I came across this sincere astrology advice recently. It made me laugh so I decided to turn it into panels. It details where we need to holiday post-pandemic and what we should be learning. I’m not sure how the stars know about things like synchronised swimming, kite surfing and the Kama Sutra. Or why 1 in 12 people should travel specifically to Miami … but I’m a scientist not an astrologer so what would I know.
I just learned that one of the universe’s oldest stars lies inside the Libra constellation - HD 140283, a.k.a. Methuselah. A recent study suggests it’s about 12 billion years old - that’s not that long after the Big Bang. One of the clues is it’s low metallicity - it was born in a time when metals were rare and everything was made mostly of hydrogen and helium. Methuselah is around 200 light years away and you need binoculars or a telescope to see it.
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Our Society is committed to making an annual donation to someone doing real science with stars and planets (versus the pseudoscience of astrology). We’re pleased to report our inaugural donation has gone to the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics Innovation Fund. It’s not enough to buy a new Hubble, but we hope this small contribution helps them do the cool things they do. And we’ll aim for more next year.
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