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Sunday, March 4, 2012

2012 - Is this the beginning of the end?

Did you feel anything last night?  Mars and the Earth were in opposition.  Opposition, that's astronomer talk for when a Solar System body appears on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun.  There is some thought that planetary alignments could cause earthquakes.

I'm just teasing.  That stuff about earthquakes being caused by astronomical events is hokum, woo, BS, not-even-bad-science.


Mars is in opposition every 26 months.  Tomorrow night is Mars closest approach to the Earth for this orbit.  Look for it low in the eastern sky after sunset.  Then turn around and catch Venus and Jupiter in the western sky.  Put Gustav Holst on the CD player and crank it up!

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