Look to the skies for inspiration this month

This month a comet passes through our skies, but what does that mean for you?

Who?
If you happen to be in the countryside or somewhere wonderfully dark with clear skies Comet Lulin will be visible with the naked eye throughout the month. If you’re not blessed with night sky darkness, grab yourself a pair of binoculars and you’ll have no trouble seeing it. At its brightest point towards 25th, even the tail might be visible.

What?
While not as impressive as 1997’s Hale-Bopp or 1996’s Hyakutake, Lulin will still be a sight to behold. Until it was recently disturbed by an unknown gravitational interaction with neighbouring matter, Lulin was simply loitering in the outer solar system. It is now on its way through the inner soar system and is exciting astronomers and astrologers around the world.

When?

At the start of the month the comet enters the faint system of Libra, which is best seen at this time of year in the early hours before dawn. It will then move to the constellation of Virgo and on 16th February, appear very close to Spica. Then on 27th, just past its brightest, it will appear in the neighbouring constellation of Leo.

Where?
Sounds great, but how do we find these constellations and stars? For Spica, follow the curve of the handle of the Plough. The bright star at the bottom of a Y shape is Arcturus and if you follow down you will come to Spica. Comet Lulin will appear as a fuzzy ball just above on 16th. To find Leo, return to the Plough, following the stars that make up the side of the bowl nearest the handle and continue down towards the horizon and you’ll see Regulus towards the base of the sickle. Lulin will be half a degree from there on 27th

Comets and you...
The effects of comets and asteroids on the astrological chart have been thought to effect empires, head of states, and entire nations, but on an individual basis you might notice February is a particularly emotional month, with highs and lows on a larger scale. Leos, Virgos, Libras and anyone with elements of those signs in their charts may feel particularly influenced by this as Lulin passes directly through their constellations.

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