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Last Update: July 17, 2017
The distant Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 would not normally be of particular interest, nor is it a Dwarf Planet candidate due to its rather tiny size, nor even of interest astrologically. However, it is now because the New Howrizons' spacecraft, which recently made is close encounter with Pluto, providing unprecedented images and data about Pluto, is scheduled to make a close encounter flyby with 2014 MU69 in early January of 2019.
Astrologically, MU69 is doing one thing. It brings attention to a specific area amongst the stars of the Zen Archer: Looking for What Can Not be Seen.
An artist's conception of New Horizons reaching 2014 MU69, its designated Kuiper Belt target. Credit: Alex Parker
"Astronomers guess that it's between 25 and 45 km (15 and 30 miles) across, but the exact size depends on the reflectivity of its surface—and that's unknown. In fact, they needed the Hubble Space Telescope to discover this incredibly dim speck (magnitude 27.5) at all. It's some 6.5 billion km (43.3 astronomical units) from the Sun, a third farther out than Pluto is.
"This object has so far proven to be impossible to detect from the ground," laments Marc Buie (Southwest Research Institute). "100% of the data we have directly on 2014 MU69 is from HST, starting with the discovery images and then onward to additional images for astrometry."
To learn more and guess less, Buie and the New Horizons team have turned to an observing technique that can be even more powerful than HST...."
Full Article: June 8, 2017: Observers Track New Horizons' Next Target
"On New Year’s Day 2019, more than 4 billion miles from home, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will race past a small Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69—making this rocky remnant of planetary formation the farthest object ever encountered by any spacecraft.
But over the next six weeks, the New Horizons mission team gets an "MU69" preview of sorts—and a chance to gather some critical encounter-planning information—with a rare look at their target object from Earth.
On June 3, and then again on July 10 and July 17, MU69 will occult—or block the light from—three different stars, one on each date. To observe the June 3 "stellar occultation," more than 50 team members and collaborators are deploying along projected viewing paths in Argentina and South Africa. They'll fix camera-equipped portable telescopes on the occultation star and watch for changes in its light that can tell them much about MU69 itself...."
Full Article: New Horizons Deploys Global Team
2014 MU69 was discovered on June 26, 2014 with the Hubble Space Telescope while searching for a distant object for Horizon's next flyby after its encounter with Pluto. On May 10, 2017, IAU's Minor Planet Center assigned the number 486958 to 2014 MU69, which means it can now be named. It has a low orbital inclination (~2.45°) and low eccentricity (~0.04), with an orbital period currently calculated to be about 293 years.
2014 MU69 discovered in Sagitarius, slightly north of the ecliptic conjoining Phi of Sagittarius, and about 2° lagging from Pluto, which has a slightly faster orbit (248 years). The two conjoined throughout 2012, with their synod occuring in March 2012.
The events occuring now in 2017 set a theme for the 2012 Pluto-MU69 synodic cycle, one quite fitting the the essence of our Zer Archer: "Looking for What Can Not be Seen."
Sagittarius, stargate to Galactic Center, is commonly referred to as the Sagittarian Centaur, Zen Archer, or the First Horseman whose arrow points toward Galactic Center, the heart of our Galaxy, from which expresses the cosmic intelligent force that forms and suspends our entire Galaxy.
Sagittarius is the Galactic City of Light responsible for the higher spiritual education about our galactic heritage and the evolution of souls. From R.H. Allen, "Star Names: Their Lore & Meaning": Sagittarius is "...the Strong One, and Illuminator of the Great City (i.e., galactic center); Light of the White Face; and on the stones of Sippara (the Sepharvaim of the Old Testament)—a solar city Sagittarius, 'appears sculptured in full glory.'"
Sagittarius is both a galactic constellation and an ecliptical constellation because it lies upon the galactic equator and the ecliptic. Sagittarius oversees the "Gate of God" (5° sidereal Sag)—the primary reference point for the cycle of Earth's ~25,000-year Precessional Cross, created by the intersection of the plane of our galaxy and the plane of our solar system. Earth's Precessional Cycle, and the cycle of the Precessional Cross occurring in the ecliptic plane, governs the evolutionary cycle of the soul collective incarnate on Earth.
As defender of the Galactic City of Light, the Sagittarian Centaur is responsible for the higher spiritual education of all intelligent life on Earth. Overhead is the constellation Scutum, Galactic shield of Earth's Precessional Cross, which is emblazoned with its symbol, the cross in a circle, which is both the astronomical symbol for Earth and Earth's Precessional Cross. Sagittarius is supreme defender of the High Truth of the Precessional Cross—ensuring the spiritual and evolutionary fulfillment of humankind—one who is willing to live, fight, and die for this Truth.
Sagittarius is the spiritual warrior. On a personal level, the stars of Sagittarius generally inspire demonstrable action to live a deeper inner truth, or a more universal truth, and to express that truth through an undaunted Zen focus to hit the target of our highest ideals and dreams, ultimately to achieve a greater unified awareness. The Zen Archer is focused upon long-term goals, that is, the goals of durative soul rather than short-term trivial or transitory pursuits.
In addition to the dates presented above and those in the Pluto-MU69 Sagittarius star chart, current dates of significance include those where many eyes and many telescopes, in specific parts of the world, will peer into the depths of the Zen Archer. "On June 3, and then again on July 10 and July 17, 2017, MU69 will occult (block the light from) three different stars, one on each date. To observe the June 3 "stellar occultation," more than 50 team members and collaborators are deploying along projected viewing paths in Argentina and South Africa. They'll fix camera-equipped portable telescopes on the occultation star and watch for changes in its light that can tell them much about MU69 itself." "A total of 22 16-inch (40-centimeter) portable telescopes and more than 24 fixed location telescopes will be spaced every six to 18 miles (10 to 25 km) along the shadow’s most likely path across the Earth to maximize the chances of one or more successful observations." (spaceflightinsider.com)
Target Date: New Year's Day 2019
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