Solar & Cosmic
Saturn still has its mysterious, amazing giant hexagon of tornado-like "storms" swirling around its North Pole and now the Cassini spacecraft, which arrived at Saturn in 2004, is making "close encounters" with the "Geyser Moon" Enceladus. One encounter just happened on Oct. 28, 2015 and another will occur on December 19, 2015. Get acquainted with the strange mini-universe of Saturn and its many moons by reading this Feature Story.
Update July 14, 2012: An X1.4-class Solar Flare erupted on July 12 (shortly before our redesign launch) and the CME plasma wave is striking our Earth's atmosphere as I write this. Our solar observing experts anticipate moderate affects over this weekend -- affecting GPS, radio communications and some power grids. Are you aware that we are nearing a Sunspot Maximum in the next 2 years? What about the significance of Solar Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs)? This article introduces you to the subject in a big, fiery and possibly alarming way.Read More...
New Horizons, a spacecraft launched on January 19, 2006, flew by Pluto the morning of Tuesday July 14. Here is the preliminary story.
Important Updates Feb. 26, 2015 and March 4 & 6, 2015: The DAWN spacecraft is now officially in orbit around the largest asteroid Ceres on March 6 -- to start many orbits for over a year and probably much longer. All kinds of Ceres themes and archetypes will be triggered throughout Humanity and the Earth over the coming months, and "Commodities" and precious metals (affiliated with Ceres) -- gold, silver and platinum -- are already plunging in price in New York City trading this morning, revealing an immediate synchronicity with Dawn connecting to the key "dwarf planet" in the asteroid belt. Read this important feature...Original Note from several years ago: NASA reports that the highly successful DAWN space mission to Vesta has shifted gears as of Sept. 4 - 5 as the craft has successfully escaped Vesta's gravitational field as it is re-routed to the largest asteroid Ceres, for an early 2015 visit. This will occur during the same year that the New Horizons NASA mission to Pluto and its several moons will be happening.Read More...
Important Eclipse Reminder & Astro-Danger: This Eclipse will influence America, our government, the presidency and the world for weeks, months and years -- not just during the 2+ minutes of totality. Astronomers have been promoting the so-called "Great American Eclipse" -- regarding the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21 -- for several years now, but have they over-hyped and over-commercialized this fantastic celestial event -- potentially creating a continental obstacle course of extreme dangers for the tens of millions of people looking to be in the awe-inspiring Path of Totality? Here is a must-read astrological feature -- with several important charts -- about the dangers that go along with this possibly life-changing cosmic alignment. Updated on August 25 to include info on Hurricane Harvey as Saturn & Juno station.