Astronomy Picture of the Day

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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.

2021 October 21

SH2-308: The Dolphin-Head Nebula

Image Credit & Copyright: Nik Szymanek

Explanation: Blown by fast winds from a hot, massive star, this cosmic bubble is huge. Cataloged as Sharpless 2-308 it lies some 5,000 light-years away toward the constellation of the Big Dog (Canis Major) and covers slightly more of the sky than a Full Moon. That corresponds to a diameter of 60 light-years at its estimated distance. The massive star that created the bubble, a Wolf-Rayet star, is the bright one near the center of the nebula. Wolf-Rayet stars have over 20 times the mass of the Sun and are thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova phase of massive star evolution. Fast winds from this Wolf-Rayet star create the bubble-shaped nebula as they sweep up slower moving material from an earlier phase of evolution. The windblown nebula has an age of about 70,000 years. Relatively faint emission captured by narrowband filters in the deep image is dominated by the glow of ionized oxygen atoms mapped to a blue hue. Presenting a mostly harmless outline, SH2-308 is also known as The Dolphin-head Nebula.

I Am Damn Angry! + My Strongen-Up Recipe

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September 2021 Planets Going Into Retrograde

 

In astrology, retrogrades are a necessary part of life. Even though the mere mention of the word “retrograde” could leave you with a whole bunch of anxiety, there’s no escaping the fact that sometimes, the planets love to move backward. At best, planetary retrogrades are an opportunity to lay low, embrace introspection, and tie off some loose ends. At worst, a retrograde can pave the way for the most awkward and frustrating situation imaginable. Either way, you’ll survive it. If you’re wondering what planets are retrograde during September 2021, take a deep breath, because the answer is a whopping seven.

Yes, you read that right. There will be seven retrogrades this month, and although that number sounds ridiculously high, there’s no reason to freak out. After all, the vast majority of these retrogrades involve outer planets, and in astrology, outer planets are already retrograde nearly half of the year, which makes the impact of their retrogrades less noticeable (at least at first). However, there is one retrograde that might give you a hard time, and that one happens to be the most famous (or infamous) of them all: Mercury retrograde.

Regardless, the cosmos have got a lot planned this September — especially when it comes to retrogrades. Here’s what you should know about all seven of them:

Pluto (April 27 to Oct. 6)

Saturn (May 23 to Oct. 10)

Jupiter (June 20 to Oct. 18)

Neptune (June 25 to Dec. 1)

Chiron (July 15 to Dec. 19

Uranus (Aug. 19 to Jan. 18, 2022)

Mercury (Sept. 27 to Oct. 18)

What do you think?

Picture by John Hain

It’s a really good thing to think about yourself…self love…self care. However, it’s also a wonderful thing to think about others as well. You, help raise the vibration of this world.

What do you think would happen, if even just half of the people on earth would take 5 minutes out of their busy lives, say maybe, 3 times a week, and send loving thoughts out into the world? Do you think it would help everyone to be a bit kinder to each other…to the animals…to Mother Earth?

What if everyone would just do one small act of kindness each day? Do you think that would help people to smile, to care about each other, and maybe get along?

Personally, I know that happiness, caring, sharing, laughing, having fun, and thankfulness would be so awesome! Please, lets try a little harder…

What do you think?

Blessed Be!

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Fact!

Enes Kanter Raises Awareness of Factory Farms Conditions

Is eating meat really so important that it doesn’t matter who suffers? 😢

A Look at The Universe

Witch’s Broom in the Western Veil of the Veil Nebula

(Sorry I tried to make this picture bigger and it did not work. :o{ )

The New General Catalogue, an astronomical compendium of deep space objects, names this nebula NGC 6960. Its unofficial name is a touch more poetic: Witch’s Broom. Located in the Veil Nebula, it’s part of the remnants of a star 20 times the size of our sun that went supernova, exploding roughly 8,000 years ago. The long, slender filaments of the Witch’s Broom are part of an expanding blast wave from the supernova that’s shocking, heating, and transforming interstellar gasses as it goes. The bright spot at the nebula’s upper edge is the giant star 52 Cygni in the constellation Cygnus.

To see the above picture larger