Go outside on March 12 and 13!!

Those who know me, know that I’m a geek for astronomy! Rather than the occasional eye-rolling I’d receive when I tried to point out something cool like this to friends (and strangers), I’m hoping that by hearing/reading it from someone else it will cause you to pause and say” Wow…cool! I’m gonna go check that out!” Give it a try! You just might like it…

Dr. Erika Grundstrom

Right when we come back from Spring Break, we will be able to see a planetary conjunction!  You will be able to see Jupiter and Venus be within three degrees of each other and that’s an especially close separation and will be especially brilliant due to the biology of your eyeball – they will be so close that the “hi-def” part of your eye (the fovea) will be activated.  Here is a NASA article about it: Cold and Spellbinding: An Alignment of Planets in the Sunset Sky

Note that this conjunction is just the kind of thing that early astronomers were trying to predict using the Geocentric (Ptolemaic) model of the Solar System (with all of the epicycles and such).  To be honest, the geocentric model worked pretty well at the beginning, but errors combined over the centuries.  This conjunction is also the kind of thing that astronomers used…

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