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2021 self-improvement tips by star sign πŸ₯² (science-free zone)

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.

Libra 2021 βš–οΈ old πŸš€

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.

Virgo 2021 πŸ‘© features πŸš€

Toad image credit: Reimar Gaertner. Sources: 1. Virgo cluster. Cosmos, The SAO Encyclopaedia of Astronomy. Swinburne University of Technology. Available at: astronomy.swin.edu.au/cosmos/V/Virgo+Cluster (Accessed: August 2021). 2. Shu FH. Virgo cluster. Encyclopaedia Britannica. Available at: britannica.com/place/Virgo-cluster (Last updated: May 2013; Accessed: August 2021). 3. Virgo astrological signs, looks, physical features, style and other idiosyncrasies. Serendipity Astrolovers. Available at: serendipity-astrolovers.com/astrological-signs-2.html (Last updated: August 2021; Accessed: August 2021).

Leo 2021 🦁 lavish πŸš€

Sources: 1. Leo 2021 Horoscope. WiseHoroscope. Available at: wisehoroscope.org/astrology/yearly-overview/leo (Accessed: July 2021). 2. Stars Special: Your 2021 Horoscopes Are Here! Marie Claire. Available at: marieclaire.com.au/2021-horoscope (Accessed: July 2021). 3. COBE. NASA Science. Available at: science.nasa.gov/missions/cobe (Last updated: July 2015; accessed: July 2021). 4. Herman R. How fast is the earth moving? Scientific American. Available at: scientificamerican.com/article/how-fast-is-the-earth-mov/ (Last updated: October 1998; accessed: July 2021).

Mercury retrograde ↔️ πŸ”₯ πŸš€

Sources: 1. What is Mercury retrograde? Horoscope.com. Available at: horoscope.com/mercury-retrograde (Accessed: July 2021). 2. Crockett C. What is retrograde motion? EarthSky. Available at: earthsky.org/space/what-is-retrograde-motion (Last updated: February 2017; accessed July 2021). 3. What does it mean for Mercury to be in retrograde? NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Starchild. Available at: starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/questions/question46.html (Last updated: June 2002; accessed: July 2021). 4. Kubota T. No, Mercury retrograde will not mess up your life.

Our inaugural donation πŸ’° πŸš€

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.

Cancer 2021 πŸ¦€ learning πŸš€

Sources: 1. McClure B and Byrd D. The Beehive: 1,000 Stars In Cancer. EarthSky. Available at: earthsky.org/clusters-nebulae-galaxies/praesepe-beehive-cluster (Last updated: March 2020; accessed: June 2021). 2. Cancer 2021 Yearly Horoscope. Astrology.com.au. Available at: astrology.com.au/horoscopes/yearly-horoscopes/cancer-yearly-horoscope (Accessed: June 2021). 3. The AstroTwins: 2021 Cancer Astrology Overview. Astrostyle. Available at: astrostyle.com/cancer-2021-horoscope (Accessed: June 2021). 4. What June’s Cancer Horoscope Predictions Mean for You. Allure. Available at: allure.

Lunar eclipse πŸŒ“ 🍷 πŸ§€ πŸš€

Sources: 1. Carpineti A. This Is What Flat-Earthers Think Happens During A Lunar Eclipse. IFL Science. Available at: iflscience.com/space/this-is-what-flatearthers-think-happens-during-a-lunar-eclipse (Last updated: Jan 2019; accessed: May 2021). 2. Lunar Eclipse due to Shadow Object. Flat Earth Society. Available at: wiki.tfes.org/Lunar_Eclipse_due_to_Shadow_Object (Last updated: Apr 2020; accessed: May 2021). 3. Partridge J. Full Moon May 26, 2021 – Lunar Eclipse Immorality. Astrology King. Available at: astrologyking.com/full-moon-may-2021-lunar-eclipse (Last updated: May 2021; accessed: May 2021).

Gemini 2021 πŸ‘―β€β™‚οΈ success πŸš€

Sources: 1. Gemini Horoscope 2021. AstroSage. Available at: astrosage.com/2021/gemini-horoscope-2021.asp (Last updated: August 2020; accessed: May 2021). 2. Hitt D. What Was the Gemini Program? NASA. Available at: nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/nasa-knows/what-was-gemini-program-58.html (Last updated: August 2017; accessed: May 2021). 3. Granath B. Gemini Pioneered the Technology Driving Today’s Exploration. NASA. Available at: nasa.gov/content/gemini-pioneered-the-technology-driving-todays-exploration (Last updated: August 2017; accessed: May 2021). 4. The Gemini Program (1962 - 1966).

Moon water πŸŒ” cleansing πŸš€

Sources: 1. Mitchell A. How to Make Moon Water and Use It In Your Beauty Routine. Allure. Available at: allure.com/story/what-is-moon-water (Last updated: Apr 2021, accessed: Apr 2021). 2. Allure global total footprint. Conde Nast. Available at: condenast.com/brands/allure (Accessed: Apr 2021). 3. Allure (magazine). Available at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allure_(magazine) (Last updated: Apr 2021, accessed: Apr 2021). 4. Earth’s Moon. NASA Science: Solar System Exploration.

Taurus 2021 πŸ‚ health risks πŸš€

Sources: 1. Astrology Online. Taurus. Available at: astrology-online.com/taurus.htm (Accessed: Apr 2021). 2. Collins Petersen C. How to Find the Taurus Constellation. ThoughtCo. Available at: thoughtco.com/taurus-constellation-4177764 (Last updated: Nov 2019, accessed: Apr 2021). 3. Zimmerman KA. Taurus Constellation: Facts About the Bull. Space.com. Available at: space.com/17101-taurus-constellation.html (Last updated: Nov 2018, accessed: Apr 2021). 4. Mewhinney M. Pioneer 10 spacecraft sends last signal. NASA. Available at: nasa.gov/centers/ames/news/releases/2003/03_25HQ.html (Last updated: Feb 2003, accessed: Apr 2021).

Aries 2021 🐏 love and fashion πŸš€

Sources: 1. Boland Y. Stars Special: Your 2021 Horoscopes Are Here! Marie Claire. Available at: marieclaire.com.au/2021-horoscope (Accessed: Apr 2021). 2. Roberts LC et al. Know the Star, Know the Planet. III. Discovery of Late-Type Companions to Two Exoplanet Host Stars. AJ 2015;149(4):118. 3. Clavin W. Astronomers Identify a Quadruple Star System, 30 Ari. SciTechDaily. Available at: scitechdaily.com/astronomers-identify-quadruple-star-system-30-ari (Last updated: Mar 2015, accessed: Apr 2021). 4. Zimmerman KA.