Friday April 11th 2003 -
edited by Bernard Fitzwalter
This week in Astro News:
~ Mercury 'under sunbeams' ~
~ AstroDiary ~
If you canít spot Mercury, make do with Jupiter and Saturn.
Jupiter is very bright, high in the South to South-West almost
every night at about 9pm; Saturn is tawny-yellow, above Orionís
shoulders, a little less obvious but not too hard to find.
During the next few days, if youíre lucky,
you may see Mercury, the smallest planet. It appears near
the Sun, just before sunrise or just after sunset. Often it
is too close to the Sun to see properly. At such times ancient
astrologers used to say the planet was Ďunder the sunbeamsí.
Sometimes, however, Mercury is far enough from the Sun to
be easily visible; astronomers say that this is when Mercury
is at its Ďgreatest elongationí from the Sun. And it happens
To view it, be in a high place if possible, just after sunset.
Face west with your arm out in front of you and your fist
resting on the horizon. Mercury should be straight ahead,
to the right of centre, and about three fist-widths up from
If you can spot the constellation of Orion on your left, then
Mercury is at exactly the same height from the horizon as
Rigel, the bright star which is Orionís left knee.
Youíll know it if you see it, because there arenít any stars
of similar brightness in that part of the sky. But there again
it might be cloudy, and Mercury likes to be elusive.
with Adam Smith
Friday (April 11): Bedford Astrology Club.
Retrograde Planets, with Peta High bedford
Saturday (April 12): Bolton Astrology Conference
with Bernadette Brady & Darrylyn Gunsberg
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Graham Douglas is
carrying out research into possible astrological relationships between
the births of siblings in the same family. He is looking for sets
of birth data for complete sets of brothers and sisters
of any age. If you are able to help please include date, time and
place of birth, gender of the child,
and (if known) whether or not the birth was natural or induced in
A report of the findings will be sent to anyone who requests it, when
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Many Thanks for your help.
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