Sedna: Cuts Like a Knife

27 01 2011
Artist: Adolph Schaller

Artist depiction of the noonday sky on Sedna.

Orbiting way out in the farthest, coldest reaches of our solar system is a small, reddish body called Sedna. Discovered in 2003, Sedna was named for the Inuit sea goddess who resides in the frigid depths of the Arctic Ocean. It has an orbital period of around 12,000 years; compare this to Pluto’s 248 years and you get a sense of the distances involved. Sedna is classified as a detached object, which means that its orbit is so far out from Neptune’s gravitational influence that it is essentially unaffected by it.

I like this phrase, ‘detached object,’ when it comes to Sedna, because detachment is a big theme of Sedna–particularly, detachment of limbs.



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Ursa Major: The Age of Aquarius and the Rise of Sarah Palin

13 12 2010

I did not intend to write about Sarah Palin’s natal chart. I intended to write about tribalism, fanaticism, disengagement from reality—basically, the age of Aquarius, de-hippiefied.  I intended to use her as an example of an irrelevant thing to which people wildly overreact, along with stuff like the Twilight saga or jeggings—you know, the kind of shit that inexplicably sends people into paroxysms of love or hate.

cat ladies love constipated-looking vampires

Pretty sure this cat is not a fan of Twilight.

I’m still planning to write that, by the way, but Ms. Palin’s chart is way too interesting for me to pass up a chance to examine it in detail.

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