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Rare planetary alignment on Friday 13th

By T.K. Randall
May 12, 2011 · Comment icon 32 comments



Image Credit: NASA
In a spectacular event Venus, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter will all line up in the sky this Friday.
"Every couple of years you get two or three planets that come close together, but to have four is particularly rare," says Geoffrey Wyatt of Sydney Observatory. In modern times the alignment has occured only once every 50 to 100 years.
Venus, in the middle of the group, will be the brightest. Just above and to the left will be Jupiter, while Mercury will be to the right of Jupiter and slightly fainter. Early risers have already noticed Jupiter and Venus in the eastern sky before sunrise, Mr Wyatt said.


Source: Herald Sun | Comments (32)


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Comment icon #23 Posted by libstaK 12 years ago
Did you noticed it's also Friday the 13th??? Is that going to be a wobbly alignment because of bad luck? :innocent: LOL Oh yes, I did notice, I guess if the alignment "wobbled" it would be "bad luck" for anything that got jiggled by the wobbling LOL, but is it fair to blame our "gregorian" calendar for this? Besides who says wobbling is bad, for instance I love Jelly
Comment icon #24 Posted by Paracelse 12 years ago
LOL Oh yes, I did notice, I guess if the alignment "wobbled" it would be "bad luck" for anything that got jiggled by the wobbling LOL, but is it fair to blame our "gregorian" calendar for this? Besides who says wobbling is bad, for instance I love Jelly Jelly???? eurk.. was forced to eat that stuff in a hospital in the states.. OK it's my half French side who prefer a good chocolate mousse (mousse au chocolat if you prefer)...
Comment icon #25 Posted by libstaK 12 years ago
Jelly???? eurk.. was forced to eat that stuff in a hospital in the states.. OK it's my half French side who prefer a good chocolate mousse (mousse au chocolat if you prefer)... well ... anything ending in "au chocolat" is going to top jelly
Comment icon #26 Posted by disaster 12 years ago
.....Any minute now
Comment icon #27 Posted by Paracelse 12 years ago
well ... anything ending in "au chocolat" is going to top jelly Even Jelly au chocolat?
Comment icon #28 Posted by ShadowSot 12 years ago
Well, it rained all day here so I couldn't see anything.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Rlyeh 12 years ago
i think i remember what next years alingment is going to be. it is going to be when the earth and sun line up with the center of the galaxy and crossing the galactic equater. you know on dec. 21. Doesn't that happen every year?
Comment icon #30 Posted by ShadowSot 12 years ago
Doesn't that happen every year? Pretty much. Obviously we are destroyed at the end of each year and renewed at the beginning.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Cherus 12 years ago
i flew from the US to europe on Friday the 13th and my first flight was at 9:11 ....my mom was freaking ahahha
Comment icon #32 Posted by SilverCougar 12 years ago
Oh look.... it's May 16th and the alignment is over, and nothing bad happened... Oy gavult people need to stop looking for the end of things...


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