Fw: [LunarAstrology] December Sky Gems
- Hello everyone once again:In reading my messages for today, I discovered this one from Shelli Buhr, one of tow on the subject of December astrology, so I am now sharing it for your reading please. As always, if this is not something you wish to read or is just not your 'cup of tea,' please go ahead and delete it now -- with my blessings.I just hope to lover her astrological reports and always feel the need to share them with others, just in case some of you may enjoy them as much as I do.Peace, love, light and angel hugs,Patti----- Original Message -----From: Shelli BuhrTo: LunarAstrologySent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 7:28 PMSubject: [LunarAstrology] December Sky GemsDecember 2005 Sky Gems
December opens and closes with new Moons. (12/1 9:31 Sagittarius) and
(12/30 9:32 Capricorn). Even the second of two new Moons in the
confines of one month is known as "Blue". If any of you know where
that "Blue" designation originated, please let me know.
December 2 is the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Solar and
Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). December 7 is not only an
historic "Day that will live in infamy": the 64th anniversary of the
attack on Pearl Harbor, but there are some high landmarks that also
occurred on that date: December 7 marks 10 years since the entrance
of the Galileo spacecraft into orbit around Jupiter; it is also the
100th anniversary of the birth of Gerard Kuiper (pronounced Kow'-per)
(December 7, 1905 - December 23, 1973 in the Netherlands), after whom
the Kuiper belt is named. The Kuiper Belt is the area beyond the
orbit of Neptune where many minor planets dwell. We might think of
them as rings around our solar system.
On December 12, Mercury will reach its greatest western
elongation (greatest longitudinal distance earlier in the zodiac
from) the Sun. At greatest elongation, Mercury may actually be viewed
in the heavens. At western elongation = rising before the Sun -
earlier in the zodiac; at eastern elongation = setting after the Sun -
later in the zodiac. On December 12th, look towards the eastern
horizon during the two hours before dawn. Mercury looks like a small
On the day of the full Moon, December 15, we remember that 34
years ago today the Soviet probe, Venera 7 landed on Venus 05:34:10
UTC at Venusian landing coordinates: 5° S, 351° E, and was the first
spacecraft to transmit data from another planet. It was launched from
somewhere in the Soviet Union (I guess it's still a secret location?)
on August 17, 1970.
Unfortunately, the Geminids Meteor Shower coming up between December
7 - 17 will be pretty much "Moon'd out" (obscured) by the full Moon
(December 15 - 23:48 Gemini). The Geminids are a very unusual shower,
as their source is 3200 Phaethon (2:51 Taurus Rx on Dec 15), which is
classified as an asteroid. Some astronomers conjecture that it might
instead be an extinct comet trailing interplanetary dust, which we
see as meteors as they burn up in our atmosphere. Just knowing that
we are being showered by those lights should allow us to tune into
the gifts of the spirit - just close your eyes and picture them in
your mind's eye.
To make up for the lack of visibility of the Geminids, we may be able
to share the joy of viewing the Ursids meteor shower, which peaks on
December 22, the day before the last quarter Moon. Granted, the
Ursids normally have a smaller peak hourly rate (10 - 15), but they
have been known to reach as high as 50 per hour. The Moon (26:10
Virgo) will not rise (on the west coast) until 11:45 PM, so watch for
the Ursids before then.
Venus casting shadows?
"It's often said (by astronomers) that Venus is bright enough to cast
Few people have ever seen a Venus shadow. But they're there, elusive
and delicate and, if you appreciate rare things, a thrill to
Instructions: Find a dark site (very dark) with clear skies and no
manmade lights. Be there at sunset. You'll see Venus glaring in the
southern sky: diagram. When the sky fades to black, turn your back on
Venus (otherwise it will spoil your night vision). Hold your hand in
front of a white screen e.g., a piece of paper, a portable white
board, a white T-shirt stretched over a rock and let the shadow
Technically speaking, Venus will be brightest between Dec. 8th and
15th. But Venus is about as bright now as it is going to be then.
From Nov. 28th to Dec. 3rd is the best time to look for Venus
shadows, because during that interval the moon will be absent from
the evening sky. After Dec. 3rd, you'll be observing moon shadows."
In addition to the Venus shadow adventure, Venus shares the sky at
dusk with the crescent Moon on December 4th.
The Moon will be occulting Mars on December 12, and will show itself
near Saturn on December 18, sometime after 9 PM. Happy Sky watching!
Roxana Muise r2libra@...
Thank you dearest Patti for posting so many interesting and informative articles!So enjoyed reading them!With gratitude for your constant sharings,Irena
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