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December 22, 2020

Conjunction Submunction

Filed under: Reason,Science — Steve Ruis @ 11:12 am
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There has been quite a stir in the astronomical community regarding a conjunction of the planets Saturn and Jupiter, out two largest planets. Do realize that these planets are “close” to one another in the sky merely in that they are close to a line of sight of someone standing on the planet Earth. They are actually about 450 million miles (730 million kilometers) apart at closest appearance.

So, why is this worth taking note of? Well, it isn’t there isn’t anything we can learn per se from this “event” or rather nonevent.

I suspect the interest is driven from (for astronomy geeks) having witnesses something that only happens every century or so. Blend in members of the astronomy community that want to get as much airtime as possible to establish the standing of their field. But I think the majority of the interest comes from people who still dabble in astrology. “OMG, Jupiter is in the house of Saturn? OMG!” (I know nothing about astrology, so that is clearly made up and if I offend any astrology people with my ignorance, well, you deserve it.)

Are you one of those who set up camera or telescope to get a view or picture of the two planets in the same frame? Or, did you, like me, wait for the flood of images posted on the internet to arrive? With regard to many of them, I could have done a better job using Photoshop, but then it wouldn’t be real, would it. I mean real in the meaning that it has anything to do with, well, anything.

Addendum As you might be able to tell, I am working on achieving my Curmudgeon Badge in the Old Timer Scouts program. It is on my bucket list.

6 Comments »

  1. My pot plants grew three metres last night because of the conjunction.

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    Comment by john zande — December 22, 2020 @ 11:36 am | Reply

    • My mailing address is … (Actually I do not imbibe (I have asthma) but my partner does and if Ican score for her … )

      I once heard a new ager claim she had seen an actual fairy in her garden. I would have taken that as a sign to back off on the drugs she was fond of, but she took it as part of reality … .

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — December 22, 2020 @ 11:43 am | Reply

      • I had fireflies in my front yard a few nights ago. They’re fairies, aren’t they?

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        Comment by john zande — December 22, 2020 @ 11:50 am | Reply

        • Gay or straight, you gotta love them. (“Fairies” is a colloquilism for gay men in the US, don’t know about Oz or Sao Paulo.)

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — December 22, 2020 @ 12:48 pm | Reply

          • They looked gay, quite happy indeed 😉

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            Comment by john zande — December 22, 2020 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

            • Ah, old school I see! :o)

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              Comment by Steve Ruis — December 22, 2020 @ 10:00 pm | Reply


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