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Old 27th June 2022, 04:20 PM   #1
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Potentially Startling Astronomy News

Just noticed this

5 Planets Align in the Sky in Rare Formation

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/...n/6630713.html

Nothing too unusual.

But the best part:
Quote:
Astronomers say the formation is expected to remain in the sky through the rest of June.
My worry is if that speculation proves to be false!
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Old 27th June 2022, 05:15 PM   #2
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Yes, but will the Moon be in the 7th house?
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Old 27th June 2022, 05:30 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Skeptical Greg View Post
Yes, but will the Moon be in the 7th house?
This is the dawning!!

ETA:
Oh, wait. before dawn. Just after the northern summer Solstice. I am NOT getting up that early. And the planets shown in the graphic are include the moon, which is not a planet!

ETAA: Oh, I'll probably have to get up to pee about then. Perhaps I'll look. If I remember. Which I won't.
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Old 27th June 2022, 05:33 PM   #4
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But if we let the sunshine in we won't be able to see the planets!
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Old 27th June 2022, 06:03 PM   #5
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We grabbed him by his shirt
'N axed him, hey, how come?
He et his Xmas pie, including his right thumb.

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Old 27th June 2022, 06:08 PM   #6
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When I lived in Bellingham, a bit further north than here, I could see the planets often from my back porch. You could really see that they were aligned in an elliptical plane.
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Old 28th June 2022, 04:26 AM   #7
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You all may joke but I've dusted off my copy Immanuel Velikovsky's Worlds in Collision to try and figure out what happens next. You won't be laughing as much when Venus leaves her orbit and crashes into the Moon!
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Old 28th June 2022, 04:50 AM   #8
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Wait wait wait... stars aligning on a solstice? By the Great Old One! We've been wrong about which solstice all this time. If anyone needs me, I'll be outside drunk screaming "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!"
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Old 28th June 2022, 05:22 AM   #9
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I do know one thing.
I know that if I get to my parents house where my telescope is located due to the fact that they have a good field of vision and low light pollution (by dutch standards) it will be cloudy.
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Old 28th June 2022, 07:44 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by Gord_in_Toronto View Post
You all may joke but I've dusted off my copy Immanuel Velikovsky's Worlds in Collision to try and figure out what happens next. You won't be laughing as much when Venus leaves her orbit and crashes into the Moon!
I read that book when I was some age younger than 15 after finding it in one of the stacks of paperbacks my dad had. I didn't know at the time it was a discounted theory.
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Old 28th June 2022, 08:24 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger View Post
I read that book when I was some age younger than 15 after finding it in one of the stacks of paperbacks my dad had. I didn't know at the time it was a discounted theory.
To be absolutely fair (ha ha) I've never actually read WiC but I've certainly read a deconstruction or two (Martin Gardner et al) and I met Velikovsky in person when he spoke to a meeting of computer professionals in Toronto (the person arranging the speakers had a very idiosyncratic taste and speakers included Arthur C Clarke and Herman Khan). I may have been the only person there who knew who he was.
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Originally Posted by Gord_in_Toronto View Post
To be absolutely fair (ha ha) I've never actually read WiC but I've certainly read a deconstruction or two (Martin Gardner et al) and I met Velikovsky in person when he spoke to a meeting of computer professionals in Toronto (the person arranging the speakers had a very idiosyncratic taste and speakers included Arthur C Clarke and Herman Khan). I may have been the only person there who knew who he was.
Did he present his planetary theory, or was he talking about other stuff?
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Old 28th June 2022, 10:04 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Gord_in_Toronto View Post
Just noticed this

5 Planets Align in the Sky in Rare Formation

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/...n/6630713.html

Nothing too unusual.

But the best part:


My worry is if that speculation proves to be false!
Well sure, if the formation falls out of the sky, LOOK OUT!!!!
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Sounds like the only time I might actually manage to make a Soufflé
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Old 28th June 2022, 07:27 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Ziggurat View Post
Did he present his planetary theory, or was he talking about other stuff?
It's been a long time (Velikovsky died in 1979) but my memory is it was about his crashing planets and how he was ill-done by the Establishment.

I do remember that Clarke told us of his three most admired authors and I was the only person present who knew who Olaf Stapleton was. And now I can't remember the other two.
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Old 1st July 2022, 06:35 AM   #17
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*checks calendar*
Sooo... how long do you figure it takes R'lyeh to rise? It's been a few days already, and my throat is getting sore from all the chanting.
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*checks calendar*
Sooo... how long do you figure it takes R'lyeh to rise? It's been a few days already, and my throat is getting sore from all the chanting.
National holiday today in Canada so probably tomorrow.
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