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Meteors in 2017

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.

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Major Meteor Showers in 2017

Shower /  Radiant & direction / Morning of maximum/  Best hourly rate / Parent

-Quadrantid /  Draco (NE) /   Jan. 3 /   60-100 /  2003 EH1

-LyridLyra (E) /   April 22 /  10-20 /  Thatcher (1861 I)

-Eta Aquariid* /   Aquarius (E) /  May 6/  20-60 /  1P/Halley

-Delta Aquariid /   Aquarius (S) /   July 30 / 20 /  96P/Machholz

-Perseid*  /   Perseus (NE) /  Aug. 12 /  90 /  109P/Swift-Tuttle

-Orionid  /   Orion (SE) / Oct. 21  /  10-20 /  1P/Halley

-Southern  Taurid*  /   Taurus (S)  /   Nov. 5 /  10-20/  2P/Encke

-Leonid  /   Leo (E) / Nov. 17 /  10-20 /  55P/Tempel-Tuttle

-Geminid /    Gemini (S)  / Dec. 14 /  100-120 / 3200 Phaethon

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 Data taken from  http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/meteor-showers-in-2017/

I’ll write more in these soon…But this should be enough for all to atlast to male a diary note..and more importantly..  look up at the heaves for these messengers 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

ps.  Here’s when i stayed up and actually caught one on camera..few years ago. ..back in 2013.

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Meteor Shower Guide for 2016 (Earthsky)

Hi All,  am bit behind with all this astronomy stuff…Will get it sorted and blog info/ details..   But for now, here’s the info from EarthSky site.

Follow the links below to learn about meteor showers in 2016! Remember that, for most showers, you can watch for several nights around the shower’s peak.

January 3-4, 2016 Quadrantids

April 21-22, 2016 Lyrids

May 5-6, 2016 Eta Aquarids

July 28-29, 2016 Delta Aquarids

August 11-12, 2016 Perseids

October 7, 2016 Draconids

October 20-21, 2016 Orionids

November 4-5, 2016 South Taurids

November 11-12, 2016 North Taurids

November 16-17, 2016 Leonids

December 13-14, 2016 Geminids

Partial Solar & Full Lunar Eclipses in Sept’15 – Astrology Charts & astronomy data

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.

Chart Partial Solar Eclipse 13 Sept 2015 (c) Mani Navasothy
Chart Partial Solar Eclipse 13 Sept 2015 (c) Mani Navasothy   http://www.EclipseMagic.co.uk
Chart Lunar Eclipse 28 Sept 2015 (c) Mani Navasothy
Chart for Full Lunar Eclipse 28th Sept 2015 (c) Mani Navasothy   http://www.EclipseMagic.co.uk

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Partial Solar Eclipse 13 sept 2015 (c) Fred Espenak NASA

xTotal Lunar Eclipse 28 sept 2015 (c) Fred Espenak NASA

Bright Stellar Wishes

-Mani Navasothy

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

Special Offer- Eclipse Magic Workbook - £3.99
Special Offer- Eclipse Magic Workbook – £3.99

Jupiter-Conjunct-Venus (almost)

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

Jupiter conjunct Venus 29June2015
Jupiter conjunct Venus 29 June 2015 – Mani Navasothy
waxing moon 28june2015 (c) Mani Navasothy
waxing moon 28 june 2015 (c) Mani Navasothy

Photo: Jupiter & Venus in same frame (5th May2015 @ 22:17hrs gmt. S.London)

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).

Jupiter (top left) Venus (bottom right)  - Photo taken on 5thMay'15 @22:17hrs gmt from S.London  (c)MN
Jupiter (top left) Venus (bottom right) – Photo taken on 5thMay’15 @22:17hrs gmt from S.London (c)MN

This shot was taken (hand-held) using the 3D viewable function of the DSLR.

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Jupiter (top left) Venus (bottom right) – Photo taken on 5thMay’15 @22:16hrs gmt from S.London (c)MN

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 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

Gaian Times – Eco-Magazine #11 (Beltane/Summer 2015) published!

Hi all,   it gives me great pleasure to announce the publishing (online) of the latest Gaian Times eco-spiritual e-Magazine.

Take a look at  the new  mobile friendly site    www.GaianTimesMagazine.com

Gaian Times -11  May 2015 Cover-md

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

Contents (GT#11):

  • Editorial
  • Longtime Lover Returns (spring poem)
  • Aphrodisiacs – Food for Lovers
  • Aromatherapy for Beltane
  • The Catcher in the Sky – Swift Gifts
  • Animal Communications
  • 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
  • Pagan Activism
  • Rome (Gallery)
  • Hollow Earth thoughts – Review of Earth Hour & Earth Day 2015
  • Taiji Terror Tales 2015 : London Demo at Trafalgar Square
  • Bhai Sehna (short story)
  • Beneficial Vitamins
  • 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
Contents of Gaian Times #11
Contents of Gaian Times #11

Best Wishes

-Mani Navasothy  (Director / Chief Editor)

Solar Eclipse – 20th March 2015 – Full Astronomy & Astrology data

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).

Chart  for Solar Eclipse 20 March 2015 (c) Mani Navasothy / www.QuantumPhoenix.net
Chart for Solar Eclipse 20 March 2015 (c) Mani Navasothy / http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net

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!!   

NASA diagram - astronomical  Data of Solar Eclipse - 20 March 2015
Astronomical Data of Solar Eclipse – 20 March 2015     (created by Fred Espenak, NASA)

Where is this visible?

This is visible from Iceland, Europe, N.Africa,  N.Asia .

Total Eclipse is visible from  N.Atlantic, Faeroe Is, Svalbard.

Solar Eclipse 20March2015 -NASA animation
Solar Eclipse 20March2015 -NASA animation

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

-Mani Navasothy

Links

Eclipse Magic- stellar Engineer your life (esoteric website)

NASA site for Eclipses 

Time and Date (for visibility data, clocks )

Supermoon – list of dates 2014- 2012

Encounter with Pluto..soon (in 2015!)

Countdown to PlutoI came across this marvelous news..!   NASA’s fastest spacecraft `New Horizon’ launched in 2006, has been hurtling towards planet Pluto at 1 million miles per day…! Closest approach to Pluto is next year (July, 2015)..but will start taking photos …(tons I imagine) from next January 2015 onwards…!  So we are just under a year away from this event!

Bit of astrology :   The 7 sharp aspects between Pluto and Uranus (squares) will be complete by March 2015..  so it is interesting that humanity’s first proper closest look at Pluto comes just at the end of it..  Uranus is a planet that rules technology..and innovation.. (the `Age of Aquarian planet’) ..and Pluto symbolises smallest things that create the biggest impact..  So by July 2015, I’d say (as an Astrologer), we on Earth will have had some revolutionary changes…at least in our own lives..  if not on a global level..

Right then..  Here’s that NASA post from  http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/scitech/display.cfm?ST_ID=2627

“One of the fastest spacecraft ever built — NASA’s New Horizons — is hurtling through the void at nearly one million miles per day. Launched in 2006, it has been in flight longer than some missions last, and it is nearing its destination: Pluto.

“The encounter begins next January,” says Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute and the mission’s principal investigator. “We’re less than a year away.”

Closest approach is scheduled for July 2015 when New Horizons flies only 10,000 km from Pluto, but the spacecraft will be busy long before that date. The first step, in January 2015, is an intensive campaign of photography by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager or “LORRI.” This will help mission controllers pinpoint Pluto’s location, which is uncertain by a few thousand kilometers.

“LORRI will photograph the planet against known background star fields,” explains Stern. “We’ll use the images to refine Pluto’s distance from the spacecraft, and then fire the engines to make any necessary corrections.”

At first, Pluto and its large moon Charon will be little more than distant pinpricks-“a couple of fat pixels,” says Stern–but soon they will swell into full-fledged worlds.

By late April 2015, the approaching spacecraft will be taking pictures of Pluto that surpass the best images from Hubble. By closest approach in July 2015, a whole new world will open up to the spacecraft’s cameras. If New Horizons flew over Earth at the same altitude, it could see individual buildings and their shapes.

Stern is looking forward to one of the most exciting moments of the Space Age.

“Humankind hasn’t had an experience like this–an encounter with a new planet–in a long time,” he says. “Everything we see on Pluto will be a revelation.”

He likens New Horizons to Mariner 4, which flew past Mars in July 1965. At the time, many people on Earth, even some scientists, thought the Red Planet was a relatively gentle world, with water and vegetation friendly to life. Instead, Mariner 4 revealed a desiccated wasteland of haunting beauty. New Horizons’ flyby of Pluto will occur almost exactly 50 years after Mariner 4’s flyby of Mars-and it could shock observers just as much.

Other than a few indistinct markings seen from afar by Hubble, Pluto’s landscape is totally unexplored. Although some astronomers call Pluto a “dwarf” planet, Stern says there’s nothing small about it. “If you drove a car around the equator of Pluto, the odometer would rack up almost 5,000 miles-as far as from Manhattan to Moscow.” Such a traveler might encounter icy geysers, craters, clouds, mountain ranges, rilles and valleys, alongside alien landforms no one has ever imagined.

“There is a real possibility that New Horizons will discover new moons and rings as well,” says Stern.

Yes, Pluto could have rings. Already, Pluto has five known moons: Charon, Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra. Numerical simulations show that meteoroids striking those satellites could send debris into orbit, forming a ring system that waxes and wanes over time in response to changes in bombardment.

“We’re flying into the unknown,” says Stern, “and there is no telling what we might find.”

Author: Dr. Tony Phillips
Credit: Science@NASA

Major Meteor Showers (shooting Stars) for 2014

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Here’s a list of major Meteor Showers that many of us are going to be able to observe in 2014.

I  set up facebook events for a few (in the later half of 2013) and it was popular ..as in people were happy to get the info and go out and check on those respective nights..  So have set up `Events’ for these ones on my facebook profile..   Just click, join or don’t join..  as long as you get out and look 🙂

Info for each one is gathered from a variety of Scientific sources freely published online by various organisations.  (will reference it later).

Enjoy..

Stellar Wishes

-Mani

related links

How to photograph Meteors (personal tips and techniques)

Jupiter NOW (photo with a normal digital camera)

Video clip (few seconds) of a Meteor (using my digi.cam)

 

Meteor Showers of 2014 (compiled by Mani Navasothy. Various sources)
Click on these to see each one

Dates      |     Name       |      Event Link

3rd Jan’14 – Quadrantids – https://www.facebook.com/events/266591143489377
22 April’14 – Lyrids – https://www.facebook.com/events/700957536610135
5 May’14 – Eta Aquarids – https://www.facebook.com/events/672642272780795
24 May’14 – Meteor Storm – https://www.facebook.com/events/758025977544313
28 July’14 – Delta Aquarids – https://www.facebook.com/events/1436643623216445
12 Aug’14 – Perseids – https://www.facebook.com/events/623490307709915
8 Oct’14 – Draconids – https://www.facebook.com/events/675613872459368
21 Oct’14 – Orionids – https://www.facebook.com/events/262447293908645
5 Nov’14 -Northern Taurids – https://www.facebook.com/events/203862176467119
17 Nov’14 – Leonids – https://www.facebook.com/events/198830960306025
14 Dec’14 – Geminids – https://www.facebook.com/events/563959320357031
22 Dec’14- Ursids- https://www.facebook.com/events/455734304533017

 

Jupiter NOW (photo)

I was out looking for the Geminids Meteor shower..and thought as it’s a clear sky, will take a photo of Jupiter. (well the last  time I tried catching a meteor on my compact digital ..it took me many hours and I got one clip of one meteo..so wasn’t going to do all that tonight..)

Good news is, even before I had set up my tripod, I saw a meteor shooting past.. and within about 5 minutes I had seen about 7..and made 3 wishes (just to be safe..the same wish three times..  rest of the views were just for joy 🙂 )

So took this photo of Jupiter…easily the brightest object as you can see.. (my own astro chart calculations and mobile app confirms it).  You can spot the Orion the Hunter to the right..  (and just start to see the glow of the moon to the right – not on this photo).

I;ve marked one of the photos to show the objects..

Jupiter & Orion the Hunter. photo (c) Maani Navasothy 14Dec2013
Jupiter & Orion the Hunter. photo (c) Maani Navasothy 14Dec2013
Jupiter & Orion the Hunter - unmarked photo (c) Mani N'13
Jupiter & Orion the Hunter – unmarked photo (c) Mani N’13

 

Close up of planet Jupiter (14Dec2013)  (c) Mani Navasothy
Close up of planet Jupiter (14Dec2013) (c) Mani Navasothy

-Mani Navasothy

Eclipse Magician & Stargazer 🙂

Link

Clip of Meteor (August 2013)