Jonathan Cainer Zodiac Forecasts

August 22nd to August 28th 2005

MONDAY August 22
2003 UB313 Name comment

Astronomers recently announced the discovery of an object in our solar system, larger but further away than Pluto. Ever since, the discoverers of '2003 UB313' have been at pains to point out that they were not entirely serious when they referred to it as Xena. One of their team has just had a baby daughter called Lila. They might prefer that name. Or they might use the Greek goddess, Persephone, even though that title has already been given to an asteroid. Or they may have yet another idea. More on this tomorrow.

TUESDAY August 23
Newly-discovered object comment

There’s a newly-discovered object, orbiting the Sun. Some say it is going to be called Xena. Some say it isn’t. The officials who are supposed to name new planets are putting off the decision. They say that, first, someone must establish whether it actually is a planet. As it is bigger than Pluto, It ought to be a ‘no-brainer’ but some folk say Pluto shouldn’t really be a planet... because it is too small. I predict that once the matter is settled, Pluto will remain a ‘planet’... and by then, the name Xena will have stuck!

Moon in the middle of the day email

Dear Jonathan,
Why does the Moon sometimes appear in the middle of the day?
Regards, Lesley

Dear Lesley,
Here’s the world’s fastest, shortest astronomy lesson. Imagine you are on a roundabout on a beach. As it slowly turns, you see first the sea, then the land. Meanwhile, a fly is circling your head. So, now, sometimes you see the sea AND the fly, sometimes the land and the fly, sometimes, the sea and no fly, sometimes just the land. The roundabout is the earth, the sea is the Sun... and the fly is the Moon.

THURSDAY August 25
Moon and Sun comment

Yesterday, a reader asked why the Moon can sometimes be seen in the day. I gave an analogy about the relative movement of heavenly bodies. I now wonder if she may have been asking a simpler question. 'Why can we see the Moon while the Sun is up... even though we cannot see the stars and planets?' That's because they are so distant that the Sun's bright light drowns them out. The Moon, though, is much nearer. As long as it is in a visible phase, it can be seen whenever it is above the horizon.

FRIDAY August 26
Horoscope email

Dear Jonathan,
In all the advice you give, do you ever advise people to stop reading their horoscopes?

Dear Karen,
Should shampoo manufacturers point out that if we don’t wash our hair for months, our natural bodily oils will produce shine and lustre? Should car makers remind drivers that they have an option to walk? Astrology is not the only way to see the future... and we are not always better off knowing what’s in store. Very often I do say as much!

SATURDAY August 27
Venus, Jupiter and Mars

Weekend Forecast: If you venture out after dark, any night this week, you'll see Venus and Jupiter, impressively close together in the West, slowly sinking below the horizon. That's deeply auspicious. Equally impressive, later at night, is the sight of a midnight Mars - shining brightly towards the East. That suggests that big ambitions can now be fulfilled. If you have a dream... pursue it this weekend.

SUNDAY August 28
New Planets

Your Week Ahead: Venus and Jupiter have been drawing ever nearer to each other this month. Both have been delightfully visible, shortly after dark. Now, though, as they complete their conjunction, they are so close to the setting Sun that they can hardly be seen. Their influence, though, can still be felt. If you’re hoping for an improvement in your love life, a burst of creative inspiration... or a chance to make money, you’ll soon notice that the world is becoming full of positive possiblity. Meanwhile, if you want a visual treat, look out for Mars, around midnight. The ‘red planet’ is actually a kind of pale orangey-pink and, if you look through binoculars, you may pick out the markings that some astronomers of yesteryear once famously mistook for canals.


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