6 May 2022 Southern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions Digest

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Southeastern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America

6 May 2022
03:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM BRT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:16 Taurus 04
Moon:19 Cancer 41
Mercury:04 Gemini 13
Venus:04 Aries 31
Mars:16 Pisces 14
Jupiter:29 Pisces 08
Saturn:24 Aquarius 33
Uranus:14 Taurus 52
Neptune:24 Pisces 43
Pluto:28 Capricorn 35 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 31
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 53 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):02 Cancer 25

Chiron:14 Aries 18
Ceres:26 Gemini 30
Pallas:02 Taurus 44
Juno:05 Pisces 29
Vesta:24 Aquarius 18

Eris:24 Aries 35



Southern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Cape Town, South Africa

6 May 2022
10:00 am GMTM 12;00 PM SAST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:15 Taurus 52
Moon:17 Cancer 12
Mercury:04 Gemini 09
Venus:04 Aries 17
Mars:16 Pisces 05
Jupiter:29 Pisces 06
Saturn:24 Aquarius 33
Uranus:14 Taurus 52
Neptune:24 Pisces 43
Pluto:28 Capricorn 35 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 31
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 53 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):02 Cancer 23

Chiron:14 Aries 17
Ceres:26 Gemini 25
Pallas:02 Taurus 39
Juno:05 Pisces 25
Vesta:24 Aquarius 14

Eris:24 Aries 34


Southwestern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

6 May 2022
02:00 am GMT 12:00 PM AEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:15 Taurus 33
Moon:13 Cancer 16
Mercury:04 Gemini 01
Venus:03 Aries 54
Mars:15 Pisces 50
Jupiter:29 Pisces 02
Saturn:24 Aquarius 32
Uranus:14 Taurus 50
Neptune:24 Pisces 42
Pluto:28 Capricorn 35 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 31
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 54 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):02 Cancer 21

Chiron:14 Aries 16
Ceres:26 Gemini 17
Pallas:02 Taurus 30
Juno:05 Pisces 19
Vesta:24 Aquarius 07

Eris:24 Aries 34


A Laugh for Today

Happy hump day!

A Thought for Today

We all possess magick in our heart and spirit. It is those of us that choose to learn who we are at our core that walk a spiritual path of more enlightenment.

Until we meet again dear sisters, brothers, and honored guests may you blessed be.

May 4, 2022 Daily Horoscopes Digest

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Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or making important decisions from 4:15 PM to 7:30 PM EDT today (1:15 PM to 4:30 PM PDT). After that, the Moon moves from Gemini into Cancer.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Something going on behind the scenes might somehow impact your earnings or your wealth or even something that you own. Be aware of this. In particular, be aware that someone, who might be working against your best interests, might try to take something from you. Not good!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

A competition with a friend or a member of a group might have an unexpected consequence today. Or perhaps, you will encounter someone who is unusual or different in some way? Take note that whatever happens might make you suddenly change your goals.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Something unexpected might spur you in a new direction today. This is why you might feel a sudden burst of confidence or ambition to get something down or achieve a particular goal. “I’m on it!” On the other hand, plans might suddenly change.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

This is a tricky day because in one way, you are keen to travel or do something to expand your world and experience new ideas, learn new things, and meet new people. Yes! Nevertheless, these plans might suddenly change. Travel could be cancelled or delayed. (Whaaat?)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Stay up-to-date with information related to taxes, debt, insurance matters and anything to do with the resources or wealth of your partner because something unexpected will impact these areas today. You might be caught off guard. Not good when it comes to your wealth! (You snooze, you lose.)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Tread carefully today because a friend or someone close to you might suddenly do something you least expect. They might make a surprising demand? Or they might have an exciting suggestion? Alternatively, you might meet someone today who is “different.” (It’s not a boring day.)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Strong feelings of independence will affect your work today. However, you might also encounter interruptions and sudden changes that affect your job today, especially related to technology and computers. Meanwhile, pet owners should be vigilant today. Check your pet.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Parents take note because this is an accident-prone day for your kids. Know where they are and what they’re doing. Meanwhile, social plans might suddenly change today. You might receive a surprise invitation; or fun plans might be cancelled. (Groan.) Guard against sports accidents.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You have a lot of energy to make some changes at home now, probably big improvements. Nevertheless, today is an accident-prone day for you at home (or with your family). Please be aware of this. On the upside, you might suddenly decide to do something unusual to make improvements.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You are a tad aggressive in your communications with others right now because you’re excited about something and you want to share your ideas. However, today is full of unpredictable influences. Pay attention to everything you say and do to avoid accidents.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Keep an eye on your money scene today because things are unpredictable. For example, you might find money; you might lose money. Be smart and protect what you own from loss, theft or damage. Keep your eyes open! On the upside, moneymaking ideas might be bold and unusual!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today you are full of electric energy! This is why you feel impulsive and restless. Nevertheless, do not go off halfcocked, which is possible. Think before you act or say something so that you won’t have regrets later. Use this wild energy in a positive way.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) shares your birthday today. You like routine and security. You think things through carefully then you stick with your decision. You are caring and kind to others. You particular love beautiful things. This year will be lighthearted and more social and fun-loving! Take care of your health and focus on service to others, especially family members. Rejuvenate yourself and consider a makeover.

May 4, 2022 Birthday Horoscope Digest

Birthday blessings! May the next year of your life be better than the past year! 

Click here to read anyone’s birthday horoscope from sunsigns.org

MAY 4 birthday horoscope predicts that you are honest and more reserved than the other Bulls. This ambitious, diligent and practical individual can sometimes display exaggerated authority. This needs to be controlled if you wish to be socially accepted.

If you were born on this day, the 4th May zodiac meanings say that you are known for your “big shoulders.” Your friends find comfort confiding in you. They know they can trust you.

The May 4 birthday personality are warmhearted, caring and receptive. You are naturally calm and collected yet; you can be bitter and immovable. It is a Taurus birthday trait that most individuals have if they were born today.

These Taurus birthday individuals can be forceful and selfish. You could be quite imaginative when it comes to creating a happy front. Your needs go unmet sometimes because you have given so much of yourself to others.

The May 4 horoscope analysis predicts that you reject the idea of leadership, but you know what you want in a soul mate. You are happiest coupled with a person who is true to life.

When it comes to personal relationships, the May 4 horoscope love compatibility predicts that this Taurus will want a long-term partnership based on love, trust, and respect. This is not something that you are willing to compromise. It is a commitment to loyalty and love.

You can be very generous and tender. On that note, you put your feelings out there so they can be hurt. This May 4 birthday characteristic,  makes you vulnerable. It is not easy for you to forgive and that is your weakness. Learn to control your emotions.

The May 4 birthday astrology analysis predicts that those born on this day will likely hesitate to take a traditional job. You need to feel a certain type of satisfaction that comes from lives being changed because of your efforts.

When it comes to careers, money is not the object but being productive is. Your area of expertise is dealing with causes. You would make a great campaign manager or promotions manager. Whatever you decide, it likely will be decided on by your desire to make a mark on the world.

The May 4 birthday horoscope predicts that those born on this day are active and fit. You are susceptible to stress-related illnesses, however. This could be your only concern. You should learn how to adjust your energies.

Although a certain amount of stress in normal, you should not take on more than you can chew. Learn to say “no,” Taurus. You cannot burn the candle at both ends like you used to. Close your curtains, turn off the phone and get some rest. Do not forget to eat your veggies. This will help balance your energy so you will feel better.

The May 4 birthday personality is a caring and trusting individual. Your friends find comfort when they come to you with their problems. You can soothe their troubled minds with your practical way of thinking. You have a mental picture of your ideal mate and want very much to be in a committed relationship.

Perhaps those of you born on this May 4th zodiac birthday should take better care of your health. Not getting enough rest lowers your immune system allowing your body to feel fatigued. Getting more exercise will help you sleep at night and relieve your body of undue stress.

Famous People And Celebrities Born On May 4

Erin Andrews, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Jackson, Mick Mars, Kimora Lee Simmons, Chris Tomlin, Randy Travis

See: Famous Celebrities Born On May 4

This Day That Year – May 4 In History

1715 – The first folding umbrella is unveiled in Paris.
1846 – Death penalty in Michigan is abolished.
1923 – The Nazi‘s and the socialists get involved in a street brawl with the police.
1946 – The Battle at Alcatraz continues; five die in a 2-day riot.

May 4 Vrishabha Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)

May 4 Chinese Zodiac SNAKE

May 4 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Venus that symbolizes beauty, creativity, good food, money and material pleasures.

May 4 Birthday Symbols

The Bull Is The Symbol For The Taurus Star Sign

May 4 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The Emperor. This card symbolizes your controlling personality. You have to realize that you cannot be the dominating force always. The Minor Arcana cards are Six of Pentacles and Knight of Pentacles.

May 4 Birthday Zodiac Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Leo: This can be an incredibly friendly match.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign AquariusThis love relationship between two stubborn people will not work out.

See Also:

May 4 Lucky Numbers

Number 9 – This number signifies natural leaders who can look at issues analytically.
Number 4 – This number signifies devotion, hard work, simplicity, and practicality.

Lucky Colors For May 4 Birthday

Lilac: This color stands for your subconscious, contemplation, nobility, and creativity.
Green: This is the right color that stands for security, peace, good health, and abundance.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Days For May 4 Birthday

Sunday – This is the day of the Sun that symbolizes a day of relaxation, rejuvenation, and self-expression.
Friday – This day ruled by planet Venus represents the positivity that relationships can bring.

May 4 Birthstone Emerald

Your lucky gemstone is Emerald which is a symbol of freshness, vigor, wisdom and mental peace.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On May 4

A yearly subscription to his favorite magazine for the man and a yoga mat for the woman. The May 4 birthday zodiac shows that you always complete what you start.

May 4, 2022 Current Moon Phase Digest

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 was born.


The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

Visit the May 2022 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waxing Crescent Phase

The Waxing Crescent on May 4 has an illumination of 12%. 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 May 4 the Moon is 3.34 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.

Phase Details

Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 12%
Moon Age: 3.34 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 405,247.14 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,871,249.83 km

Useful Moon Resources

May 4, 2022 Northern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions

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Northwestern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Los Angeles, California, USA

May 04, 2022
07:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM PDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:14 Taurus 18
Moon:27 Gemini 59
Mercury:03 Gemini 27
Venus:02 Aries 25
Mars:14 Pisces 52
Jupiter:28 Pisces 46
Saturn:24 Aquarius 28
Uranus:14 Taurus 46
Neptune:24 Pisces 40
Pluto:28 Capricorn 36 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 30
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 59 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):02 Cancer 13

Chiron:14 Aries 12
Ceres:25 Gemini 46
Pallas:01 Taurus 56
Juno:04 Pisces 53
Vesta:23 Aquarius 39

Eris:24 Aries 33



Northern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Chicago, Illinois, USA

May 04, 2022
05:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM CDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:14 Taurus 13
Moon:27 Gemini 00
Mercury:03 Gemini 25
Venus:02 Aries 19
Mars:14 Pisces 48
Jupiter:28 Pisces 45
Saturn:24 Aquarius 28
Uranus:14 Taurus 46
Neptune:24 Pisces 40
Pluto:28 Capricorn 36 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 30
Mean Lunar Node:22 Taurus 59 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):02 Cancer 12

Chiron:14 Aries 12
Ceres:25 Gemini 44
Pallas:01 Taurus 54
Juno:04 Pisces 51
Vesta:23 Aquarius 37

Eris:24 Aries 33


Northeastern Hemisphere

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

4 May 2022
10:00 am GMT 12:00 PM CEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:13 Taurus 56
Moon:23 Gemini 33
Mercury:03 Gemini 16
Venus:01 Aries 59
Mars:14 Pisces 35
Jupiter:28 Pisces 42
Saturn:24 Aquarius 27
Uranus:14 Taurus 45
Neptune:24 Pisces 39
Pluto:28 Capricorn 36 Rx

True Lunar Node:22 Taurus 29
Mean Lunar Node:23 Taurus 00 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):02 Cancer 10

Chiron:14 Aries 11
Ceres:25 Gemini 37
Pallas:01 Taurus 46
Juno:04 Pisces 45
Vesta:23 Aquarius 31

Eris:24 Aries 33


May 4 Daily Tarot Card, Rune, Witch’s Rune, Ogham Divination Journal

Tarot Card

Click here for more information about The High Priestess card from abyrinthos.co

High Priestess – Major Arcana

High Priestess Keywords

Upright Keywords Reversed Keywords
unconscious, intuition, mystery, spirituality, higher power, inner voice repressed intuition, hidden motives, superficiality, confusion, cognitive dissonance
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The High Priestess Tarot Card Description

You’ve most likely encountered the High Priestess before, but in other forms – she can be seen in the archetypes of Persephone, Artemis, Isis and many more. When you encounter her, you will see her sitting on a cubic stone between the two pillars at Solomon’s Temple, Jachin, and Boaz. Jachin (right) is generally referred to as the Pillar of Establishment and Boaz (left) is the Pillar of Strength. The pillars also depict the duality of nature; masculine and feminine, good and evil, negative and positive.

The High Priestess’s location between the two suggests that it is her responsibility to serve as a mediator between the depths of the reality. She is the third pillar – the path between. She believes that both pillars are equal and there is knowledge to be learned in both worlds. You will also notice that she wears the crown of Isis which can mean that she is a believer of magic. The high priestess wearing of the solar cross denotes that she is connected to the season of the earth and the earth itself. The crescent moon at her feet is seen also in many depictions of the Virgin Mary, and means that she has a complete grasp over her emotion and the pomegranates refer to the ambition of the priestess.

Upright High Priestess Meaning

The meaning of the High Priestess is related with inner knowledge. Her appearance in a reading can signify that it is time …


From therunesite.com


Sound: “k”
Stands for: Offering Cup
Casting meaning: Calc denotes the death of the individual, however it is not seen as a death rune. Like Ear, Calc indicates the natural ending or conclusion of a process. Do not view this ending as a termination, but as the end of an old era resulting in a spiritual transformation.

Witch’s Rune

From psychic-revelation.com

The Moon

Keywords: Change.

Meanings: The “x” marks represent the four main phases of the moon and so you can expect changes to happen within the next 28 days. This is a particularly feminine stone and often appears in response to questions about women’s issues. The Moon rune is a messenger. It is telling you to be aware that major changes are coming to your life. Consult the runes closest to it to determine whether those changes are negative or positive.


From LearnReligions.com


O is Onn, or Ohn, and represents the Gorse bush, sometimes called Furze. This yellow, flowery shrub grows on moors all year long, and is full of nectar and pollen. It’s a food source for many animals–the stalks are munched on by grazing livestock–but eventually Furze is set on fire. This controlled burn allows old deadwood to be gotten rid of, and clears the way for new life to begin. Gorse (Furze) represents long-term thinking and planning–knowing that sometimes we have to do without in order to gain things in the future. Gorse is a determined sort of plant that always comes back, and so it is also connected with perseverance and hope.

In some pieces of Celtic folklore, the Gorse is used as a protective barrier. Planting it around one’s home would keep the Sidhe away, and it can be shaped into a broom for sweeping away negative influences.

Ohn Correspondences

Mundane Aspects: Whatever you’ve been looking for is right around the corner–keep pursuing your goals, because they are within your reach. If you aren’t sure what path you should be on or which direction you should head, sit down and make a list of goals. Figure out the destination, and then you’ll be able to focus on the journey.

Magical Aspects: Your spiritual journey has provided you with an abundance of gifts. Don’t keep these blessings to yourself–share them with others! If you’ve been asked to take on a role as leader or mentor, now is the time to do so.

May 4 Daily I Ching, Numerology, Angel Number, Animal Spirit Guide or Helper Divination Journal

I Ching

Click here for more detailed information about Hexagram 9

Hexagram Nine/9

Hsiao Ch’u / Gentle Restraint

Winds of change high in the Heavens:
Air currents carry the weather.
Dense clouds blow in from the West, but still no rain.
The Superior Person fine tunes the image he presents to the world.

Small successes.


No matter what you do, the fruit of your labors never seems to ripen.
Your reward remains just out of reach.
Men have gone mad from such anticipation.
Don’t lose your balance lunging for the brass ring.
While the Fates continue to restrain you, go them one better and display a self-generated restraint and grace.
Look for the humor in the situation.


Click here for more information about the numerology meaning for the number 9 from numeroscop.net


Positive qualities

The main positive qualities of the Nine are good will to all people without exception, the ability to be sympathetic and to show mercy to those who need it.

Moreover, you have natural charm, the ability to awaken good feelings. Apparently, this quality is granted to you as an additional tool for the promotion of your views of life.

It would be fair to say that you also use this feature for other purposes. Sensual component of life is of great importance to you, so you don’t consider it necessary to ignore your own appeal.

Negative qualities

Negative qualities of the Nine include the tendency to dramatizing and extreme manifestations of emotion. In other words, you love making scenes. This is your way of releasing your inner tension. However, those around you don’t feel better because of this.

There is another interesting point: you are a little bit of a Don Quixote deep down inside. Meaning that you consider the old days to be the Lost Paradise. You think that the present days are certainly worse. There is no big harm in it, as long as you don’t make your spouse a scene because they refuse to challenge your neighbor to a duel.

Name Numerology

Nine in the name numerology – Minor Expression Number, Heart’s Desire Number and Personality Number – suggests …

Angel Number

Click here for more information on Agel Number 999 from informationseries.com

Nine Hundred Nity Nine/999

What does the 999 angel number mean?

What does angel number 999 mean? There are three 9’s in the line, which seems to be both good and bad numbers. Each number has a meaning.

The meaning of 999: A milestone in life is coming

It is said that angel numbers are significant when they are separated by three digits. The meaning of 999 is “when you fulfill your mission.” You’re at a milestone in life, and you’re asking them to look back at themselves calmly. There may be danger, but the angel wants to take a new path.

Meaning 9: Achieving and starting to the next goal

Angel numbers also have meaning in each number. The number of 999 is 9 and …

Animal Spirit Guide and/or Animal Spirit Helper

Click here for more information about the Spirit Animal of the Hawk from spiritanimaldreams.com


People with hawk spirit animal are keen on their businesses. This is more so because this spirit guide tells them where they could be going wrong.

The presence of the hawk spirit animal in your dream tells you not to speculate. This is not the time to pursue get-rich-quick schemes.

To fully understand the meaning of this dream, you have to consider a number of things. For example, you need to pay attention to your encounters with hawks in your waking life.

You need to stay in contact with nature as much as you can – especially when you are going through tough financial times.

This will open your mind’s eye to animal omens and the true meaning of the hawk spirit guide in your life.

The hawk dream is likely to visit you when you are going through hard times. This spirit guide wants you to know that all is not lost.

With the right effort, you can still turn your life around.

What’s the Symbolic Meaning of Hawk Animal Totem?

Symbol of Focus

The hawk spirit animal is one of the most focused birds in nature.

When this animal flies into your life, you are able to avoid distractions and …

Spells for Today


Wednesday is a good day to focus on getting over any slumps you may have. This day is considered the middle of the work week; and many people find themselves very tired by this point. That is why this day is a great day to do refresh, refrain, return, wake-up, and concentration spells. It is, also, another good day for meditation.


Refresh Spells – Refresh the Soul Spell

Items you will need for this spell:
1 bottle of peppermint oil
1 white candle
1 lighter or match
Dress the candle with the peppermint oil, being careful about contact with the skin. Place the candle on a fire-safe surface and light it. Close your eyes for about a minute and just allow yourself to breathe in the peppermint aroma. Open your eyes and say this chant nine times:

“Breathe in, breathe out.
I’m refreshing.
I’m restoring.
I’m feeling revived.
My energy’s soaring.”

Keep breathing in the aroma and close your eyes again. When you are ready, open your eyes and blow out the candle. This should give you a feeling of being refreshed.



Return Spells – Walk Backwards Return Spell

Things you will need:
1 candle (any color)
1 lighter or match
Your body
Place a candle in front of you on a fire-safe surface. Sit or stand in a comfortable position in front of the candle and close your eyes for about three minutes. During the three minutes, think about what you want returned to you and how the item makes you feel. After the three minutes or so, get up and take twelve steps backwards and say this chant three times:

“Backwards walk.
Missing something yearned.
When I turn around,
It will be returned.”

After doing this, turn around three times, clockwise and stop. Now, go blow out the candle, and your item should be returned to you soon.



A Witch’s Week of Spells and Activities
Helga C. Loueen


May 4 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.

2022 May 4

Planets Over Egyptian Pyramid

Image Credit & Copyright: Osama Fatehi

Explanation: The early morning planet parade continues. Visible the world over, the planets Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn have been lining up in the pre-dawn sky since mid-April. In the featured image taken last month, these planets were captured over the Step Pyramid of Djoser, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the Saqqara necropolis of Egypt, the pyramid was constructed in the 27th century BC and is one of the oldest pyramids known. The two-image composite includes a foreground image taken during evening blue hour, and a background image captured from the same location the following morning. The morning planet line-up is slowly changing. At the end of last month, planets Jupiter and Venus switched places, while at the end of this month, Jupiter and Mars will switch after passing within one-degree of each other. Of course, this picturesque planetary angular alignment is a coincidence, as all of these worlds continue to orbit the Sun as they have for billions of years, well before even the ancient Pyramid of Djoser was built.


Notable Submissions to APOD: Morning Planet Parade 2022

May 4 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1471 Battle of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, final battle between the Houses of Lancaster and York: Prince of Wales, Edward of Westminster killed and King Edward IV restored to his throne. Re-restores political stability to England until his death in 1483.

1814 King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decree of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism

1904 Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal

1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Today’s Historical Events

1256 Augustinian monastic order constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV issues papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae

1303 Flemings conquers Middelburg

1415 Religious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance

1471 Battle of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, final battle between the Houses of Lancaster and York: Prince of Wales, Edward of Westminster killed and King Edward IV restored to his throne. Re-restores political stability to England until his death in 1483.

1493 Spanish Pope Alexander VI divides America between Spain and Portugal

1535 Five Carthusian monks from London Charterhouse monastery hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, London, for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as head of the Church of England

1540 Venice and Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople

1572 Veere sides with Geuzen

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1944 “Gaslight”, starring an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her film debut, is released

1959 “The 400 Blows”, French film directed by François Truffaut, starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, is released

1964 KIII TV channel 3 in Corpus Christi, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting

1975 Italian film “Seven Beauties” directed by Lina Wertmüller, starring Giancarlo Giannini, and Shirley Stoler released – first film directed by a women to be nominated for an Academy Award

1991 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Doug Kent

1999 “The Mummy” film directed by Stephen Sommers starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah premieres in the US

2008 Seth MacFarlane reaches an agreement worth $100 million with Fox to keep “Family Guy” and “American Dad” on television until 2012, making MacFarlane the world’s highest paid television writer

2010 Julia Louis-Dreyfus receives the 2,407th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, although on the original star her name is spelled incorrectly

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1728 George Frideric Handel‘s opera “Tolomeo, re di Egitto” premieres in London

1878 Thomas Edison‘s Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House

1957 Alan Freed hosts “Rock n’ Roll Show” 1st prime-time network rock show

1959 First Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win

1973 Wings release “Red Rose Speedway” in UK

1976 Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner’s musical “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” opens at Mark Hellinger, NYC; runs for 7 performances

1985 30th Eurovision Song Contest: Bobbysocks! for Norway wins singing “La det swinge” in Gothenburg

1990 Angela Bowie reveals that ex-husband David slept with Mick Jagger

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings play their 1st official baseball game, a win against the Great Western Base Ball Club, 45-9

1871 1st baseball league game (National Association of Baseball Players), (Ft Wayne 2, Cleveland 0) Deacon Jim White gets 1st hit, a double

1893 Cowboy Bill Pickett invents bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground

1897 23rd Kentucky Derby: Buttons Garner aboard Typhoon II wins in 2:12.5

1898 24th Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Plaudit wins in 2:09

1899 25th Kentucky Derby: Fred Taral aboard Manuel wins in 2:12

1919 1st legal Sunday baseball game in NYC, 35,000 watch the Phillies beat the NY Giants 4-3

1924 VIII Summer Olympic Games open at Olympic Stadium of Colombes, Paris, France

Anthropologist Believes Ancient Human Species Could Still Be Alive In The Forests Of Flores Island

In 2003, archaeologists looking for evidence of the migration of modern humans from Asia to Australia stumbled across a small, fairly complete skeleton of an extinct human species on the Indonesian island of Flores, which came to be known as Homo floresiensis. Or, as it became more commonly known, the Hobbit, after the small, breakfast-guzzling creatures from J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit.

The species was initially thought to have survived until relatively recently, around 12,000 years ago, before further analysis pushed that date back to around 50,000 years. But one retired professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta says that evidence that the species’ continued existence may have been overlooked, and the Hobbit may still be alive today, or at least within living memory.

In an opinion piece for The Scientist promoting his upcoming book Between Ape and Human, Gregory Forth argues that palaeontologists and other scientists have overlooked Indigenous knowledge and accounts of an “ape-man” living in the forests of Flores.

“My aim in writing the book was to find the best explanation — that is, the most rational and empirically best supported — of Lio accounts of the creatures,” Forth wrote in the piece. “These include reports of sightings by more than 30 eyewitnesses, all of whom I spoke with directly. And I conclude that …

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