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Old November 22nd, 2012, 04:37 AM   #11

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I can see Uranus.

But seriously, because I live in a city, most of the time, no stars are visible. I don't think I've seen a proper night sky since I was a kid and we went camping in the desert.
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 04:51 AM   #12

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To see the night sky clearly, I have to travel at least 50km away from my house

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I can see Uranus.

But seriously, because I live in a city, most of the time, no stars are visible. I don't think I've seen a proper night sky since I was a kid and we went camping in the desert.
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 05:17 AM   #14

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Its been a very clear night and there seems to be a lot of planets that are visible to the naked eye. Its like the planets are aligning up in the sky I have this link, If someone can provide more information about the alignment or other links feel free.
Sky Map for November 2012 - Astronomy News UK, Night Sky, Celestial Events, Images, Books and Star Naming Service
I know next to nothing about astronomy Crystal and my question would be is this alignment of the planets a natural phenomena or does it have some sort of deeper significance?

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I know next to nothing about astronomy Crystal and my question would be is this alignment of the planets a natural phenomena or does it have some sort of deeper significance?
Well, any configuration of the planets must, by definition be a natural phenomenon, which some people may see as having a significance.

For example, the Voyager 2 probe took advantage of a particular alignment of the outer planets (that would not re-occur for 175 years) to embark on what was called the "Grand Tour", enabling it to get a gravity assist from Jupiter and visit all four of the outer planets - we have yet to send any other probes to Uranus and Neptune.
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Well, any configuration of the planets must, by definition be a natural phenomenon, which some people may see as having a significance.

For example, the Voyager 2 probe took advantage of a particular alignment of the outer planets (that would not re-occur for 175 years) to embark on what was called the "Grand Tour", enabling it to get a gravity assist from Jupiter and visit all four of the outer planets - we have yet to send any other probes to Uranus and Neptune.
Thanks for that Nao and I do see why this alignment could have scientific implications. What I meant by deeper significance is does this phenomena have any connection to the Mayan calender or any other historical prophecies and are people who believe in this sort of thing reading anything into this astronomical event?
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Thanks for that Nao and I do see why this alignment could have scientific implications. What I meant by deeper significance is does this phenomena have any connection to the Mayan calender or any other historical prophecies and are people who believe in this sort of thing reading anything into this astronomical event?
I'd be surprised if it did. Even if Mayan mathematics was advanced enough to calculate the relative position of the planets (Greek mathematics may have been, as demonstrated by the Antikythera mechanism), the Mayans wouldn't have known about the planets beyond Saturn, which aren't visible to the naked eye.
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Venus and Jupiter are exceptionally bright right now in Northern California, but I am having a hell of a time finding Mars with the naked eye lately.
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Its been a very clear night and there seems to be a lot of planets that are visible to the naked eye. Its like the planets are aligning up in the sky I have this link, If someone can provide more information about the alignment or other links feel free.
Sky Map for November 2012 - Astronomy News UK, Night Sky, Celestial Events, Images, Books and Star Naming Service
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Nothing terribly special about Planetary positions on 21 December.
Although Astrologers may make something of angles and tell you that it is the right time to make sure that your Chistmas Shopping is finished and not to drive if you are Piss-kays.
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Venus and Jupiter are exceptionally bright right now in Northern California, but I am having a hell of a time finding Mars with the naked eye lately.
Mars is nearer in position to the Sun and is visible just after sunset in the south western horizon.
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