Asteroid Astrology: Research

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Stranger Rings in the Kuiper Belt

Guest blogger Sue Kientz gifts us with some celestial jewelry in the form of her thought-provoking, groundbreaking article on planetary rings in the Kuiper Belt, that icy region past Neptune which may be populated by thousands of dwarf and minor planets.  And so, without further ado, here’s Sue!

 

Saturn’s rings have been explored close-up by robotic spacecraft and found to be small moonlets marshaled into ring shape by nearby moons. Separating the rings are distinct gaps, also made by lunar influences, both examples of how small bodies can be surprisingly influential and in beautiful ways.

This design structure repeats. Saturn is not the only one with rings; Jupiter has gossamer rings as do Uranus and Neptune. Centaur Chariklo and Dwarf Planet Haumea have them. Even the Sun has a huge ring — the main-belt asteroids, corralled by Jupiter and Mars.

So it should not surprise that there is ring-like structure in the Kuiper Belt, itself the Sun’s “outer” ring, maintained by Neptune, but not without gravitational coaxings from Uranus, Saturn, and Jupiter. These giants use gravity to “bully” big Dwarf Planets into safe zones where they peacefully orbit. If they stray from these zones, they’re thrown clear of our solar system or pulled inward and broken into asteroids.

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New Kid on the Celestial Block: G!kun||’homdima

Don’t even try to pronounce it, but newly minted Trans-Neptunian Object (TNO) G!kun||’homdima could make quite a name for herself as the decades roll on. Named for a mythic character of the Ju\’hoansu (don’t try to pronounce that one, either!) people of Namibia, in southwest Africa, G!kun||’homdima is a beautiful young girl who appears most often as an aardvark (sometimes a python or elephant). Stemming from a click language, filled with more diacriticals than you can shake a walking stick at, G!kun||’homdima is far too much of a mouthful for Western tongues to handle, so, meaning no disrespect, we’re just going to call her Gkun for short. She defends her people and punishes wrongdoers using gamigami spines, a rain-cloud full of hail, and her magical oryx horn.

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The Heart of the Matter

On Friday, September 8, 2017, I had a minor medical procedure called a cardioversion. It’s a simple outpatient procedure, necessitated by my heart being out of rhythm.

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Alex by the Numbers

Alex MillerMinor planet numbers, that is.

I’ve been researching the effects of PNAs, Personal-Named Asteroids, for almost a decade now, first in mundane events charts and later in those of celebrities.

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Asteroid Tales: The Life and Death of Carrie Fisher

We’re rarely gifted with a time of death in the astrological community, but thanks to timely social media we have one for Carrie Fisher, the actress who portrayed the iconic Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” franchise, and again in the 2015 reboot. According to family tweets, Fisher passed away at 8:55 AM PST on December 27, 2016, in a Los Angeles hospital, four days after suffering cardiac arrest during a flight from London.

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