The Lunar Planner

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Live in magnificence with the Heavens, in harmony with the natural Lunar Cycles, and in attunement to Mother Earth.
Make passage through these transformative times with inner peace and experiential wisdom.

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Welcome to The Lunar Planner

Nick Anthony Fiorenza, author and creator of

This entire web site is an educational resource for those interested in Astronomical Astrology, Sidereal Astrology, the relation between Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs, Astrology of the Stars, Planetary Synodic Cycles & Synodic Astrology, Dwarf Planets, Asteroids and Centaurs, Earth's Precessional Cycle and Earth's Precessional Cross, Solar Cycles, Planetary Resonances, Earthgrid Mapping & Seismic Prediction, Planetary Bio-Harmonics in Light, Color & Sound, Health & Healing, and the Evolution of Human Consciousness. Please Enjoy!

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The Lunar Planner section includes the "Monthly Lunar Planner" and many other related areas about planetary cycles, astronomy, sidereal astrology, stars, new planets, centaurs and asteroids. Links are in the sub-menus above and more are below. The Monthly Lunar Planner commentary, based in star-level Astronomical Sidereal Astrology, is available to subscribers, while the rest of this web site, which is quite voluminous, is FREE. I also offer various publications including personalized star charts, books and planetary bio-harmonic audio meditations. About Me!

"The stars would not be in the heavens if we
were meant to walk in darkness."

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This Lunar Month's Theme

Path of the Lion
Total Solar Eclipse

The August 21, 2017 Lunar Cycle

A Synopsis of this Lunar Month

This August 21, 2017 New Moon produces a Total Solar Eclipse. This is a North Node eclipse occurring under the auspices of the Head of the Lion. The eclipse is visible in North America with the eclipse path traversing the continental United States from Oregon to South Carolina. You must be on the eclipse path to see totality. You can see a partial eclipse if you are north of south of the path of totality.

Generally, eclipse lunar cycles mark a time of shifting into a new octave of experience. They offer a time to resynchronize our selves with the ever-changing cosmic currents supporting our evolutionary progression in consciousness. Eclipses tend to bring about endings and new beginnings. How dramatic these changes can be and in what areas of our lives is a function of star alignments and other aspecting planets occurring at the time of the eclipse, and where they occur in our natal (and especially a relocated) chart. They have a far greater effect in our lives when they conjoin other natal planets and personal points by ±6°. Eclipses bring emphasis to issues related to the chart area and planets involved. Eclipse influences generally last about six months for us personally, until the next eclipse occurs. Eclipse lunar cycles are ideal times to set new six-month goals to create personal change in our lives, not necessarily on the solar or lunar eclipse, but based upon the realizations we have throughout the eclipse lunar cycle.

Solar eclipses offer opportunity to redefine concepts of self and the roles we play in the world, or how we articulate ourselves in life, our persona. They are about shifting octaves in the nature of our self-perception and self-expression. They bring attention to what is important to us personally and subsequently to the decisions we make in our lives. They can invite a new beginning in life or impel a new way of participating in life.

New Moon Star Chart

There are several stars formulating our eclipse energetic. The eclipse itself conjoins Adhafera, Al Jabhah, Algieba and Regulus, all of Leo. The North Lunar Node at the Leo cusp lies a few degrees early in the ecliptic and sets the directive for the eclipse. The North Node is the point of determination and accomplishment. It conjoins Subra, the paw of the Lion and Al Sumat (Alpha) Beta, and Gamma Pyxidis of Argo Navis. Lying between the Sun and North Node, and conjoining both, are Alphard of Hydra, Suhail al Muhlif on the sail of the Argo and the Puppus-A Supernova Remnant / X–Ray Source, which lie in the southern heavens.

The Lion faces west, with its head looking over into sidereal Cancer with Algieba (the mane), Adhafera (on the crest of the mane), Rasalas (the crown), and Algenubi (the eye) all composing the Lion's head. The star Subra, just south of the ecliptic and on the Cancer-Leo cusp, is the Lion's paw buried in the desert sand. Regulus (at 5° sidereal Leo) embodies the essence of the Lion.

The stars expressing through this few degree area of the zodiak set the tone of this eclipse and for this lunar cycle. They are of prominence, eminence, nobility, royalty, pride, courage, pioneering pursuits, self-reliance, independence, and influential leadership. They are those of visionaries, explorers, and adventurers, those with little interest or contentment to fit into the status quo and who seek to go beyond the norm in accomplishment. These are people who are undaunted in the face of perilous explorations and are proud to demonstrate it. They are willing to leave the comfort of mass-consensus, are self-reliant, self-confident and determined to break trail into unexplored territory. They seek a better way to live and seek to discover new possibilities waiting to be realized.

These stars are also about our inner "vertical integrity," that is, living true to self, openly on the world stage. This means walking in confidence and with self-respect, aligned with the truth in our hearts, in thought, word, and deed. Our personal integrity, our inner vertical attunement, must precede any horizontal, humanitarian participation in the world (Leo's opposite Aquarian pole). Without this inner integrity we become self-sacrificing, entrapped in a sympathetic resonance of dance, giving self away at the cost of our hearts' truth. This perpetuates discord and dysfunction for self and for others because we are simply living a lie. Only by living from our personal integrity and true to heart do we provide opportunity for others to also stand in their integrity and live their truth. On the other side of coin, without the maturity of acknowledging the Aquarian polarity, we can become ego-driven, where it is all about "I" without caring or concern for others.

New Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

New Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
Subtract 0° 16' for the Galactic Ayanamsa

This Total Eclipse occurs not only in the Sun's home sign, making its influence especially strong, imparting strength and confidence, but it also imbues and radiates the energetics of exceptionally significant stars. It impels us to live in the confidence and nobleness of the Lion, to live true to our soul's promise, to break trail into new vistas of consciousness and human experience, and to visualize and coalesce a new reality for our lives.

This Total Eclipse is not only especially significant personally, but is also significant for the United States as a country, both for its people and its governing body. Although eclipses effect the entire Earth, they create a significant resonance upon Earth's energy grid and establish telluric currents along the eclipse path that continue to influence evolutionary impetus for many years to follow. This eclipse, imbuing the stellar energetics expressing through the Head of the Lion, establishes an evolutionary current—the path of the Lion—that impels the United States to break trail for better ways to live, to envision and explore new possibilities, to redefine itself as a nurturing force, and to mature in integrity and in leadership, both for her people and in her role in the world. Only time will tell how this will play out.

This Leo North Node Solar Eclipse fulfills the Annular South Node Solar Eclipse of February 26, 2017 in the evolutionary progression that eclipse currents create. The previous eclipse, occurring in sidereal Aquarius, brought emphasis to humanity's fundamental needs, to resources that fulfill those needs, and to the need for the unimpeded flow of those resources to all of humanity to heal and nurture the human condition. It raised issues regarding the restrictive control and exploitation of resources that lead to an unhealthy and frail human populous, and our need to address those issues. It as well brought attention to our need to learn how to heal ourselves personally and better our life conditions. It also brought emphasis to our need to relinquish illusory ideals and antiquated patterns of behavior, as a populous and as groups in that populous, about how to better our world, impelling us to think outside the box and to allow alternative paths to be realized. As a south node eclipse, it impelled movement toward the north node energetic in Leo, to the eclipse occurring now. This means to claim the wisdom from the south node eclipse energetic, what we have learned over the last several months, and to apply it through the north node eclipse energetic occurring now as it expresses over the months ahead—to explore new territory, to discover new opportunities and face the challenges they may present through noble pioneering leadership, through all that kingly Leo exemplifies.

This eclipse also occurs during Mercury's retrograde, which completes on September 5 conjoining Mars, just before the Full Moon. Mercury's entire retrograde occurs over the eclipse location and contributes to the energetic of the eclipse and its expression in our lives.The Sun and retrograde Mercury conjoin on August 26, just after the Crescent Moon, which initiates the new ~116-day Earth-Mercury cycle. The Sun-Mercury conjunction lies opposite the Dwarf Planet 2007 Or10 in Aquarius. OR10 is the largest unnamed world in our solar system and is the third largest of the dwarf planets. This also initiates a new annual Earth-OR10 synodic cycle, synthesizing these two events and their energetics. This extends the theme of the Mercury cycle to include the resonances of OR10. This is one of several events starting on the Crescent Moon.

Mercury's retrograde in Leo.
(You can pause the video and drag the progress bar to view any section of the video.)

Juno completes her retrograde also at the time of the Crescent Moon, amongst the stars of the Zen Archer. Juno and the Centaur Chariklo (the largest Centaur and mythically Chiron's wife) are in a rare synchronous retrograde, during which they initiate a new 4.7-year synodic cycle, which continues through March 17, 2022. The two will make their final conjunction in mid-October, also the time when Chariklo completes her retrograde. The Juno-Chariklo synthesis and its significance for relationships is presented in the article Juno & Chariklo 2017: The Resonance of Our Relationships.

The Gibbous Moon trigger to the Ceres T-square with Jupiter-Haumea and Eris.

In addition to the eclipse, another equally significant event occurs within this lunar cycle—the Ceres Jupiter-Haumea Eris T-Square. This event also begins on the Crescent Moon and continues throughout this entire lunar cycle. Jupiter, now having completed its retrograde, and having made its final square with Pluto (Aug 4), makes its conjunction with Haumea, conjoining Spica and Archturus, and exceptionally significant stellar location. It occurs in opposition to Eris as Ceres creates a T-square to the opposition during the several days surrounding the Full Moon of this lunar cycle. This climatic event is a part of a long-standing planetary configuration that occurs from 2014 through 2019. It began with the Eris-Haumea opposition as the underlying energetic, which consists of nine exact geocentric oppositions. Uranus joined in by conjoining Eris in opposition to Haumea, with three key conjunctions with Eris occurring in June of 2016 through March of 2017. This began an unprecedented planetary configuration stimulating unexpected radical revelatory transformation that would upset societal stagnation, often by disclosing cover-ups and hidden agendas—providing an eye-opening time and wakeup call for humanity. Uranus also makes five oppositions to Haumea in the process with the last two occurring in late 2018 and early 2019.

Ceres joined the first Uranus-Eris conjunction in June 2016, raising questions about and bringing attention to issues regarding not only ecological and environmental matters but also about what is and is not nourishing to humanity's wellbeing in general. Ceres then began its retrograde making two more conjunctions with Uranus and Eris through early January 2017. Jupiter joined in bringing its expansive mobilizing force as it approached Haumea while making its opposition to Uranus and Eris in late December 2016, amplifying and dramatizing the need for radical change to remake our sociological expression. Jupiter would then maintain its strong presence as it began its retrograde throughout the first few months of 2017. We now experience the climatic finale with the Ceres-Jupiter-Haumea-Eris T-square, with Jupiter's final opposition to Uranus occurring slightly afterward, on the First Quarter Moon (conjoining Juno, emphasizing relationships) in the following lunar cycle. This is all shown in the graphic ephemeris below and is presented in more detail in Disclosure & Discovery: New Frontiers in Consciousness. Ceres now becomes a prominent force of expression, one prominent throughout this lunar cycle. This climatic T-square and the Jupiter-Haumea conjunction also fully engage the new Jupiter-Haumea 13.5-year synodic cycle.

The 2017 Ceres Jupiter-Haumea Eris T-Square Graphic Ephemeris

Saturn completes its retrograde a couple of hours after the Crescent Moon. Saturn and Ixion conjoin the Head of Ophiuchus and the Sting of the Scorpion. Saturn and Ixion are also now in a near exact aspect to the Jupiter-Haumea-Eris opposition as well, as they were early in the year before they began their retrogrades, and once again forming a Yod with Jupiter-Haumea to Sedna. This Yod is, and has been throughout all of 2017, a key dynamic of the Uranus-Eris-opposition to Jupiter-Haumea, one that continues to have a prominent influence throughout the remainder of this year. This entire planetary configuration directly supports the re-emergence of the long-lost exiled feminine principle on Earth and to entice the emergence of the feminine force in the world, especially stimulating women to emerge as this driving force.

These are but a few of many events occurring in this exceptionally dynamic Total Eclipse lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning and more—the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives—based in star-level astronomical sidereal astrology and synodic astrology.

If you would like to learn more about the energetics of each lunar cycle, how they relate to your personal experience and the opportunity for growth each cycle offers, to learn more about the longer-term underlying cycles driving evolutionary change on our planet, and to gain more insight into star-level astrology, the meaning of the stars and constellations, and about astronomical-based synodic astrology, subscribe to the monthly Lunar Planner.

The Monthly Lunar Planner Commentary is available for a small subscription fee, merely the price of one good Cappuccino per month. New subscribers have a five-day trial period to explore the current Monthly Lunar Planner before committing to the 6-month subscription. You can also visit the Lunar Planner Archive to view previous issues of the Lunar Planner so you can get a feel for what the monthly Lunar Planners are all about. Lunar Planners older than a couple of months are made available to non-subscribers.

Recent Article Updates

The Haumea-Pluto Connection

This is especially significant for The Haumea Pluto Generation of 1952-1957, The Saturn Pluto Haumea Generation of 1947-1948, and The Uranus-Haumea Generation of 1962. See "The Haumea-Pluto Connection."


Chiron has recently entered sidereal Pisces, now in the first few degrees, which brings emphasis not only to emotional healing but more so to healing of long-established behavioral patterns, which often extend beyond this lifetime. These can even be inherited genomic and epigenetic patterns not of our own making, but that have formulated over eons. I have recently added an extensive update about Chiron based upon its orbital parameters and discovery. This is entirely new material about Chiron. See "The Astronomy and Astrology of the Centaurs."


2007 OR10 is the largest unnamed world in our solar system and the third largest of the currently known Dwarf Planets. Think it is worthy to consider? Were is it in your chart? See "The Astronomy and Astrology of Dwarf Planet 2007 OR10."

Searching for what can not be seen.

Leave it to the Zen Archer to bring inspiration to search for what can not be seen. What's next for the Horizon spacecraft as it makes passage past the gatekeeper Pluto? See "The Astronomy and Astrology of 2014 MU69."

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About Lunar Cycles

You need not know a thing about astrology to live in attunement to the natural Lunar Cycles. The progressing lunar cycles and their changing eight lunar phases is a natural time piece of spiraling creative expression. Participating and acting in time with the changing lunar phases can enhance your creative process, synchronize your mind and body, teach you how to breathe with your emotions, to live in the power of the present, and help you to become more productive and follow through with your plans and ideals. Most of all, it can drastically reduce stress that is so prominent when living in our modern-day mechanized and synthetic world that is out of touch with our natural biological rhythms. Simply download the Lunar Planner Introduction and each month's Lunar Calendar to learn how. It is free, simple and fun.

Phases of the Lunar Cycle

The Lunar Calendar

There are two parts to the Monthly Lunar Calendar:

1) The Lunar Calendar Introduction - The Lunar Cycle & Lunar Phases

This FREE printable document provides simple and empowering instructions on how to live in attunement to the natural lunar phases. It includes a detailed explanation of the characteristics of each lunar phase, how one lunar phase shifts to another, creating an experiential spiral of personal growth.

The Lunar Planner Introduction is not something to just read, it is an experiential and participatory tool that can empower you to live in harmony and balance with your emotional and physical experience. To gain full benefit from the Lunar Planner, use it along with each month's lunar calendar on a daily basis: write down your experiences and feelings in each month's calendar, especially before and after each lunar phase shift. Observe and and take note of your experiences and feelings on a daily basis in the context of the lunar phase characteristics as presented in this Introduction. Doing so quickly reveals how your life experience, inner feelings, and realizations are colored by lunar phases and their transitions. As you observe the synchronicity between your life experience, inner feelings, and the changing lunar phases, you can then learn to consciously live attuned to the natural spiral of growth rather than just observe it, not merely scheduling your activities within the lunar spiral of growth, but more importantly, embracing your life experience in its fullness, living in the present and thus gaining greater self-empowerment through the inner growth your life experience has to offer.

Lunar Planner Introduction is a free PDF.

The Introduction is a 9 page printable PDF file available to view or download (~600 kb).

2) The Monthly Lunar Calendar

Printed annual Lunar Planner writing journal

You can also order the Annual Lunar Planner Writing Journal. Printed and shipped to you.

The two page Lunar Calendar is posted a few days before each NEW MOON. The Lunar Calendar reveals the dates and times of each lunar phase shifts and their changing characteristics. You can use the lunar calendar as a daily planner as well as a journal to record your experiences and feelings as the changing lunar phase occur.

Writing your experiences in the Lunar Calendar and correlating them with the changing lunar phases is the best way to learn how the lunar cycles and their changes phases work at an experiential level. Working with the Lunar Planner Introduction along with each month's lunar calendar can help you to become consciously aware of the lunar rhythm in your life and how to participate with it in empowerment. The Lunar Calendar goes hand-in-hand with the above Lunar Planner Introductory pdf file.

• The "Journal Version" of the Lunar Calendar is FREE to all visitors.

• An "Aspects Version" of the Lunar Calendar is available to subscribers, It has the principal lunar aspects and other planetary cycles listed under each lunar phase, for those wishing to have this additional information.

The Monthly Lunar Calendar free PDF

The August 21, 2017
Lunar Calendar

The Monthly Lunar Planner Commentary

Planetary cycles create the evolutionary currents of growth occurring within ourselves and our lives. To know what these cycles of life are asking of us is to consciously participate in life from a place of personal empowerment and inner peace. In this awareness and attunement, we can walk the path leading to our highest fulfillment—physically, emotionally and spiritually.

The "Monthly Lunar Planner Commentary," also made available just before each New Moon, articulates the opportunity for growth in consciousness each lunar month offers and how each month's lunar theme unfolds throughout the changing phases of the Lunar Calendar. I explore the theme of each lunar month and its unfoldment in our lives with "astronomical star-level astrology" which I have evolved over decades. This is not sign-based astrology reducing the heavens to twelve archetypes, but is experientially-based astrology, much like one would naturally learn by living and sleeping under the starry heavens. I explore planetary alignments with all of the individual stars and constellations in the entire celestial sphere, along with the myriad of interweaving planetary cycles, their themes and where we are in those cycles. Looking at the astrology of individual stars rather than that of mere astrological signs (whether tropical or sidereal signs), is like adjusting an out of focus camera lens into crystal clarity. Each lunar cycle nesting within the longer-term planetary cycles, weaves a story line of our evolutionary unfoldment and spiritual awakening.

The monthly Lunar Planner Commentary is based in star level, Sidereal Astrology and Synodic Astrology with unique and original Galactic Star Lore—the mythology (picture language) of the Greater Heavens.

The Monthly Lunar Planner Commentary is available for a small subscription fee, merely the price of one good Cappuccino per month. New subscribers have a five-day trial period to explore the current Monthly Lunar Planner before committing to the 6-month subscription. You can also visit the Lunar Planner Archive to view previous issues of the Lunar Planner so you can get a feel for what the monthly Lunar Planners are all about. Lunar Planners older than a couple of months are made available to non-subscribers.

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Although each lunar month's astrological commentary reveals the dynamics of the unfolding lunar theme and provides an embracing context to our experience, it is adjunct material. It is not necessary to read the monthly astrology in order to learn to live in attunement to the lunar cycles, as offered in the above free Lunar Planner Introduction and by using each month's free Lunar Calendar. The monthly Lunar Planner Commentary is also a wonderful educational tool for astrologers wishing to learn more about astronomy, synodic cycles, the fixed stars and their influence in astrology.

Whether you subscribe to the Monthly Lunar Planner or not, the rest of the Lunar Planner web site is packed full of educational resources, which are free and available to everyone. So please feel welcome to explore.


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Recent Articles

A Plethora of articles for Non-Subscribers

Some new articles include:

• 2017 06 22 The third largest Dwarf Planet, 2007 OR10. An extensive update about OR10's astrological influence based on its orbital parameters and discovery chart.

• 2017 04 18 Juno & Chariklo 2017 The Resonance of Our Relationships.

• 2017 03 08 The 2017 Venus Retrograde & the New Venus 1.6-year Synodic Cycle

• 2016 10 20 Out of Bounds Mars & Pluto 2003-2018

• 2016 10 05 Planets Out of Bounds

• 2016 06 23 Video: The 2020 Jupiter Saturn Pluto Planetary Alignment & Saturn's Retrogrades 2014-2020
The Saturn-Pluto (Ceres) synod initiates a new 34-year cycle. The Jupiter-Pluto (Pallas) synod initiates a new 12.5-year cycle. The Jupiter-Saturn synod initiates a new 20-year cycle, under the auspices of Altair, Eye of the Eagle. The Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto conjunctions, and the new synodic cycles all occurring in 2020, engage a significantly new evolutionary energetic for humanity. The second video shows Saturn's retrogrades occurring from 2014 through 2020.

• 2016 05 02 New Frontiers in Consciousness 2016-2017. Disclosure & Discovery Possibilities
Uranus-Eris opposite Haumea

We explore an unprecedented planetary configuration occurring in 2016-2017 in this commentary that may help to unravel humanity's current view of reality and that may open us to a far more embracing awareness that changes every facet of human life as well as our current world paradigm—perhaps in a radically disruptive way at first, but resulting in a progressive outcome in the longer term.

• 2016 03 23 Sociopolitical & Personal Explorations 2016-2020.
The Saturn-Neptune Square & the Saturn-Neptune 36.4-year synodic cycle & the Saturn-Uranus 45-year cycle. The Jupiter-Saturn Square and the Jupiter-Saturn 20-year cycle, the Jupiter-Neptune-Chiron opposition and their synodic cycles. The Neptune-Orcus opposition & the Neptune-Orcus 498-year synodic cycle.

Recently Archived

Revolution & Revelation: The Uranus-Pluto Square 2012-2015
This article is an in-depth exploration of the 2012-2015 Uranus-Pluto Square, the initial Uranus-Pluto synodic cycle that began in the mid-1960s, and the energetics of these events catalyzing what should become another major evolutionary transition for us all.

Although we are now through the transition (2012-2015 geocentric square), we are just into the first few degrees of the second "creative action quarter" of this 138-year cycle. This quarter continues through the Uranus-Pluto opposition, which occurs in 2047. The escalation of radical and revolutionary actions occuring in the world today are, in part, a product of our entry into the action quarter of the Uranus-Pluto cycle.

Your Natal Eris and the 2012 - 2015 Uranus-Pluto Square
Uranus transits your natal Eris while Pluto squares Uranus and your natal Eris for people born from 1944 through 1988. Find out when this occurs for you. Also on the horizon is the new Uranus-Eris Generation birthing in 2016.

The Juno-Sedna Synodic Cycles at the Juno-Sedna Orbital Plane Crossing 2014-2018. Emergence of the Feminine into Relationships and Partnerships of all Types.

Outer-Planet Synodic Cycles Timeline (1940-2040)

• For More visit Articles Archive

Some Reference Material

Sidereal Astrology: Earth's Precession and the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiaks

Synodic Astrology: Synodic Cycles & Planetary Retrogrades

Clockwise Whole House Rotation & your Natal Cross in Sidereal Astrology

2014-2020 Annual Graphic Ephemerides

• For More visit Reference Material

Astronomical News

Our Place in Space to launch in Venice
Astronomy and art combine in a brand new Hubble-inspired exhibition 20 January 2017

Hubble: Our Place In Space

For 26 years, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has been expanding our cosmic horizons. In capturing an astronomical number of images, Hubble has revealed and shared the beauty, wonder, and complexity of the Universe. Now on 1 February 2017, a new exhibition called Our Place in Space will open in Venice, Italy. It will present a breathtaking visual journey, through our Solar System and out to the edge of the known Universe, alongside Hubble-inspired works by contemporary Italian artists....

After being on display in Venice the exhibition will be shown in the medieval town of Chiavenna, Italy, from 5 May to 31 August 2017. There it will be hosted at the Palazzo Vertemate and other nearby palaces. Afterwards it will be put on display in Garching, Germany, in the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre. Further stops in other European countries, the USA and even Australia are planned. Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge on all occasions.

Ceres by Dawn

Ceres by Dawn

• Sept 1, 2016 - Ceres' Geological Activity, Ice Revealed in New Research: A lonely 3-mile-high (5-kilometer-high) mountain on Ceres is likely volcanic in origin, and the dwarf planet may have a weak, temporary atmosphere. These are just two of many new insights about Ceres from NASA's Dawn mission published this week in six papers in the journal Science. &Dawn has revealed that Ceres is a diverse world that clearly had geological activity in its recent past,& said Chris Russell, principal investigator of the Dawn mission, based at the University of California, Los Angeles....

• Sept. 2, 2016 - Jupiter’s North Pole Unlike Anything Encountered in Solar System: NASA’s Juno spacecraft has sent back the first-ever images of Jupiter’s north pole, taken during the spacecraft’s first flyby of the planet with its instruments switched on. The images show storm systems and weather activity unlike anything previously seen on any of our solar system’s gas-giant planets....

• July, 2015 - The New Horizons spacecraft made its long awaited flyby past Pluto and Charon, bringing unprecedented images of Pluto and Charon. See images and videos at NASA New Horizons.

Pluto and Charon by NASA's New Horizons

New Horizons Pluto & Charon by NASA July 2015

• Dec, 2011 - NASA's Dawn Spacecraft, while orbiting Vesta, found some surprising things on the giant asteroid—things that have prompted this statement from Chris Russell, Dawn principal investigator from UCLA: "We're seeing enormous mountains, valleys, hills, cliffs, troughs, ridges, craters of all sizes, and plains. Vesta is not a simple ball of rock. This is a world with a rich geochemical history. It has quite a story to tell!."

• For More visit Astronomical News