Thursday, 11 May 2017

Mercury Direct: Astronomers change their minds about SIMP1036

A new study has found that an object in the constellation Pisces which was thought to be the one of the closest brown dwarfs to our own Sun is more like a planet than a star. Scientists have reclassified what they previously thought was one of the closest brown dwarfs to our own Solar System as a giant planet-like object. Scientists studying J013656.5+093347, also known as SIMP1036, found that it has a mass 12.7 times that of Jupiter and is a planet within a 200-million-year-old group of stars called Carina Near.

A team led by Carnegie’s Jonathan Gagné carried out the new study. Their results [1] were published by The Astrophysical Journal Letters on May 3 exactly on the day Mercury [24ar15] turned direct. Mercury was approaching a conjunction to Uranus [25ar33] and both were trine to Saturn [27sa11] at the Galactic Centre [27sa06].

When Mercury stations direct, astrologers have noted [2] that quite often people change their minds about  previous ideas. Uranus (Ancient Greek Οὐρανός, Ouranos [oːranós] meaning "sky" or "heaven") was the primal Greek god personifying the sky so astronomers are changing their minds about a sky object.  Strangely the ecliptic position of  SIMP1036 is 25 Aries aligned with the Mercury-Uranus conjunction degree!

In addition about the Galactic Centre, Philip Sedgwick writes [3]:
Every now and then a review of what is known, serves the Z personality. The first step consists of reviewing information to observe what knowledge became superseded by new information. Should the new information nullify the old thinking, then delete all obsolete ideas.

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