I know that someday doomsday will arrive, but I also believe that it will come “as a thief in the night”. It will probably come when least expected. But, there are people who are sure they know when this day will be upon us. These people use signs of the times, celestial signs, or what the voices in their heads are telling them. I for one believe it is getting close. Heck, that is a safe assumption, since every day that goes by brings it closer and closer, right?
One of the things that bring the predictors of eminent demise out of the shadows and into the news is alignment of celestial bodies. No, I don’t mean the chorus line in Los Vegas; I mean the alignment of planets. Am I missing something? I haven’t heard any thing about the end is here on the news or anywhere. There is something happening the first three weeks of this month that should have them yelling at the top of their lungs.
Since poor old Pluto was demoted form planet status, we are now left with eight planets. Subtract earth and we have seven planets sharing our Sun. In the news letter that Astronomy magazine sent to me by email, it said that six of these seven planets could be seen close to each other just before dawn the first three weeks of this month and that on the eleventh they were the closest together. (Of course only four could be seen without optical aid.)
Now, with all this going on I have not heard any frantic statements of the end. Maybe they were not lined up in just the right way? Or is it that planet alignments have been proven to do no harm in the past? And why should they? A bird flying overhead would have more of a gravitational affect on the earth than any alignment of the planets. The only bad thing is that you had to get up before the sun to see them. I can’t see anywhere near the horizon to the east because of all the tall trees so I just stayed in bed.
Well, tomorrow is the last day of the first three weeks and since the gathering of the planets was the tightest on the 11th, it is probably too late to get the best view. Well, I guess if doomsday isn’t coming today (but it might), I will go get a cup of coffee and maybe something to munch on.
You all have a good doomsday now, you hear?