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Re: Disasters in the Sky
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0290  Saturday, 12 February 2000.

[1]     From:   Mary Jane Miller <
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        Date:   Thursday, 10 Feb 2000 15:02:57 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0284 Disasters in the Sky

[2]     From:   Peter Berek <
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        Date:   Friday, 11 Feb 2000 22:28:03 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0284 Disasters in the Sky


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From:           Mary Jane Miller <
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Date:           Thursday, 10 Feb 2000 15:02:57 -0500
Subject: 11.0284 Disasters in the Sky
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0284 Disasters in the Sky

Our local (and very good) astronomy columnist said in 'The Toronto Star'
that  ancient astronomer/astrologers would see this conjunction
regularly enough to note that it was nothing special and that there
would be nothing to see this time since it will all take place in (N.AM)
daylight.He then went on to list several other conjunctions upcoming.

Of course this is astronomy not astrology - a distinction my students
still do not make - and irrelevant for the period in question perhaps .
Dickinson regularly debunks the sky is falling or presenting an unusual
spectacle types of media reporting.

Mercury would not have been visible to the naked eye in those days would
it?

Mary Jane

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From:           Peter Berek <
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Date:           Friday, 11 Feb 2000 22:28:03 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 11.0284 Disasters in the Sky
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0284 Disasters in the Sky

My colleague, Tom Dennis, Professor of Astronomy at Mount Holyoke
College, offers the following response to Frank Whigham's query:

"Well, I searched through planetary configurations for 1524 using a
Mathematica ephemeris-calculating program and indeed around the 29th of
Feb the longitudes of all the planets are within about 10 deg of each
other --- among the stars of Aquarius but I expect that astrologically
it would have been Pisces in 1524. (Astrological Aries is now on the
astronomical Pisces-aquarius boundary.) It wouldn't have been easily
visible, however, because the sun is right there too. On the other hand,
the sun's presence in the same "house" would probably have lent even
more astrological significance to the event. I suppose that the
astrologically most significant moment would have been when the moon
passed by.

"According to the same software a similar conjunction of all five
naked-eye planets with the sun will be in May. There is certainly a
visually interesting display right now. Last Sunday we saw the skinniest
crescent I've even seen next to Mercury, along with Mars, Jupiter and
Saturn all in a row.

"If you get wind of any entertaining accounts of the 1524 configuration
please let me know."

Peter Berek
 

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