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“After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang out…”
The Perseids: this shower of “shooting stars” does not peak until 12 August, activity is already underway. And it is a great year to observe the Perseids because moonlight will not interfere to drown them out.
As with all meteor showers, the meteors are produced when the Earth ploughs through a stream of dust left by a comet orbiting the Sun and they flare in our atmosphere.
They are called Perseids because, if you trace their streaks backwards, they appear to radiate from a point in the constellation of Perseus. This is an effect of perspective, like straight rail tracks converging to a distant point, and in fact the meteors are travelling on parallel paths.
The comet responsible for the Perseids was Swift-Tuttle. The dust particles in space, called meteoroids, and about the size of grains of sand, are now spread right along the swarm’s orbit. This means we see Perseids every August. They are a reliable shower, always rich in activity, although the numbers vary according to how dense the orbiting stream is at the point where we intersect.
The stream is broad too, with the first Perseids appearing in our skies in late July and the final stragglers falling well into the second half of August.
Where to look? The whole sky. The shooting stars will seem to come from the constellation Perseus, in the northeastern sky. But they may appear anywhere as quick streaks of light.
Where not to look? Do not look at the moon or anything bright. Your eyes need to get used to the dark. The full moon will cut down the number of meteors likely to be seen see. By dawn the moon will be low in the western sky so look east.
Where should I go? Anywhere dark with a nice expanse of open sky. Leave the cities if you can.
When to watch? Meteor showers are best after always best after midnight but because of the full moon it’s best to try the hour or two before dawn.
The recently discovered supernova in M101 (the Pinwheel Galaxy, in the Plough constellation) should be visible through binoculars over the next 9 days.
When it’s cloudless, look to the northern sky. Go to a local spot with low surrounding light pollution. Look for the Plough Constellation. Follow Star 3 to Star 2 and keep going. There you should find an exploding dwarf star that sucked the energy out of a neighbouring big star, too much too quickly, and “burst” – 21 million years ago.
This June 9, 2005 NASA false-color picture shows the supernova remnant of Cassiopeia A.
Photo credit to Salvatore Vuono
Big business needs to and will change. To change, leaders need a new (and Ancient, I suggest) way of going about business for the benefit of all mankind, not just the shareholders and wealthy.
I have a book , in me, that I was gonna write two yrs ago – Druidism in Business. Here’s an extract that I will turn into a chapter or two. I intend, in later blogs, to delve into specific relationships twixt planets – and twixt Sun and each planet respectively.
- The Sun (does the CEOing) – Shines Truth and Wisdom on all aspects of the business. In the noon day Sun we cast no shadow. Nothing is hidden, everything is revealed.
- Mercury – Articulate, deep thinker, shares wisdom. Communicates on behalf of the organisation, internally and externally. The winged messenger of the Gods; the harbinger of Truth.
- Venus – Creates the wealth through canny and passionate financial management. The financier of abundance within the organisation. Values beauty and elegance – especially in finance. Breaks the traditional mould because she balances her Love for success with her Love for the organisation’s people. Gets on well with Sister Moon.
- Moon – Cares for the emotional well being and intelligence of the organisation.
- Mars – The warrior, the go getter, especially when the going gets tough. Needs to work well with Venus and Moon to avoid “blood on the tracks”.
- Jupiter – Responsible for the growth and development of people and resources. Prepares everyone and everything, “to surf ahead of the wave that Neptune sends his way.”
- Saturn – Grounded, manages the infrastructure, business processes, governance and compliance of the organisation. Attention to detail. Anything that isn’t working is dealt with quickly.
- Neptune – Strategic Business Developer, looks at the global picture, swims the uncharted seas of opportunity. Discerns opportunities for growth aligned to the purpose (porpoise? J) of the organisation. Avoids waters of illusion.
- Uranus – (Che Guevara) works fast, agile, non-mainstream, challenges traditional thinking and the modus operandi. Manages projects (Skunk Works) that bring about abrupt changes to the power structure and processes. Always on the lookout for new (low cost) technology (weaponry) that will transmute the organisation’s effectiveness rapidly. Needs to integrate with Saturn’s down to earth approach to day to day business life, and fill the Moon’s emotional chalice with security – once the revolution is over. Call for Che when something needs fixing fast but beware there might be blood on the tracks, metaphorically speaking.
- Pluto – Manages those areas of the business that are better brought to a close and those that will (re)born as a consequence. Looks at the total energy available. Needs to work closely with the Moon to manage transitions.
I want to add 3 more influences to make 13 in total. I’m still musing but ask for your suggestions please.
Paul C Burr