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Astrologer Susan Miller Has Good News & Bad News For William & Kate

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Now that Prince William and Kate Middleton are officially engaged, noted astrologer Susan Miller has weighed in on the royal romance via Twitter. Good news! And, um, bad news.

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The good news is that Kate's a Capricorn and William is a Cancer and this is a "good mix."

Additionally, William and Kate both have Mars (the planet of war/arguments) in Libra, which sounds nice and balanced!

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And now the bad news: Susan Miller is worried about when the engagement was announced. Apparently Venus — the planet of love — was in retrograde at the time. According to a Google search, when Venus is in retrograde, "even the most casual interactions tend to become fraught with seriousness." Sounds about right.

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But let's end on a happy note, shall we? Here's some nice news for Kate (and other Capricorns):

Your very best weekend for romance will be over November 20-21, when the full moon will arrive in fellow earth sign Taurus in your house of true love. A tender episode will come up then, and surprises abound. This is my favorite full moon of the year, and for you it could prove downright life changing. You may hear a confession of love, or if you are single, meet someone new that you find unforgettable. Follow your heart! This full moon will be worthy of four stars!

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And for William (and other Cancers):

You've been through a long year, with relationship ups and downs, heavy responsibilities at home, and for some, tumultuous changes in your career. Considering all you've been through, November will be a glorious gift, allowing you to regroup, relax, and let go. Congratulate yourself on all you've accomplished in 2010, often against all odds. You not only survived but flourished, dear Cancer, and you will be all the stronger for all you have experienced.

This month will bring back the love in your life and allow you to feel adored and pampered. Having such a strong show of love from friends and possibly a new romantic partner, too, will strengthen your confidence and make you feel like a million dollars. In November you will get the breather you need to be able to think and to plan your next steps. In 2011, big career opportunities are due and you will love what the universe has in store. For now, have fun!

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Now we just need to find out upon which spring day in 2011 is it best to get married…

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DISCUSSION

Mmm, astrology. It imagines that there is a force that acts over distance. Let us consider another force that acts over distance: gravity.

We can calculate the gravitational acceleration from some body on ourselves using the formula:

g = GM/R^2

where G = 6.67e-11 N m^2/kg

M is the mass of the object, and

R is the distance to us.

For example, for Earth, this is:

6.67e-11*5.97e24/(6.37e6^2) = 9.8 m/s^2.

Consider the pull of the moon on us:

M = 7.35e22 kg and R = 3.84e5 km which gives 3.3e-5 m/s^2. This is a teeny tiny acceleration.

When Mars is at its closest, it is about R = 5.7e8 km away, with a mass of 6.4e23 kg. This gives an acceleration of 1.13e-10 m/s^2, even smaller than the moon. This is about the same as a housefly (M = 12e-6 kg) at a distance of 1 mm away. A housefly buzzing your head has the same influence as Mars at its closest.

What about Jupiter? At its closest, it is about 6.28e8 km away, with a mass of 1.9e27 kg. This gives an acceleration of 3.21e-7 m/s^2 on us. This is the same as a 0.5 kg mass about 1 cm away.

The only thing that kind of pulls on us is the sun, which is an average of 1.5e8 km away and has a mass of 2e30 kg. We accelerate towards the sun at a rate of about 0.06 m/s^2.

And that's the closest star to us. Imagine the minuscule forces of all the stars out there. Your cellphone exerts more force on you.