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ToSeek
2002-Apr-19, 07:10 PM
according to astrologers (http://abcnews.go.com/wire/SciTech/reuters20020419_107.html)

So we can expect peace in the Middle East any time now....

Nenya
2002-May-04, 03:14 AM
I just got this in an email...how much of it is correct??
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Awesome once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!!

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Press Release

Release No.: 02-10
For Release: April 3, 2002
Back to Planetary Alignment2002 Website


Caution--Planetary Traffic Jam Ahead!
Cambridge, MA - Comet Hale-Bopp dazzled us for weeks. The Perseid meteor shower thrilled us for one night. But the world hasn't seen anything like the planetary traffic jam that's going to occur the last week of April and the first two weeks in May!

Inching across the sky like bumper-to-bumper commuters on their way to work, a rare planetary alignmentwill allow sky observers to see every planetin our solar system in a single evening! "There will be other opportunities in the future to see the planets in different configurations," says Philip Sadler, Director of the Science Education Department at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, MA, " but it won't be anything like this for at least another 70 years. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Even more amazing, two very special events will occur during this planetary line-up. On May 10, the planets Mars and Venus will appear to pass so close to one another that, to the naked eye, the Roman God of War and the Roman Goddess of Love will become one.

Earlier, on May 5, something even more spectacular will happen. The bright planets Mars, Saturn and Venus will group together to form a perfect equilateral triangle in the western sky. This dazzling configuration will be visible almost everywhere on Earth. In the Middle East, this pyramid-shaped specter will hang directly above Bethlehem.

Oddly enough, more than 2,000 years ago, this same grouping of planets may have caught the attention of the Biblical Magi. On April 1, 2 B.C., the planets Mars, Saturn and Venus came together to form a perfect equilateral triangle over the city of Bethlehem. Now, in the 21st Century, amid the turmoil taking place in the Middle East, the ancient Roman gods of Love, War and Agriculture/Wisdom, are coming together to look down upon this war-ravaged landscape once again.

In the past, many different configurations of planetary alignments have been seen from Earth. They occur due to the random positions of the planets in their eccentric orbits around the Sun. In the early 1980s and in May of 2000, the planets stacked up directly behind the Sun. Many people thought the combined gravitational pull might create havoc here on Earth resulting in giant earthquakes, sweeping tidal waves or erupting volcanoes. But, the collective gravitational pull was so insignificant, nothing happened. What was the reason? The other planets are simply too small or too far away in space to affect us back on Earth. To see just how insignificant the gravitational pull of the planets can be, let's do what many good, red-blooded Americans like to do. Let's go shopping!

Imagine if we stood in the produce section of a grocery store and held up a big yellow grapefruit representing the Sun. The planetMercury would be the size of a small grain of salt orbiting around it 18 feet away. Venus would be somewhat larger, like a grain of sugar you get in those little brown packets at the coffee shops, 34 feet away. Earth, also a grain of sugar, would be located 50 feet away. Mars also would be the size of a grain of salt 75 feet away. As for the rest of the planets: Jupiter, a cherry-sized tomato, would be found at 240 feet; Saturn, the size of a green grape, at 420 feet; Uranus, a frozen green pea, at 300 yards; Neptune, also the size of a frozen pea, at 470 yards; and Pluto, represented by a speck of dust, would orbit our grapefruit-sized Sun at a distance of 475- 600 yards. As you've probably guessed, not much gravitational pull is exerted on the Earth by these grocery store lightweights!

In late April and early May, when the planets line up, they will not be arranged behind one another or the Sun. Instead, they will present a beautiful line across the sky from horizon to near zenith. For a period of a little more than three weeks, anyone looking west at sunset will be able to see the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. A few hours later at 4 A.M., armed with a large-size amateur telescope, they can continue their grand tour by observing Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, a few wandering asteroids and maybe even Comet Ikeya-Zhang in the east. Finally, by quickly glancing down at the ground, they will have completed their grand tour of the solar system. "Seeing nine worlds in just one night is something few astronomers can say they've accomplished," waxes Sadler. " I can't wait to do it myself!"

Looking at the planets spread out across the sky during this alignmentalso demonstrates, better than any book, how our solar system formed 4 billion years ago; something astronomers just recently have begun seeing around other distant stars in space. "Our solar system condensed out of a nebular dust cloud that flattened down into a giant disk that resembled a big pizza pan," says CfA astrophysicist David Wilner. "Utilizing instruments like the Hubble Space Telescope and data from the Infrared Astronomical Satellite, we are now witnessing the formation of new solar systems spread out into flattened discs of gas and dust. We are even detecting large lumps of material in the dust disks that may be the signatures of planets in formation. Astronomers are now assembling snapshots of our own past frozen in time billions of years ago."

This pathway of planets, or the ecliptic as astronomers call it, is what remains after our dust cloud coalesced into planets. Tracing the path of this ancient dust ring across the sky is easy. Stand sideways facing south with your right hand extended and pointing to where the Sun recently set along the western horizon. Now, extend your arm up to point at the Moon or a bright planetoverhead. Connecting these two points together, continue to sweep your arm in an arc until it reaches the opposite horizon. Bingo! You have just traced out the ecliptic. All the planets will be found along this line and nowhere else. And this is where the traffic jam will occur.

"Coincidentally," says Sadler," have you ever wondered why the twelve signs of the zodiac were chosen? Why someone you know wasn't born under the sign of Hercules or Orion?"

To the Greeks and Romans, the ecliptic was the Highway of the Gods or the path the planets and Moon moved across at night and the Sun traveled during the daytime. "Located directly behind this highway were the twelve special constellations the Gods passed by as they moved across the sky. They constituted the signs of the zodiac. This was the basis for astrology - religious beliefs and basic sky observations mixed together. It should not be confused with the science of astronomy that emerged centuries later," says Sadler. Today, it is widely held by many historians and planetarium directors that a conjunction of the planets, similar to the one on May 5, accounts for the Star of Bethlehem that sent the Magi on their way to seek the Christ child. Certainly the timing was right. An almost identical triangular alignmentof Saturn, Mars and Venus did take place on April 1, 2 B.C. And the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars also formed a triangular conjunction in 6 B.C., in the constellation Pisces, the sign of the Christians. However, renowned astronomical historian Prof. Owen Gingerich of the CfA disagrees. "The very, very short duration of a grouping of planets was not the Star of Bethlehem," he states. "A conjugation like this would have meant nothing to the Magi. It was not part of their astrological tradition. It really wasn't until Kepler became fascinated with the harmony of the planets in the 16th century that the idea of a planetary conjunction came about to try to attach a scientific explanation to this event. In fact, Kepler even went so far as to add an imaginary supernova to the conjunction of planets in 6 B.C. to try to make it even more spectacular to catch the Magi's attention. "

Will this event be religiously significant or just an astronomical oddity? Is it the most dramatic way to visualize how our solar system formed? Or, is it an exciting challenge for amateur astronomers to conduct their only whirlwind tour of the solar system in just one evening? Answering yes to any or all of the above makes the alignmentof late April and early May something not to be missed. Nothing like it will occur again in our lifetime. At the very least, it presents a wonderful opportunity for friends and family to come together and share an experience beyond the daily routine. It also may be an opportunity to ponder our fragile existence on this tiny blue world racing around an ordinary yellow star with eight other planetary companions and maybe help us, just a little bit, bring our own world back into perspective.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) is a joint collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory. CfA scientists organized into seven research divisions study the origin, evolution, and ultimate fate of the universe.

Jim
2002-May-04, 04:05 PM
... On May 10, the planets Mars and Venus will appear to pass so close to one another that, to the naked eye, the Roman God of War and the Roman Goddess of Love will become one.

Well, my source says about 1/3 degree of separation. How good are your eyes?

Earlier, on May 5, something even more spectacular will happen. The bright planets Mars, Saturn and Venus will group together to form a perfect equilateral triangle in the western sky. ...

My source says "nearly" equilateral.

Oddly enough, more than 2,000 years ago, this same grouping of planets may have caught the attention of the Biblical Magi. On April 1, 2 B.C., the planets Mars, Saturn and Venus came together to form a perfect equilateral triangle over the city of Bethlehem.

I can't find any independent confirmation of this. There was a close conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Mars in 6 BCE. And a triple (three times) conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, including one that included Mars, in 7 BCE; these latter are usually considered the "Star of Bethlehem" as Jupiter is the ruler of kings and Saturn is the ruler of the Jews, and the conjunctions occured in Pisces, the royal constellation. However, the Babylonian astronomers/astrologers took no special notice of the three planet alignment.

My source: StarDate Online (http://www.stardate.org/)

2002-May-05, 02:56 PM
On 2002-04-19 15:10, ToSeek wrote: To: I.1
according to astrologers (http://abcnews.go.com/wire/SciTech/reuters20020419_107.html)

So we can expect peace in the Middle East any time now....

YOU can "expect" More {Much more}
Made for prime time "EVENING" ?news?
Produce & Directed form Them There at the Time
its a Space/time commercial {ei well funded}

2002-May-05, 02:57 PM
On 2002-04-19 15:10, ToSeek wrote: To: I.1
according to astrologers (http://abcnews.go.com/wire/SciTech/reuters20020419_107.html)

So we can expect peace in the Middle East any time now....

YOU can "expect" More {Much more}
Made for prime time "EVENING" ?news?
Produce & Directed form Them There at the Time
its a Space/time commercial {ei well funded}

2002-May-05, 03:04 PM
<a name="20020505.5"> page 20020505.5 aka Time to look in space
On 2002-05-05 10:57, HUb' wrote: To: HUb'
its Cinco de Mayo
and thats the correct TIME to view space
If you can?
although the date comes to you in the Spanish
language
beear in mind
that it mayconvay a message from the Mayan
perhaps even have Astronomical intonations
if you believe in such stuff
but look anyway and see what TIME you think it was
2-5-05 7:02 A.M. PST or Alaskan Daylight?

2002-May-07, 11:01 AM
<a name="20020507.2:50"> page 20020507.2:50 aka Local Boo
On 2002-05-05 11:04, HUb' wrote: To: HUb' 2:50 A.M.
The Local Mayor (just having many more Made for Prime Time Nightly}
[Yes u Guess it] has just announced "OverTime" Money
Butt never mind back to D'bait`N
I know the Earths Magnetic Field's collapsing
although i've no idea just how fast
nor exactly when it began ..I.. say `58
`cause I think someone left out a "rotation"
finger in the ASR-7 calculations among others.. see
http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?topic=1243&forum=1&4#20020506.10:02
anyway my Question "reaches the Moon" & its this
IF the rotating Earths Magnetic Field reaches
the Apollo 11 Magnet field detecor array sensors
would the REAL TIME return to Earth data
record any of the parameters ? WHATSOEVER ? or did I miss something?

The Curtmudgeon
2002-May-07, 10:02 PM
Calm isn't all that's heralded by the planetary alignment: A fisheye view of astronomy (http://cgi.dnai.com/~fillmore/cgi-bin/sviewer.pl). (Note: If you check the site after Tuesday, 7 May, use the calendar pull-down to check Tuesday's strip.)

The (sounds fishy to me) Curtmudgeon

2002-May-12, 11:10 AM
May 12, 2002 3:07 A.M. push to page 1 Near S Spot #

Calm isn't all that's heralded by the planetary alignment: A fisheye view of astronomy (http://cgi.dnai.com/~fillmore/cgi-bin/sviewer.pl). (Note: If you check the site after Tuesday, 7 May, use the calendar pull-down to check Tuesday's strip.)

The (sounds fishy to me) Curtmudgeon
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