A Rare Dance of Planets – The Planetary Gathering Peaks

In case you didn’t know already, I just thought I’d let you know that a line up of the planets and the moon are now in progress (May 12th).  In fact, it is a once in a life time experience!  A lot of folk believe this is going to be a very powerful time indeed, especially for magick!!  It is also possible to view this time as maybe affecting other people in strange ways and might be somewhat of a violent time around the world, (but then again – when isn’t it?)  It might also cause tension or depression, or other negative traits.  Others may dream intensely.  We’ll have to wait and see?  Whatever… for sure though; it is a very auspicious and powerful time in this part of the universe and journeys into the magickal world could have extremely powerful forces at play.  Be careful  in your otherworld venturing and questing….

A little info for you..

A Rare Dance of Planets – The Planetary Gathering Peaks

If you haven’t yet seen the great planetary gathering that’s unfolding in the west at dusk, the first half of May brings your best opportunity. All five bright, naked-eye planets — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn — are well placed for viewing in the western twilight sky about an hour after sunset. There is no single date of a “great planetary alignment,” though all five of them (plus the Moon) will be clustered within 33° of sky on the evening of May 14th.

Close gatherings of the five naked-eye planets are relatively rare. Every 20 years, we get a period a few years long within which these worlds can all gather in more or less the same part of the sky as seen from Earth’s perspective. The last widely visible five-planet bunching was in February 1940. (A tight grouping occurred in May 2000 but was hidden in the Sun’s glare.) And another good one won’t take place until September 2040. So for many of us, this spring’s display represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

May 8–12: All five naked-eye planets continue shining in the west at dusk. Start by spotting bright Jupiter high up; you can’t miss it. Down to its lower right, you’ll find even brighter Venus.

Very close to Venus is much dimmer, orange Mars, only 1/160 as bright. On May 10th Venus and Mars appear closest together, just 1/3° apart, much less than a finger’s-width at arm’s length.

Look below Venus for Saturn. Farther to Venus’s lower right, near the horizon, is Mercury. Binoculars give a great view of the whole show!

May 13: Go out about 40 minutes after sunset and spot bright Venus moderately low in the west-northwest. Scan below it near the horizon for the hairline crescent Moon. Binoculars will help. See if you can spot Mercury a little to the Moon’s right, and Saturn to the Moon’s upper left.

Just below Venus, look for faint orange Mars, only 1/160 as bright. Jupiter shines much higher to Venus’s upper left.

May 14: There’s a beautiful sight in the west after sunset tonight! The crescent Moon is closely paired with brilliant Venus, the Evening Star. Just below Venus, look for faint orange Mars; binoculars will help. Farther below is Saturn, and to the lower right of Saturn is Mercury (near the horizon). Well off to the upper left of this whole grouping shines bright Jupiter.

May 15: Look west in twilight for the crescent Moon. To its upper left is bright Jupiter, and farther to its lower right is brighter Venus. Just below Venus is faint little Mars (binoculars help!). Farther down is Saturn.

May 16: The crescent Moon shines in the west this evening, with Jupiter to its lower right. Much farther to their lower right is brilliant Venus with faint little Mars glimmering close by.

May 17–24: The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, are shining in the western sky after dusk and drawing closer together day by day. See if you can spot faint little Mars to Venus’s lower right.

For a scientific review of the actual line-up, can be found on a web site I looked up especially to show what is happening at:

http://skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/planets/article_572_1.asp