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  • Polly
    Today... Sunday May 5th... The... The bright planets... Mars, Saturn and Venus will group together... to form a perfect equilateral triangle in the western
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      Today...  Sunday May 5th...

      The... The bright planets...

      Mars, Saturn and Venus

      will group together...

       to form a perfect equilateral triangle in the western sky.

      This dazzling configuration will be visible almost everywhere on Earth. In the Middle East, this

      pyramid-shaped specter will hang directly above Bethlehem. Oddly enough, more than 2,000 years ago,

      this same grouping of planets may have caught the attention of the Biblical Magi.

       

      Comet Hale-Bopp dazzled us for weeks. The Perseid meteor shower thrilled us for one night. But

      the world hasn't seen anything like the planetary traffic jam that's going to occur the last week of April

      and the first two weeks in May! Inching across the sky like bumper-to-bumper commuters on their

      way to work, a rare planetary alignment will allow sky observers to see every planet... in our

      solar system in a single evening!

       

      "There will be other opportunities in the future to see the planets in different configurations," says

      Philip Sadler, Director of the Science Education Department at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for

      Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, MA, " but it won't be anything like this for at least another 70 years.

      This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

       

      Even more amazing, two very special events will occur during this planetary line-up. On May 10,

      the planets Mars and Venus will appear to pass so close to one another that, to the naked eye, the

      Roman God of War and the Roman Goddess of Love will become one.

       

      Earlier, on May 5, something even more spectacular will happen. The bright planets...

      Mars, Saturn and Venus

      will group together to form a perfect equilateral triangle in the western sky.

      This dazzling configuration will be visible almost everywhere on Earth. In the Middle East, this

      pyramid-shaped specter will hang directly above Bethlehem. Oddly enough, more than 2,000 years ago,

      this same grouping of planets may have caught the attention of the Biblical Magi.


      On April 1, 2 B.C., the planets Mars, Saturn and Venus came together to form a perfect

      equilateral triangle over the city of Bethlehem. Now, in the 21st Century, amid the turmoil taking place in

      the Middle East, the ancient Roman gods of Love, War and Agriculture/Wisdom, are coming together to

      look down upon this war-ravaged landscape once again.

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