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Astronomy is at loggerheads with astrology when it comes to Mercury Retrograde, in which Mercury, the planet associated with communication, appears to move backwards and seemingly causes chaos, tension, missed flights, crashed computers and lost phones!
Scientific calculations show that the gravitational effect of Mercury is negligible, the backward moving effect of Mercury during the retrograde phase is simply an illusion, a trick of perspective.
Modern science, therefore, concludes that the hoopla of Mercury retrograde is just confirmation bias, and the problems, snags and delays continue throughout the year, not just when the planet shifts to back gear.
The seventh planet from the Sun with the third largest diameter in our solar system, Uranus is very cold and windy. The ice giant is surrounded by 13 faint rings and 27 small moons as it rotates at a nearly 90-degree angle from the plane of its orbit. This unique tilt makes Uranus appear to spin on its side, orbiting the Sun like a rolling ball.
The first planet found with the aid of a telescope, Uranus was discovered in 1781 by astronomer William Herschel, although he originally thought it was either a comet or a star. It was two years later that the object was universally accepted as a new planet, in part because of observations by astronomer Johann Elert Bode.
William Herschel tried unsuccessfully to name his discovery Georgium Sidus after King George III. Instead the planet was named for Uranus, the Greek god of the sky, as suggested by Johann Bode.
The smallest planet in our solar system and nearerst to the Sun,
Mecury is only slightly larger than the Earth's Moon. From the surface of Mercury, the sun would appear more than three times as large as it does when viewed from Earth, and the sunlight would be as much as seven times brighter.
Despite its proximity to the Sun, Mercury is not the hottest planet in our solar system – that title belongs to nearby Venus, thanks to its dense atmosphere.
Mercury is the fastest planet, zipping around the Sun every 88 Earth days.
Mercury is appropriately named for the swiftest of the ancient Roman gods.
Astrology means something different to everyone, and true significance lies in what it symbolizes to each individual.
For some, astrology poses as a kind of blueprint of self-awareness and emotional balance and is a tool for self-empowerment, self-awareness, and empathy.