Here’s a quick infographics on the major Lunar Phenomena coming up in 2019. It includes *Astrological Blue moon (2 consecutive full moons in same sign), Traditional *Indigo moon (2 new moons in same month), and of course the eclipses. I’ll say more on these later. Book mark and come back to this blog again.
Few days ago I heard the sad news .. that Professor Hawking had passed away at the age of 76. What a great man .. yes for all the scientific theories & theoretical physics discoveries and contributions he had made, but also because he lived on for decades.. despite being told he was going not going to make it.. and living with a degenerating motor neurone disease..and creating a hugely successful presence.. in the science world, and in television too.
Professor Stephen Hawking – Theoretical physicist
Born: 8 January 1942, Oxford
Died: 14 March 2018, Cambridge.
Crossing the road in Cambridge
I met him briefly in cambridge ..while crossing the road .. way back in early 90’s . I was a Physics undergraduate at the time (studying in London King’s College) but on a social a day trip to cambridge University with my friends at the King’s Malaysian & Singaporean Society. I must have got off the hired coach and following my friends into one of the college buildings.. when i saw The iconic figure in the Wheelchair further down the street. So I ran to catch up ..and stood panting.. and overwhelmed ..not knowing what to do or say. I think I eventually managed a `Hello ..it’s very nice to meet you’.. Then I stood.. wondering what to do.. and was about to turn and walk ..when his assistant/ nurse/colleague stopped me. she said he was going to say something. And he did.. And as much as I like to make a great mystery of it.. i can’t recall what it was. It was a simple social nicety. But it made my century. A Physics undergrad meeting a Physics Genius-Celeb!
Hawking Radiation story
Crazily enough.. in my A?Level school days, when i applied to Oxford for doing a Physics degree, I had no knowledge of who Stephen Hawking was….but anyone about to apply to Oxford University to do Physics degree should have known!! All my life my parents were nudging me to be an an Engineer..and after accidentally reading about the contents of Physics degree in a Uni handbook..I changed my mind overnight and put it on my application form.. which rather threw all my family and teachers at school .. To my family I gave some crazy answer about how doing Physics degree is going to be better career move than Engineering.. though at that time..i so desperately wanted to learn about particles and space-time.. that I had no plan about a career at all…
So as I was getting Mr Lewis Had of 6th Form in our school (Graveney school in Tooting) to sign my application, he asked me `so you know about Hawking radiation then?’
I had no clue of neither Professor Hawking or Hawking Radiation. That was the first I heard of both..as I took my first steps towards a Physics degree.
In those days I was a shy introvert with about 2 friends.. (hard to believe how I turned out now.. ). The Library was my refuge.. both at school..and all the local ones.. Tooting, Colliers woods, Mitcham.. even Sutton & Croydon. So I went and eventually found out about Hawking Radiation ofcourse – theoretical process by which ..due to quantum effects, a matter and anti-matter particle pair are formed out of `borrowed energy’ ..and where one falls into the black hole..and other escapes…thereby taking half the borrowed energy into the Universe… Only at the edge of a black hole can this happen.. where `borrowed energy’ is not fully returned to the vacuum of space.
Years later this idea would surface again ..but in my esoteric explorations.. and I learnt using the principles of science, I can cheat the universe and borrow some energy.. (That’s for a book am still writing in the future – sequel to my `Eclipse Magic workbook’ which actually has quite a bit of science in it…for magical use!!)
Big Bang Theory
In recent times (!), we’ve come to see Stephen Hawking many times.. on many popular TV shows, where Hawking has played himself 🙂 Star Trek: Next Generation, Simpsons, Futurama, Big Bang Theory.. but a few to name (link below). Being a Science nerd/ sci-fi geek, i have enjoyed all those shows and doubly so for seeing my Physics-hero in them. (well my 2nd Science Hero..after the late Issac Asimov!)
So.. RIP Stephen Hawking. Thank you for the inspirations. May you forever sit on the edge of a supermassive Black Hole and be radiating your essence in the imaginary and the real worlds.
Hawking has appeared in many sci-fi shows.. playing himself 🙂
Hi all.. a friend (Jemima Marriott) mentioned seeing a bright shooting star 2 nights ago..and it made me realise that I’d not made any notes about meteors..not only for this coming year but all last year (2016). So a quick search on some reliable astronomy site has produced the following data.
Major Meteor Showers in 2017
Shower / Radiant & direction / Morning of maximum/ Best hourly rate / Parent
Here are the full astrological charts & planetary positions for the upcoming 2 Eclipses (13th Sept & 28th sept). Also below are scientific diagrams / data created by Fred Espanak of NASA.
Bright Stellar Wishes
ps. If you are interested in doing magical work (Eclipse Magic) leading up to or on one of these Eclipses, you can purchase my Book `Eclipse Magic Workbook’ (published in 2012). Usual price £12. Special offer £3.99 till 13th sept’15. Visit http://www.EclipseMagic.co.uk
Some photos of the waxing Moon (taken last night on 28th June’15) and Jupiter almost conjunct Venus (taken this evening 29th June’15). I will try to take photos of the Jupiter-Venus conjunction over the next few days (wish us astro-photographers clear skies). 🙂 -Mani Navasothy
Just by chance I happen to glimpse a bright `star’ from my bathroom window..almost at low horizon in the west..and I knew instantly what it was..so ran out to garden with my Digital SLR ..and started clicking.. and then I looked to the SW sky and saw an equally bright object and knew ..that’s gotta be Jupiter.. Of course both were confirmed by me using my SKy-eye app on the mobile..(by pointing it / centering on object). So here we are..:-)
This blog shows 2 photos. Here are a few photos I took just hours ago (5th May 2015.. around 22:17hrs GMT) from my garden in South London area…in between fast moving clouds, using my DSLR (sony DSC-HX300).
This shot was taken (hand-held) using the 3D viewable function of the DSLR.
This shot was taken using the `superior auto’ function (low light).
It’s notable that currently Jupiter is at 13’41” Leo, and Venus is 27’17” Gemini. These two planets are of course called the beneficial planets.. So to capture them both in one frame is a great thrill for me.. 🙂 (no trickery.. it’s why I didn’t even stamp a `copyright’ note on the photo.. lest anyone thought I `graphixed’ it 🙂
Regulars may know, previous issue#10 came out in Feb’2014, and the one for May’14 never manifested. So this latest magazine is coming out after a year-long gap. ..and all the more reason to celebrate it! 🙂
My big thanks to the following Writers/ Contributors of this issue:
Ann Tomlin, David Rankine, Durlabh Singh, Jo Rowland, Kumar Devasan, Lisa De Fresne, Renard the Fire Druid, Rose Dixon, Vathani Navasothy
Longtime Lover Returns (spring poem)
Aphrodisiacs – Food for Lovers
Aromatherapy for Beltane
The Catcher in the Sky – Swift Gifts
Williams Syndrome Awareness month
Experiences of an Elder Pagan
Response to `Making Money’ article
Reiki : Personal path to divine healing energy
Sacred Geometry – Language of Relationship
Hollow Earth thoughts – Review of Earth Hour & Earth Day 2015
Taiji Terror Tales 2015 : London Demo at Trafalgar Square
Bhai Sehna (short story)
People: Art of David Rankine
Chief Seatle (poem)
Astrology: Retrograde Planets in 2015
Sacred Journey – Pagan Federation London Conference 2015
Entertainment: Dalek-Om in Glastonbury
Gallery1 : Climate March London 2014
Gallery 2: Peaceful Demo Japanese Embassy – Stop the Ivory Trade
People get excited about Eclipses – only when they can actually see them! Otherwise these wonderful stellar Events just pass many people by – it just happens `somewhere else’ (ie visible in another part of the world, but not where `you’ live). But for astronomers & astrologers, no matter where they are and where the actual eclipses are visible from- it’s always of great interest and importance. And me? I am both an amateur astronomer and a full on astrologer. Here in England, it’s hard to plan observing one (safety in mind!) because of unexpected clouds and rain..but i have always marked them on my diary and always taken the opportunity to do personal spiritual & magical work. (I wrote a book some years ago, called `Eclipse Magic Workbook’ it’s on kindle for sale and on my own websites! See links below)
I see that the internet and social media is beginning to saturate already .with lovely *fantasmagraphical..graphics and such. So many of them are so very inaccurate. Astronomers would cringe..and erm..so would astrologers.
So as usual, I have spent a great deal of time either creating or compiling the useful data for the upcoming Solar Eclipse of 20th Match 2015. It’s visible from UK (over 90%).
Here are all the useful stuff
Astrology / Planetary chart for Solar Eclipse 20th March 2015
This is drawn for exactly 9.45am Universal Time (pretty much same as GMT)..and uses just sun signs only (no house positions shown as that depends on geography). But for those interested, if a Placidus chart is drawn for this event, using coordinates of where greatest Eclipse is visible (Lat 64′ N; Long 6’W), then Ascendant is in Cancer, and Midheaven is in Aquarius).
NASA diagram with full astronomical data
Earth enters the Umbra of the Lunar shadow at 9.09am (UT)..
Greatest Eclipse of the Sun occurs at 9.45am (UT).
Earth leaves the umbral shadow at 10:21am (UT).
The duration of greatest eclipse is 2 min 46 seconds!!
Where is this visible?
This is visible from Iceland, Europe, N.Africa, N.Asia .
Total Eclipse is visible from N.Atlantic, Faeroe Is, Svalbard.
I’ll be uploading some video-graphics I found and edited together, showing actual visibility (where this eclipse can be seen from) in another blog post, as well as to my youtube channel, and my `Eclipse Magic’ facebook page