micro-moon always happens within a fortnight of the year’s closest new moon.
Moreover, this upcoming full moon on July 27 will stage this century’s longest total lunar eclipse that’ll be visible from most of the world’s Eastern Hemisphere – but not from North America.
The July 13 new moon comes especially close to Earth because it’s the year’s closest coincidence of a new moon with a lunar perigee.
New moon: July 13, 2018, at 2:48 UTC
Lunar perigee: July 13, 2018, at 8:28 UTC
But this is not the closest supermoon. Remember, supermoons can be new or full moons. At a distance of 222,097 miles (357,431 km), the July 13 perigee is only the 2nd-closest of this year’s 14 lunar perigees. The year’s closest perigee of 221,559 miles (356,565 km) accompanied the full moon supermoon on the night of January 1-2, 2018. Thus that full moon was 2018’s closest supermoon.
Now here’s an older term for the close alignment of the July 13 new moon with lunar perigee: some will call it a perigean new moon.
One fortnight after the perigean new moon, it’ll be a apogean full moon on July 27, 2018, that features the year’s closest coincidence of full moon with lunar apogee. At a distance of 252,415 miles (406,223 km), this will be the 2nd-farthest of this year’s 13 apogees. The apogean full moon on July 27 will be about 30,000 miles or 50,000 km farther away than the perigean full moon of July 13.
Full moon: July 27, 2018, at 20:20 UTC
Lunar apogee: July 27, 2018, at 5:44 UTC
The year’s farthest apogee – 252,565 miles (406,464 km) – took place on January 15, 2018, or one fortnight after the year’s closest perigee in early January 2018.
Don’t you just love the orderliness of the heavens?
Bottom line: The closest new supermoon of 2018 comes on July 13.
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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“Hag-all-az” – Literally: “Hail” or “Hailstone” – Esoteric: Crisis or Radical Change
Key Concepts: hailstones, crisis and catastrophe, disruption, radical change, destructive elements of nature, severe weather, the uncontrollable, unavoidable unpleasantness, Jungian shadow, psychoanalysis, regression, acceptance of the unalterable
Psi: disruption, change, personal past
Energy: power beyond human ability to harness, perfect pattern, seed formation, objective confrontation, destructive natural forces, chaos
Mundane: bad weather, obstacles, surprises, shelter
Divinations: Change according to ideals, changes for the long-term good, controlled crisis, corrections, completion, inner harmony; or catastrophe, crisis, stagnation, loss of power, loss of property, short-term disappointment, victim-consciousness, obsession with the past, blame.
Completeness and balance of power, integration of unconscious shadow elements
The inevitability of Fate, Wyrd, Orlog
Evolutionary progress and operations of becoming
The outworking of a perfect pattern
Protection through banishing or exorcising disharmonious patterns, protection
Awareness of the unconscious ideas for eventual processing
Causing discomfort in others by awakening their own subconscious ‘garbage’
Love indicates that love is either present in our life or a distinct possibility. Be open to all possibilities, remembering that true love is given freely, without condition, and does not have to be earned. This is the kind of love we want to welcome into our life and to give to others. Be open to new ideas, and beware of judging against someone in an unloving manner. When Love appears, return to the place where you can love yourself and then seek out the same love from others.
As a daily card, Love suggests that for those who are currently in a relationship the opportunity to deepen the bond is present. For those who are single, Love implies that the prospect for them to begin a romantic relationship is very strong at this time.
The Judgment card indicates that you’ve had some sexual hang-ups in the past, but you’re working toward getting over them. This is a period of transition, and although you’re doing the work, you may not be getting the exact results you desire. Forgive yourself for past missteps in order to take a sexual step forward today. Being afraid to express your true erotic self can even effect other areas of your life, so getting beyond your sexual inhibitions translates into a happier overall existence.
The Emperor card has selected you to let you know that you sow seeds of better things and more fulfilling times ahead. Give yourself permission to reach out for more, especially if you are dissatisfied. You create a solid foundation, built on a sense of higher purpose. If your current relationship suffers from stress, today let tender actions reveal what you may be unable to put into words. Rebuild, from the ground up.
The Ten of this suit represents an all-out effort, an obsessive commitment to a task which demands everything you’ve got. The person shown in decks with pictures is in no position to rest until he makes it inside the stout walls of the well-defended castle in the distance. If he fails, he will become prey for the highway robbers after dark.
It doesn’t matter that he’s overloaded and underfed. With this card, you have to do whatever it takes to get to completion — nothing can be allowed to interfere.
You are a colorful, likable, and intelligent person, but you are not always well understood, probably due to a somewhat contradictory nature. You have a way with words, possess great wit, and your intuition is very strong. If lacking confidence, you tend to get into a rut; but at your best, you embrace your spontaneity. Your life path is not always easy, but with age and experience, you learn how to avoid worrying excessively about the future. Famous people born today: Henry David Thoreau, Bill Cosby, Cheryl Ladd, Milton Berle, Michelle Rodriguez, Topher Grace.
Your Birthday Year Forecast:
The Moon is in its Balsamic phase in your Solar Return chart, marking this year the end of an important cycle, or stage of growth, in your life. You take more downtime than usual, and this is natural, even good for you. This is a year when you are likely closing important projects or “chapters” in your life. This is an important year for reorienting yourself – discovering what you want, and identifying what you need to do in order to move forward more positively.
Pluto opposes your Sun this year, and there can be some blocks and frustrations when it comes to going after what you want during this period. Pushing too hard to get your way can backfire. Avoid taking extreme measures to make things happen your way, and avoid people who might be doing same. Deliberately trying to maneuver things in order to get the upper hand will be a lesson in frustration. It’s important to avoid power games with others which can be all too easy to become a part of this year. Look for healthy ways to release frustrations.
Beautiful energy is with you in your social and/or romantic life this year. There can be a stronger tendency toward, or desire for, commitment and deep involvement in your relationships during this period. You may be taking love and/or friendship more seriously. You can be quite particular in your tastes, and better than usual with money and savings.
At the same time, you’re welcoming more spontaneity into your personal relationships, or at least some of them. You’re in excellent shape for social meetings and events as well as for situations that call for treating others with equality and respect. You are more courageous on a social level, and happily embrace the new, unusual, and out-of-the-ordinary with regards to romantic involvements as well as financial undertakings.
This could be a good year for financial endeavors involving electronics, technology, the internet, metaphysics, and the arts, as well as group activities. Circumstances may be such that you handle money more carefully this year.
You have a taste for the offbeat in the period ahead, and romance or friendship can enter your life unexpectedly, perhaps in a scenario that at least feels like love at first sight.
With certain relationships, you’re finding ways to make progressive or unconventional set-ups work, or injecting more excitement and fun into steady connections.
However, you may not always have follow-through when it comes to your projects as you may be experimenting with new ideas and hobbies. Watch for wasting too much time on new ideas if it comes at the expense of productivity. Ups and downs may lead to new commitments nevertheless.
If there are health issues this year, look for blockages or constrictions since Saturn is involved with the Node.
Idealistic and humanitarian goals or impulses surface this year. Making connections with others from different backgrounds may figure strongly. Widening your mind through unusual or different experiences can be part of the picture. You more easily make personal sacrifices for what you believe to be the greater good this year.
Saturn forms an opposition to your Sun from April to December 2019. Saturn calls upon you to identify the weaker areas of your life and to fix or strengthen them. Take the time to sort out details, improve your work, and become more efficient this month. Taking a slow and steady approach to life is necessary during this period. Pushing too hard will likely lead to frustration and setbacks. Take it easy and work on self-improvement. Results are not immediate, but will eventually come and bring healthy rewards. Relationships may be (or seem) more challenging than usual while Saturn opposes your Sun. Fortunately, this is a quick pass transit, lasting only a month or so instead of the usual several months.
You’re inclined to rock the boat this year so that you can break free from a limiting situation, but be mindful when/if making sweeping changes. With work, you’re expanding your interests in satisfying ways. Do watch for a tendency to communicate impulsively and to waste too much time on projects that don’t lead to something substantial. There can be increased steadiness and reliability in your social life, however, and some relationships (or a key one) improve happily. Your social life is more satisfying and people in your life tend to back you up.
2018 is a Number Three year for you. Ruled by Jupiter. This is a year of sociability. It is a friendly time when you find it natural and easy to enjoy life and other people. The focus is on personal freedom, reaching out to others, making new friends, and exploration. You are more enthusiastic and ready for adventure than you are in other years. It’s likely to be a rather lighthearted year when opportunities for “play” time are greater than usual. It’s also a favorable year for expressing your creativity. Advice – reach out and connect but avoid scattering your energies.
2019 will be a Number Four year for you. Ruled by Uranus. This is a year of work and development. It’s “nose to the grindstone” time. It’s a time to pay special attention to practical matters, and it’s not a time to be lazy or especially gregarious. Sometimes, it can be a year that feels hard, monotonous and routine, and/or lonely. Positive new relationships are often not formed in a Four personal year. However, it can be a wonderful year for building, development, and laying a solid foundation for future successes. Advice – get yourself organized, work to build your resources, keep busy.