Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts

edited by Patty Greenall

New Planet - KX 76
ITíS around 900 miles in diameter. Itís four billion miles away, 43 times the distance between the Earth and the Sun. It has an elliptical orbit much like that of its nearest planetary neighbour, Pluto. Itís a colossal boulder of rock and ice, probably left over from the formation of the solar system. Itís the biggest astronomical - and astrological - discovery for decades. Itís a new planet. And, until a better name is decided, itís known only as 2001 KX76.

Larry Wasserman, a scientist based at Lowell Observatory in Arizona, told Astro News: "We work as a team - myself, Robert Millis, Jim Elliot, Susan Kern and Mark Buie.
"In May this year, Jim and I were taking routine images. We take photos in pairs separated by two hours, one in red and the other in blue-green. Later, we superimpose the images. With stationary objects the red and blue-green images appear on top of each other and are seen as white. Moving objects show up as separate specks of colour. Thatís how we spotted KX76."

The new planet appears in the distant section of the solar system known as the Kuiper Belt. Objects in the Kuiper Belt are traditionally given mythological names associated with creation. The next largest known Kuiper Belt Object, is Varuna (diameter 560 miles). It was named after the Indian god of oceans and water.

Already hundreds of readers have suggested names. Scores of readers think "Peace" would be an ideal choice. Gillian Bunce, of Kidlington, Oxfordshire, suggests "Enigma". Rose Coplestone, of Barking, Essex, likes the name "Phoenix". One visitor even suggested Chunkarockus!

Keep the names coming. Weíll make sure Larryís team receive the best. Email (with subject heading: name that planet).

It's not just people that have horoscopes. Animals have them too. So do companies, teams, buildings, even TV shows. The basic rule in astrology is that, if something has a clear moment when it first came into being it can have a horoscope - no matter what it is. The first episode of EastEnders was aired on February 19, 1985 at 7pm, only moments after a new moon in Pisces. In some charts, this is not such a good omen but if you want to grab hold of public interest, it's a prime time to do it.

The moon represents "the people" and in this horoscope, "the people" are so close to the Sun that they have no choice other than to fall under its spell. The Sun, in the chart, is ruled by Jupiter which, in turn, is in the fifth house of drama, amusement, public houses, recreation and procreation. And that just about says it all - unless, of course, you want to know about the future for EastEnders, this weekís big TV award-winner. Here, the planets are emphatic. It is... to be continued!

SKYWATCHING with Bernard Fitzwalter
As above, so below, as astrologers say - meaning that what the planets do, people will do, as well. Over the next couple of weeks the planets are playing hide-and seek - if youíre up early or late you can watch them doing it. Venus rises before the Sun, so if you're up before 7am, look east to see her close to the horizon, bright and clear. With luck you just might see Mercury next to her, on the left. Mercury and Venus are exactly together twice in the next few days, so the goddess of love and the trickster are obviously up to something! Mars, Venusís usual partner is on the other side of the sky. Watch him set, a low red light in the south-west, nightly around 9pm. He knows nothing about what the other two are up to. Does this say anything to you?