The new picture, released Wednesday (Oct. 3), combines data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, which observes in long-wavelength infrared light, and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), which picked out the short-wavelength ultraviolet light coming from the object.
The Helix Nebula is located about 650 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Aquarius. It provides a sneak peak at the future of our own sun, which is expected to turn into a planetary nebula in about 5 billion years.
Planetary nebulas are stars around the size of the sun that have neared the ends of their lives and run out of hydrogen and helium fuel for fusion in their cores. At this point, they puff out their outer gaseous layers into glowing shells around them, and condense into small white dwarf stars.
I’d like to introduce you a very informative website and an extremely interesting couple.
Jamie and Marina Partridge set up business together in July 2009 before they had even physically met. Their first website was born out of a mutual love for the fixed stars and constellations (and an excuse to keep chatting to one another…) By December 2011 they had married and Darkstar Astrology was established, quickly becoming one of the worlds top Astrology sites. Due to family commitments they run Darkstar from opposite ends of the globe, spending half the year together, a modern day Persephone myth. While apart however, Marina and Jamies energies and passions are channeled into the Darkstar Astrology blog.
Their predictions are very scientific and calculated. They even break the sun signs into decans. For example with Leo you have
Leo decan 1 born Jul 23 to Aug 2.
Leo decan 2 born Aug 3 to 12.
Leo decan 3 born Aug 13 to 22.
They have special predictions for each group which make it feel very personalized and is spot on.
What drew me to the site was Jamie’s bio:
In my work I consider the Moon and its cycles to be as important as the Sun. I believe the world is out of balance and that the return of the sacred feminine is essential to humanity’s evolution as a species.
This fit in so perfectly with the research I was involved in for Written In The Sky. The energy of the Wadjet is feminine, transferred from Isis to the Wadjet to the Wadjet Witches.
There will be more on this in Book 2. But read Book 1 to get some background information.
Last week I received a distressed text from a friend panicking because her October horoscope wasn’t available yet. This may sound like no big deal to you but it was her ASTROLOGY ZONE horoscope form Susan Miller. It was a very big deal. Susan Miller’s mother Little Mom passed away late September and the astrology had to take off for a few days to mourn.
We mourned with her. Little Mom taught Susan astrology and for that we are truly grateful. Without Susan’s spot on predictions these past few years . My friends wouldn’t haven’t stayed together, broken up, gotten engaged, moved to London, gotten pregnant or written their first novels. We basically owe a lot to her.
Little Mom inspired my interest in the stars which led to Written In The Sky and the story of Memphis and Luri. The creation of these characters’ lives has changed my own in so many ways. I’m so very thankful to Little Mom and Susan and I’m very sorry for her loss.
Visit Astrology Zone to see the beautiful tribute that Susan wrote for her mother.