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Pluto was discovered on February 18th, 1930 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluto

February 18th, 1930

2 + 18 +1+9+3+0 = 33 = the discovery of Pluto’s life lesson = what the discovery of Pluto is here to learn = Caving in.  Backing down.

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February 18th, 1930

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Jan 12, 2011 6:14 AM CST

If you’ve ever read your horoscope, you may be interested in what at least one astronomer has to say about it. Turns out your sign may not really be your sign.

“This is not something that happened today. This has gone on for thousands of years,” said astronomer Parke Kunkle.

The star doctors say Earth is currently in a different spot in relation to the Sun, and its equatorial alignment has changed from 3,000 years ago when the study of astrology began — back when 12 zodiac signs were assigned to 12 different periods of the year.

Those signs you were born into are different now because the Earth’s wobble on its axis has created a one-month bump in the alignment of the stars, according to Kunkle.

“Because of this change of tilt, the Earth is really over here in effect and Sun is in a different constellation than it was 3,000 years ago.”

What that means to you is a Virgo may now be a Leo, an Aquarius – a Capricorn, and a Taurus – an Aries.

“So I’m an Aries now, fabulous,” said Jozsef Szathmary, reacting to the news.

Szathmary has gone from Taurus to Aries in stride, vowing to his sun alignment that he is ready to change.

“I’m a ball of sunshine….wherever the sun is at, that’s where I’m at,” he said.

And that is just the point. The Sun and Earth are moving surely and slowly, so the stars of your sign aren’t the same as they were when that sign was assigned to your birth thousands of years ago.

For your new sign, just subtract one spot on the list.

But, don’t expect your horoscope reading to change. Scientists say this rotation has been known about since 500 B.C. and the horoscope calendar hasn’t moved.

YOUR “REAL” HOROSCOPE

Astrology buffs should be using these dates, reflecting where the stars currently are aligned:

Capricorn: Jan. 20 – Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 – March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18- May 13
Taurus: May 13- June 21
Gemini: June 21- July 20
Cancer: July 20- Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10- Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16- Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30- Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23- Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29- Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17- Jan. 20

from:  http://www.nbc-2.com/Global/story.asp?S=13828331

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January 12th, 2011

1 + 12 +2+0+1+1 = 17 = Stars.

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January 12th, 2011

12 + 2+0+1+1 = 16 = the “secret” number = Shocks.  Surprises.

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January 13th, 2011

Believe it or not, astrologers actually saw this one coming.

An astrological controversy erupted online Thursday after a newspaper article suggested that the dates that determine the Zodiac signs had shifted by about a month, throwing millions of believers into self-doubt and panic.

The tilt of the Earth’s axis has gradually shifted since the ancient times when the Babylonians determined the dates of the Zodiac. The calendrical rejiggering also supposedly re-introduced a sign discarded by the Babylonians: Ophiuchus, alternatively called the much-cooler sounding Serpentarius.

Under this calculus your correspondent, an erstwhile Aquarius, is now a Capricorn.

Twitter, predictably, exploded with outrage and irony. One user, @pnuts_mama, tweeted, “it’s our identity!! ahh!! existential crisis!! postmodernism defined!!” Time magazine’s television critic James Poniewozik joked, “I’m not a Cancer? Suddenly all those bigoted anti-Gemini pamphlets I self-published look embarrassing.”

But astrologers and astronomers — two groups that don’t always see eye-to-eye — agree that this is old news. About 3,000 years old.

“Astronomers have known about this since 130 BC. Hipparchus was able to determine that this would happen,” says Parke Kunkle, a board member of the Minnesota Planetarium Society. “It astounds me that this has taken off the way it has in the last day or two.”

The popular astrologer Susan Miller called the news “ridiculous.” In an interview with ABC News, she said, “We’ve known about this for ages. The constellations don’t suggest what’s coming up, it’s the planets! The constellations are a measuring device.”

“In ancient days there were, like, 50 constellations. Then they finally got together and agreed on 18. Then they narrowed it down,” says Miller. “I’m getting so many tweets. Trying to explain something technical in 140 characters is hard!”

Out of Alignment

In short, your astrological sign has not changed.

What has changed, subtly and very gradually, is the tilt of the earth’s axis as it revolves around the sun. If you watch a spinning toy top, explains Kunkle, you will see its axis wobble. That’s called precession. The Earth’s axis does the same thing. It’s currently facing Polaris, often called the North Star, but 3,000 years ago it was pointing at an obscure star called Thuban.

“Three thousand years ago the sun was ‘in’ whatever it was in,” says Kunkle, who is also a professor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. “Now it’s about a whole constellation off from that.” 

In an August 2009 Pew poll, 25 percent of Americans said they believed in astrology; 71 percent said they did not. Kunkle falls into the latter category (“I’m a scientist,” he says drily.)

But, he says, “You could predict when to harvest, when to plant, by the stars. So there is some predictive nature there. Then they took it too far, using it to determine when to go to war and people’s personalities.”

Jane Zimmerman can take some solace in that. A stay-at-home mom in San Francisco, Zimmerman was just this week told by an older, wise-looking lady that she and her husband Jason had compatible signs. “I took heart,” she jokes. “I was glad.”

But Zimmerman, 37, was born on Dec. 2, meaning that her “new” sign would be Ophicius while her husband remained a Pisces.

“When it suits me, the Zodiac is great. If it’s going to tell me that I’m not a great match to Jason, then it’s a load of crap,” she says. “Unless we don’t get along any more. If there start to be cracks in our relationship, I guess I’ll know what to blame.”

from:  http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/zodiac-signs-2011-zodiac-sign-wrong/story?id=12609264&page=1

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January 13th, 2011

1 + 13 +2+0+1+1 = 18 = Astronomy.  Outer space.

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January 13th, 2011

13 +2+0+1+1 = 17 = the “secret” number = Stars.

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SDSS composite image showing magnifications (SDSS/M Blanton)

11 January 2011 Last updated at 17:41 ET

Astronomers have released the largest ever colour image of the whole sky, stitched from seven million images, each made of 125 million pixels.

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey’s latest effort tops its own record, published publicly for professional astronomers and “citizen scientists” alike.

Data from Sloan has helped to identify hundreds of millions of cosmic objects.

The release was announced at the 217th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle, US.

Researchers have released an animation on YouTube demonstrating how the incredibly high-resolution image is represented on the celestial sphere.

Michael Blanton, a New York University physicist who presented the work on behalf of the Sloan team, told the conference that it was difficult to overstate the breadth of data Sloan provided.

“There’s something like 3,500 papers that have been written on the basis of this data set,” he said.

“A few dozen of them are being presented right now, this week at this meeting. They cover topics from the very smallest stars to the most massive black holes in the universe.”

Nearly half a billion stars and galaxies have already been discovered and described thanks to Sloan images, and the new release is sure to significantly increase that number.

Sloan data is also behind the Google Sky service, which allows users to scan the heavens in the same way as scanning their local streets, and the Galaxy Zoo project, which has allowed astronomy enthusiasts to characterise galaxies from their own computers.

Digital record

The workhorse behind the data set, a camera comprising 125 million pixels that long held the record for highest-resolution camera in the world, has been retired.

Studies will now focus on spectrometry – unpicking new data on the basis of the colours of light that the upgraded equipment.

They include:

  • the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, which will study the periodic ripples that were left behind in the early days of the Universe
  • the Sloan Extension for Galactic Understanding and Exploration that measures the evidence of small galaxies on the edge of our Milky Way being swallowed up
  • the APO Galactic Evolution Experiment, which will study red giant stars within our Galaxy to better understand the Milky Way’s overall chemical recipe
  • the Multi-object APO Radial Velocity Exoplanet Large-area Survey, which will spot giant planets outside our Solar System in a bid to better model how planets form

But even the data that is already available, thanks to Tuesday’s release, will keep astronomers of both the professional and the amateur variety busy.

“You can compare it to the National Geographic Palomar Survey of the late 1950s,” Dr Blanton said.

“This is something that 50 years later is still a really important reference to astronomers; we use it ourselves to better understand our own images. SDSS is the digital version of that.”

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12167011

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Tuesday January 11th, 2011

January 11th, 2011

1 + 11 +2+0+1+1 = 16 = the life lesson for the release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey’s data = Unprecedented.  Shocking.  Suprising.  Going where no one has gone before.

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Tuesday January 11th, 2011

January 11th, 2011

January 11th

1 + 11 +2+0+1+1 = 16 = the personal year for the release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey’s data (from January 11th, 2011 to January 10th, 2012) = Unprecedented.  Shocking.  Suprising.  Going where no one has gone before.

16 year + 1 (January) = 17 = the personal month for the release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey’s data (from January 11th, 2011 to February 10th, 2011) = Stars.  Inspiring.

17 month + 11 (11th of the month on Tuesday January 11th, 2011) = 28 = the personal day for the release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey’s data = Bold.  Superhuman.  Making the impossible possible.

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