Astronomy Picture of the Day – Dwarf Planet, Bright Spot

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.

2015 May 14

Dwarf Planet, Bright Spot
Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, UCLA, MPS/DLR/IDA

Explanation: Now at Ceres, Dawn’s camera recorded this closer view of the dwarf planet’s northern hemisphere and one of its mysterious bright spots on May 4. A sunlit portrait of a small, dark world about 950 kilometers in diameter, the image is part of a planned sequence taken from the solar-powered spacecraft’s 15-day long RC3 mapping orbit at a distance of 13,600 kilometers (8,400 miles). The animated sequence shows Ceres’ rotation, its north pole at the top of the frame. Imaged by Hubble in 2004 and then by Dawn as it approached Ceres in 2015, the bright spot itself is revealed to be made up of smaller spots of reflective material that could be exposed ice glinting in the sunlight. On Saturday, Dawn’s ion propulsion system was turned on to spiral the spacecraft into a closer 4,350-kilometer orbit by June 6. Of course another unexplored dwarf planet, Pluto, is expecting the arrival of a visitor from Earth, the New Horizons spacecraft, by mid-July.

Daily Feng Shui News for Feb. 18th – ‘Pluto Day’

It was on this date in 1930 that ex-planet Pluto was discovered. On this ‘Pluto Day,’ download an image of Pluto’s glyph and reproduce it in cornmeal on the threshold of your entryway door. It is said that doing so will attract the formidable attributes that Pluto is famous for. Considering that Pluto wields considerable power, you can expect to feel pretty potent after enacting this exercise. Let the cornmeal blow away or sweep it away after leaving it in place for twenty-four hours.

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H is for Unwanted Habit Spell





Unwanted Habit Spell


To eliminate an unwanted habit, make a poppet of yourself out of cloth, straw, or a carved candle.

Make symbols or words on it to indicate what you want to release forever, allowing anger to build within you that you have practiced this unwanted behavior. Call upon Pluto or Hecate to assist your resolve to fully carry out change in you life.

Using a safe container such as an iron cauldron or metal bowl, anoint the poppet with a few drops of oil of myrrh, pennyroyal, rosemary, or rue, and then carefully set it on fire, visualizing the release of your unwanted habit or trait forever.

Burn the poppet to ashes, and then take the ashes to a place where you have no need to be at any time soon. Bury it, turn firmly, and walk away. Don’t look back.

New Moon Report for September 17 – Pluto Direct

New Moon Report

by Jeff Jawer


Pluto Direct

Monday, September 17, 10:07 pm PDT, Tuesday, September 18, 1:07 am EDT

Pluto’s shift to forward motion tends to expose the powerful urges and transformative forces of this potent planet. Facing our unexpressed desires and fears is rarely comfortable, but shining light on the truth is more desirable than hiding in the shadows of unconsciousness. Abuses of power as well as environmental and economic issues may surface now, challenging us to commit to making painful but necessary changes.

Daily Cosmic Calendar for Aug. 4

If your emotional nature appears to be unsettled this morning, join the club. Millions of your fellow terra-firma dwellers are still recovering from yesterday’s Mars-Saturn and Mercury-Neptune clashes. Keep in mind that solar and planetary alignments on one day don’t just disappear 24 hours later. They may lessen in intensity, but they still have an ability to pull the rug out from under you if you are not careful.  Adding to a potential psychic storminess right now is Venus making a contra-parallel link to distant Pluto (8:59AM PDT). Being jealous, moody or temperamental won’t win rave reviews.  On the other hand, antique hunters and collectible aficionados can have a field day in locating nautical-oriented fine-art, books and treasures from the ocean depths under watery Pisces Moon. Immerse yourself in film or literary classics later on. Try out a new recipe for chowder or a favorite seafood dish.  Love vibrations are more upsetting than nurturing this evening as Juno makes a frictional, 45-degree tie with Pluto (9:21PM PDT). Improvise with a musical instrument or dance the night away to relieve yourself of internal pressures.