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February 15, 2013 will be a close flyby of an asteroid named 2012 DA14. This is a smaller asteroid (although its impact would be quite large if it hit the earth), about 50 meters in size--to small to see without a telescope. There is an interesting video that shows its near-earth pass from the perspective of the asteroid on the website Universe Today.

If you don't have a telescope, you will still be able to see a near-earth visitor when comet PANSTARRS gets closer in March. For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, you should have the best views from now to the end of February. The Southern Hemisphere is also where the comet Lemmon can barely be seen as a greenish glow right now.

Comet ISON will become visible as early as October, could be as bright as the full moon. NASA has caught it's first pictures at 493 million miles away. Read More

Julia Purdy, former Kepler College MA student, and Mark Richardson recently released their first astrological applications for mobile devices. This article is about the challenges they faced.

How to create an astrology application for mobile devices in three easy steps:

  1. Have an idea that you like a lot
  2. Write up a concept description 25 words or less
  3. Call up your friend who is genius application developer, but doesn’t know astrology exists beyond his sun sign and say, “I have an idea; do you want to build a phone app?”

The trick to getting a commitment from your developer in step three requires that he be totally oblivious to the complexities of astrology and the scope of effort required to build this idea of yours, until things have progressed to a point that there is no turning back.

Kepler graduate Chris Brennan prepared an overview article that gives a roundup of predictions made by astrologers about the outcome of the 2012 presidential election in the United States. The article doesn't just focus on the predicted outcome, but includes the techniques used. "The purpose of this exercise is so that we can go back after the election and have a discussion within the astrological community about which techniques worked, and which ones didn’t." Read the article.

The Astrology News Service oversaw an interview series by the award winning reporter Art Harris in New Orleans, during the United Astrology Conference 2012. Severl Kepler instructors ere included. Georgia Stathis gave an interview on the financial markets. Lee Lehman and Enid Newberg talked about astrological education. And, Bruce Scofiled did a masterful job explaining facts about the Mayan Calendar scare of 2012.