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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) URL: http://www.spacedaily.com/news/skynightly-02a.html Original Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2002
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      Original Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2002 19:10:47 +0200 (CEST)

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      Planetary Traffic Jam Overhead

      Cambridge - Apr 04, 2002
      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

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