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2021 November 2

SN Requiem: A Supernova Seen Three Times So Far

Image Credit: NASAESAHubble; Data: S. A. Rodney (U. South Carolinaet al.; Image Processing: J. DePasquale (STScI)Explanation: We’ve seen this same supernova three times — when will we see it a fourth? When a distant star explodes in a supernova, we’re lucky if we see it even once. In the case of AT 2016jka (“SN Requiem”), because the exploding star happened to be lined up behind the center of a galaxy cluster (MACS J0138 in this case), a comparison of Hubble Space Telescope images demonstrate that we saw it three times. These three supernova images are highlighted in circles near the bottom of the left frame taken in 2016. On the right frame, taken in 2019, the circles are empty because all three images of the single supernova had faded. Computer modeling of the cluster lens, however, indicates that a fourth image of the same supernova should eventually appear in the upper circle on the right image. But when? The best models predict this will happen in 2037, but this date is uncertain by about two years because of ambiguities in the mass distribution of the cluster lens and the brightness history of the stellar explosion. With refined predictions and vigilant monitoring, Earthlings living 16 years from now may be able to catch this fourth image — and perhaps learn more about both galaxy clusters and supernovas at once.


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November 2 Daily Correspondence Digest for the Daily and Birthday Horoscopes

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Moon Alert

There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The Moon is in Libra.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Resist the urge to convince others to agree with you today. Even though it’s not that important, you might repeatedly return to a particular subject. Possibly, you will attract someone to you who is doing this to you? (Yikes!)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

A strong astrological influence might make you pushy with coworkers today. You might insist on introducing reforms and better ways of doing things. Far better that you discover the secret of how to get cooperation from others.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Parents must be patient with kids today. Likewise, lovers and romantic partners must be patient with each other. In sports, players might be at each other’s throats, especially disputing a call from a referee. This is because people are obsessed with their ideas today. Lighten up!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

In discussion with family today, especially regarding home repairs or how to deal with garbage and recycling – be patient. Remember to listen to what others have to say. Resist the urge to power through with your ideas hoping that everyone will fall in line.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You might be obsessed by an idea today. It will preoccupy your mind even if it’s not important. Perhaps you can’t get a song out of your mind like “Billy, Don’t be a Hero.” (Oops, sorry about that.) Steer clear of arguments with others. Keep the peace.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

When it comes to shopping or financial matters today, you will be totally focused on one idea. Very likely, you want to have your way. You want to convince others to agree with you, or you want to act on your compulsions about buying something. Easy does it.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today Mercury is in your sign at odds with big daddy Pluto. This can make you obsessed about an idea to the point that you want to convince others to agree with you. However, instead, you can use this same energy to look inward and examine your deeper values and motives.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

The wisest way to use today’s astrological energy is to look inward because you can obtain something of real value. Study hidden forces that compel you to do things. What you learn might change your life! This kind of introspection can yield positive results.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Avoid arguments with friends or members of groups because people are caught up in their ideas today and convinced that they’re right. This means it’s hard to reach any kind of agreement. No one is listening to each other. The joke is that whatever the argument is about is relatively pointless, anyway. Go figure.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Avoid confrontations with parents, bosses, VIPs and the police today. If they take place – it won’t be good. This is because people are caught up in their own ideas and quite obsessed with their own way of thinking. Naturally, this puts people at odds with each other. (Yikes!)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Study of any kind will go well today because you have a one-pointed mind. In particular, you will be fascinated to learn more about secret subjects or esoteric matters, including psychology, the occult, mythology and paranormal events. Boo!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You might encounter resistance or have a dispute with someone about shared property, taxes, debt or anything that you own jointly with someone else. You might also argue about shared responsibilities? The point to remember is that people are hung up on their ideas today. Best to live and let live.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actor David Schwimmer (1966) shares your birthday today. You are easy-going and laid-back. Sometimes you are shy and reserved. Because you are nurturing and compassionate, people like you. This year is the last year of a nine-year cycle, which means you are letting go of what is no longer relevant in your life. It’s time to lighten up so that you’re ready for next year, which is a time of new beginnings!

Zodiac Sign Is Scorpio

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IF YOU ARE BORN TODAY ON November 2, chances are you have a bubbling personality. You can be restless, however, and need to be mobile. These Scorpios usually are flexible and will not hesitate to quit a job. You are not limited to one profession.

The idea that you can do better, keeps you motivated and determined to find your niche in life. Additionally, you realize that you may have to leave your comfort zone in order to achieve the success you know that you are capable of having.

The November 2nd birthday personality is friendly. You like being active and social. It is said that you can be an extremist. You are persistent almost to the point of being obsessive.

Given these birthday characteristics, you should be careful when dealing with matters of the heart. Jealousy and possessiveness generally are qualities that will land you in trouble and in some case, in trouble with the law.

On the other side, the 2nd November birthday horoscope shows that you are shy and reserved people. Unlike those born under the same zodiac sign, you stay away from the spotlight. You are comfortable all alone, doing your own thing.

If today is your birthday, have a tendency to be creative and it requires a serene environment. This attitude can also be seen in your personal life as well. You keep to yourself at home and with your partner. When it comes to friends, generally you keep few close. It’s not like this Scorpio birthday people to discuss their personal business with many people.

As someone’s friend, the November 2 zodiac birthday person will make a loyal friend. However, you may want to control your friends and how they run their lives. You can’t do that. Although you love them, you have to let your people make their own mistakes and decisions. You have only the best intentions at heart but you need to keep your thoughts to yourself… sometimes. Occasionally, you are not even aware of what you are doing.

The November 2 birthday astrology predicts that you are concerned with your health. You are consistently working on yourself. Your fitness routines and eating habits are on point. You follow guidelines but generally add your unique style. In addition, you don’t need a gym to get your exercise. The November 2nd birthday personality is likely fond of challenges and would enjoy a climb or hiking in the woods. Usually, you will go by yourself.

Let’s talk about your career. I’m so excited for you as you have many talents that could be lucrative. You are capable of acting, writing and drawing or painting. Art is really what you are passionate about. On the other hand, you would make some parent very happy as a teacher or counselor.

The November 2nd birthday meanings show that you are not driven by money as your principles cannot be bought. You would prefer to work in an environment that gives you personal satisfaction and a sense of pride at the end of the day. On a much larger scale, if you thought about entertaining or performing, it is also possible that you could be successful in this field as well.

Your friends say that you have a way of getting people to do what you want. As a Scorpio born on this day November 2, you have been given this very important gift. If mirrors are the gateways to our souls then you are an open book. Your eyes, they say, are wickedly expressive and remarkable. More often than not, you don’t have to say a word… your eyes do the talking for you.

Overall, the November 2 birthday people love life and want the best out of it. You are a spiritual person who is determined, loving and reserved. You are an extremist… there isn’t a middle ground for the Scorpion born today. You either do or you don’t. When you do, you do your best and typically are successful. You like being by yourself. With silence, you can create, write or take care of your artistry needs.


Famous People And Celebrities Born On November 2nd

Rachel Ames, Stevie J, KD Lang, Nelly, Stefanie Powers, Lauren Velez, Luchino Visconti, Roddy White

See: Famous Celebrities Born On November 2

This Day That Year –November 2 In History

1327 – Crowned King of Aragon, Alfonso IV takes his seat.
1887 – Connie Mack takes Margaret Hogan’s hand in marriage.
1943 – Riga Latvia, a poor Jewish community, is ruined.
2006 – Rachel Hunter and Rod Steward get a divorce.

November 2  Vrishchika Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)
November 2 Chinese Zodiac PIG

November 2 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is the Mars that represents courage, vitality, power, and authority.

November 2 Birthday Symbols 

The Scorpion Is The Symbol For The Scorpio Zodiac Sign

November 2 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birth Day Tarot Card is The High Priestess. This card shows that you have a thirst for knowledge and have powerful personality. The Minor Arcana cards are Six of Cups and Knight of Cups

November 2 Birthday Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign PiscesThis relationship is emotionally charged with good understanding.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Taurus: This love match between the Scorpion and the Bull stands no chance for success.

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November 2 Lucky Number

Number 4 – This number stands for stability, rigidity, focus and determination.
Number 2 – This is a number that symbolizes acceptance, forgiveness, dedication and simplicity.

Lucky Colors For November Birthday

Red: This is a bright color that symbolizes wrath, revenge, competition, passion, will power and courage.
White: This colour is a peaceful color that symbolizes wisdom, tranquility, innocence and purity.

Lucky Days For November Birthday

Tuesday – This day is ruled by Mars and stands for physical conquering of goals and objectives.
Monday – This day ruled by Moon stands for psychic abilities and an ability to be calm and cool even in the most dire circumstances.

November 2 Birthstone Topaz

Topaz gemstone is symbolic of intuition, true love and excellent interaction in relationships.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On November 2nd

A digital photo frame for the man and a pair of topaz earrings for the woman.

November 2 Daily Correspondence Digest for the Northern Hemisphere’s Moon Phase and Planetary Positions

You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else, you know was on the date the person was born.


The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this part of the Moon cycle, the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.

Visit the November 2021 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waning Crescent Phase

The Waning Crescent on November 2 has an illumination of 8%. This is the percentage of the Moon illuminated by the Sun. The illumination is constantly changing and can vary up to 10% a day. On November 2 the Moon is 26.83 days old. This refers to how many days it has been since the last New Moon. It takes 29.53 days for the Moon to orbit the Earth and go through the lunar cycle of all 8 Moon phases.

The 8 Lunar Phases

There are 8 lunar phases the Moon goes through in its 29.53 days lunar cycle. The 4 major Moon phases are Full Moon, New Moon, First Quarter and Last Quarter. Between these major phases, there are 4 minor ones: the Waxing Crescent, Waxing Gibbous, Waning Gibbous and Waning Crescent. For more info on the Moon Cycle and on each phase check out Wikipedia Lunar Phase page.

If you need to calculate the planetary positions for a specific use and time, click on this link

To figure out GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) to your local time use this link

For Your Local Time and Date

Northeastern Hemisphere

The time for the Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Frankfurt, Germany, Europe

2 November 2021
01:00 pm GMT 5:00 PM CET
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:10 Scorpio 19
Moon:08 Libra 11
Mercury:24 Libra 42
Venus:27 Sagittarius 12
Mars:01 Scorpio 59
Jupiter:22 Aquarius 43
Saturn:07 Aquarius 18
Uranus:12 Taurus 53 Rx
Neptune:20 Pisces 38 Rx
Pluto:24 Capricorn 29
True Lunar Node:01 Gemini 50 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:02 Gemini 41 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):11 Gemini 52
Chiron:09 Aries 23 Rx
Ceres:10 Gemini 12 Rx
Pallas:09 Pisces 10 Rx
Juno:25 Sagittarius 54
Vesta:22 Scorpio 27
Eris:24 Aries 04 Rx

Northwestern Hemisphere

The time for the Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Denver, Colorado, USA

November 02, 2021
11:00 pm GMT 5:00 PM MDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:10 Scorpio 44
Moon:14 Libra 11
Mercury:25 Libra 20
Venus:27 Sagittarius 37
Mars:02 Scorpio 16
Jupiter:22 Aquarius 44
Saturn:07 Aquarius 19
Uranus:12 Taurus 52 Rx
Neptune:20 Pisces 38 Rx
Pluto:24 Capricorn 30
True Lunar Node:01 Gemini 49 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:02 Gemini 39 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):11 Gemini 55
Chiron:09 Aries 22 Rx
Ceres:10 Gemini 08 Rx
Pallas:09 Pisces 09 Rx
Juno:26 Sagittarius 02
Vesta:22 Scorpio 41
Eris:24 Aries 04 Rx