ASTRONOMY

There’s a special sight in store for springtime stargazers — the “devil comet” will reach its perihelion on April 21, making it more apparent in the night sky. This comet, whose orbital cycle recurs approximately every 71 years, is officially named 12P/Pons-Brooks. However, it received its unfortunate moniker due to its unique shape in which it appears to have two horns protruding from its circular body. These horns are the result of cryovolcanic eruptions that occurred last summer, an event which increased its brightness 100-fold and brought the comet to popular attention. A celestial body’s perihelion marks the point nearest to the sun in the path of an orbiting celestial body; therefore, throughout April, look to the northeastern sky before sunrise or the northwestern sky after sunset. The comet is within the same sector of the sky as bright Jupiter, and in early April appears near Hamal, the central star of the constellation Aries. To the naked eye, the comet will be faint and fuzzy, although a telescope or a good pair of binoculars will assist in distinguishing the comet from other celestial objects.

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In April, two of the largest and most spirited astrological bodies conjoin. Jupiter finally catches up to Uranus in the sign of Taurus on April 20 and 21, an impactful meeting that has the power to act as a turning point for the rest of the year to come. Jupiter is the planet of luck, bestowing opportunity and good fortune. Conjoined Uranus, the cosmic agent of the unexpected, this pairing could mean unforeseen yet beneficial windfalls. These two planets are not only large in physical size, but also in their symbolic scope. Both act upon our minds — Jupiter being the planet of philosophy and Uranus as the planet of genius and unique insight. The treasure yielded by this conjunction may not be of material value, but of a change in perspective, a liberation from limiting beliefs. This latter expression may not be as welcome, as it can be disorienting to reconfigure the philosophical structures that guide our actions. Stay curious and be willing to examine situations from different angles. Inspiration calls!


~ Dawn Andreoni is a yoga teacher and astrologer. You can find out more about her offerings at celestialdawnastrology.com or follow her at facebook.com/astronotions. 

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  • Dawn Andreoni

    Originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dawn Andreoni has been studying and teaching yoga, astrology, and other mindfulness practices for over 10 years. She considers nature her foremost teacher, and is grateful to call such a glorious classroom as Lake Tahoe her home. Read her column The Stars every month. You can find out more about her offerings at celestialdawnastrology.com or follow her at facebook.com/astronotions.

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