The Dance of the Fabulous 5- How to View this month’s Celestial Spectacle

For the next month, we can witness a rare celestial sight- five of our planets rising together in the pre-dawn skies!!

No matter what the weather is looking like this month, it’s definitely worth the trip outside to witness Mercury begin to crown over a (chilly) horizon. You’ve got a whole month to catch the show, so don’t fear some cloudy nights! During predawn, you’ll be able to trace an arc across the sky towards Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter. Stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere should set their alarm clocks at least 45 minutes before sunrise to catch the middle of this daily spectacular show. Unfortunately, these are the only planets that can ever get together like this. Neptune and Pluto are too far away to ever be seen without a telescope, and Uranus can only sometimes be seen in the middle of a dark sky without any help. Making this really, really special event…!!

It’s been over 10 years since all the fab five planets have been together, so the time is NOW!!! These dazzling planets can be seen simultaneously from January 20th to February 20th. All five planets will be visible to the naked eye, but a telescope can add another dimension- how about being about to see Jupiter’s moons and Saturn’s rings? What a gorgeous sight!

Just so you know the celestial schedule: Jupiter will rise first in the evening; Mars makes its debut at midnight; and then Saturn, Venus, and Mercury appear respectively, according to EarthSky.org. Mercury, however, will be the hardest to view without the aid of (at least) binoculars until around Feb. 5th or 6th, but Jupiter and Venus will beam brightly throughout this month. If you’re having trouble tracing the course of this Twinkling Tango, you can also use the moon’s position to help guide you. It may also be useful to use a Sky Almanac– depending on your location, you can get a more accurate rising/setting time for the planets.  http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/mrst.php

If you’re having trouble deciphering what is a planet vs. a twinkling star, simply close one eye, stretch your arm out and slowly pass your thumb over a bright dot in the sky. If the dot dies out slowly, then it’s a planet if it immediately blinks out- it’s a star!

So make sure you prepare for the show, and figure out when Mercury will rise near you using the United States Naval Observatory’s webpage. Hope for clear skies and bundle up because this may be the best view of the five planets aligned for quite some time….
Works Cited:

http://earthsky.org/science-wire/when-will-all-five-visible-planets-appear-simultaneously

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/visible-planets-tonight-mars-jupiter-venus-saturn-mercury

http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/19/10793954/rare-planet-alignment-january-february-2016
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CES 2016- Meditate & Tech

It’s taken me a few days to get back into a rhythm after attending the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas Nevada. With over 150,000 visitors flooding the hallways trying to get a glimpse into the future, it was an intense & inspirational experience. Not only did I have a chance to help my fiance’ as an exhibitor down in Eureka Park, but I was able to scope out, within 3 full days, a lot of exciting new technologies. Trying out everything from VR sets,4D Exercising machines, to smart tech devices that monitor your body’s H20 levels, there was an overwhelming introduction of technologies that will better human and non-human life. Everything from practical inventions that alert you if your infant stops breathing, to wearable tech devices that extend a quality of life for the aging. The future is about living a healthy life- Mind, Body & Soul!

Here’s an invention that completely blew me away….the NERVANA Headset…

  • NERVANA

 

The hand-held device from Florida-based NERVANA allows users to plug in a music player into a device and get the pleasurable signals delivered by its headphones.

Unique to any other product on the market, NERVANA lets you physically feel the music. Yes, you heard right….FEEL.MUSIC. I’m not talking about a solid bass drop, NERVANA stimulates nerves to magnify the pleasurable qualities of music. This new way to listen to your favorite song/playlist evokes sensations that stimulate your body to produce dopamine, the feel good chemical. Users simply plug in a music source, put in the NERVANA ear buds, and feel the gentle electrical signal dance to their favorite tunes. The settings can be easily customized with simple buttons and a sensitivity dial.

Which is pretty spot on. I tried on the headset, without any discomfort adjusting the headset’s power to 15. Something most certainly was happening. Right before I got up to give an interview on the experience, I began to feel a euphoria poor over me. Immediately I visualized the possibilities and shared them with the team. Treating depression, drug addictions, anxiety were just a few applications that I saw may have great potential.

“That’s where we’re going”

“NERVANA helps people enjoy themselves and break away from the stressors of daily life,” said Dr. Daniel J. Cartledge, co-founder and co-creator of NERVANA. “Everyone needs a change of pace, and we provide a natural way to transform the way people feel and experience the world.”

For the price tag of only $299, this is an incredible piece of technology. I’m sure we’ll see a lot more coming from NERVANA in the next few months.

To find out more about the science behind NERVANA visit http://experiencenervana.com/ for more information.