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This morning (September 1, 2000, at 12:54 GMT), the interplanetary traveler known as 2000 QW7 skimmed by the Earth at an alarmingly close range (by space terms). Passing at a distance of twelve times the average span between the Moon and Earth, this object of roughly a half kilometer just missed a collision with us. Why is this big news? Because scientists did not even locate this potentially hazardous object (PHO) until a week ago, August 26. Our response time, should anything have needed to be done (like in a Hollywood disaster movie) would have been critically and dramatically short.

Today the Sun (representing the awareness of shedding light) in detail-oriented Virgo squared Jupiter (ruling long-distance travel, like something from distant space) in good news/bad news dual message Gemini. The good news is that the PHO missed us. The bad news is that we almost missed it. The Sun also approaches a square to Pluto (who is the patron saint of intruders) in Sagittarius (the sign of the vast depths of space). Well, at least we don’t need to think about 2000 QW7 again for about two and three quarters years. But what if there are more coming?

Scientists complain about lack of budget (a Pluto issue) for essential space exploration (Sagittarius and Jupiter). Even if there was enough money, would we obliterate the intruder? (Obliteration, especially nuclear, and intruders are both linked to Pluto.) With the philosophical pressure to look at all angles (Jupiter in Gemini), and the impending opposition to Pluto in Jupiter’s sign, perhaps these considerations must evolve into a defined and viable doctrine. It’s certainly food for thought while gazing at streaking meteors in the night sky.

Technical Stuff

2000 QW7 appeared in our telescopes at 20 Aquarius 11 minutes on August 26. At the time, Mars in Leo opposed Uranus in Aquarius at this approximate degree. Mars and Pluto, co-rulers of Scorpio, do maintain the unwanted visitor vibe. Add Uranus, and the unexpected become the norm. Meanwhile, this PHO reached the point in its orbit that is closest to the Sun (perihelion)—19 Aquarius 13—a tight alignment to the Mars-Uranus opposition and a critical orbital point.

The North Node of such an object shows the purpose of the object. This body’s Node was 8 Virgo 49. While it came closest to Earth, the Sun passed this degree of Virgo. The implication is that we need to implement the best Virgo has to offer—organize a comprehensive ongoing search program with better reporting, assigned sectors and clearer priorities.

The Earth, incidentally, is (astrologically) opposed the Sun. Today, the Earth bobs in space in Pisces, which rules movies. To avoid putting the Earth in a bad movie plot, perhaps we should be taking Virgo notes and writing our politicians for expanded space search budgets (Pluto in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Gemini again). In the meantime, heads up!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Philip Sedgwick began his study of astrology in 1969. He is the author of Astrology of Deep Space, Astrology of Transcendence, The Sun at the Center: A Primer of Heliocentric Astrology, The Galactic Ephemeris (a compilation of over 8,300 points in deep space).

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