May Sky

May 3: the waxing gibbous moon will pass through the Leo constellation. The moon will be less than a degree away from Regulus, the brightest of Leo’s stars.

May 5: Eta Aquarids meteor shower Peak, starting around 10 pm. Look to the East, near constellation of Aquarius.

May 7: Jupiter will pass through the constellation of Virgo.

May 10: Full Flower Moon

May 11: Jovian Eclipses. Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon, will move through the planet’s shadow until 10:55 pm ET, and at 11:45 pm ET Europa will disappear behind Jupiter. Visible through a telescope.

May 13: Saturn will rise with the waning gibbous moon.

May 17: Mercury will be at its greatest western elongation. See before sunrise on Southeast horizon.

May 22: Venus will rise with waning crescent moon in East.

May 31: Regulus will pass through Leo for a second time this month.



pop_new_moonOn this day the Moon will be in a New Moon phase. During this phase the Moon is to close to the sun in the sky to be visible. The moon rises and sets with the sun and is not present in the night sky. Because of this the night sky is darker and an excellent time to view other celestial objects. Like the Full Moon, a New Moon happens at a very specific time when the sun and moon have the same ecliptic longitude and it can be measured down to the second it occurs.

SpaceX to send private citizens to Moon

SpaceX has confirmed plans to send two private citizens around the Moon by 2018. The two passengers approached the company privately and have paid “significant deposits,” according to Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX.

We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the Moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a Moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration. We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year. Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest and we expect more to follow. Additional information will be released about the flight teams, contingent upon their approval and confirmation of the health and fitness test results.”

The names of the two citizens  people are unreleased. According to Musk they will begin initial training for the trip later this year. Musk declined to announce the real cost of the mission, though admitted that it would be “comparable” the cost of a crewed mission to the International Space Station. 

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SpaceX hopes to launch the mission during 2018, aboard the Falcon Heavy, a new “super heavy-lift” rocket system that has been developed with the specific intention to carry humans into space.,

A permit from the United Nations will not be necessary, according to Musk, though the trip will need to be licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration.

“We will work closely with SpaceX to ensure it safely meets the contractual obligations to return the launch of astronauts to U.S. soil and continue to successfully deliver supplies to the International Space Station.”  

The trip is estimated to last approximately one week: first, the rocket will skim the surface of the Moon, then go further out into deep space, and finally will loop back to Earth — reaching a distance of approximately 300,000 to 400,000 miles in total. 

“Once operational Crew Dragon missions are underway for NASA, SpaceX will launch the private mission on a journey to circumnavigate the Moon and return to Earth. Lift-off will be from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Pad 39A near Cape Canaveral – the same launch pad used by the Apollo program for its lunar missions. This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time in 45 years and they will travel faster and further into the Solar System than any before them.”

This will be the first time in 45 years that humans have gone *near* the moon. SpaceX was careful to note that there will no attempted moon landing. Still, this will be the first time in 45 years that humans will have travelled into deep space. SpaceX claims that these travelers will go further into the solar system than any humans have before.




Spiritual Mysteries of the Vernal Equinox

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The Ancient Mysteries call forth a return to Nature’s rhythms on an intuitive level.  Spirit and Nature in Harmony!  The earth seasons are designed to promote specific evolutionary needs.  The autumn is the seed planting time; the winter is the gestation of the seed and the taking root.  The spring is the bursting forth of those new seeds to release new aspiring life to be harvested in the summer.  These are always reflected in the hidden mysteries of Nature.

The spring equinox opens the veil between the physical and the spiritual so that a resurrection in our lives can be inaugurated.   The keynote of this season is creation.  It is the drive to move our lives upward, like a seed pushing forth out of the earth into the air.  The spring is the time when…

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