Talk About Syzygy

PC: Ryan Hutton via

PC: Ryan Hutton via

Life is funny. Just the other day, I was talking about the word “syzygy.” My opinion on it– a pretty much useless word that I’d probably never use other than writing an article on it. A week passes and the perfect usage scenario presents itself. Syzygy strikes back, huh?

Enough of that. Now to the news that brought syzygy to mind. It’s a rare phenomenon of  planetary alignment. Starting tomorrow, and lasting for about a month, the five brightest planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) visible (without optical aid) from Earth will show up together in our morning skies. Four of them are already visible now, but tomorrow, Mercury will also join the fray.

February 7th will be the best day to view all of the planets, particularly Mercury. The best time for viewing is a couple of hours before sunrise. Such alignment last happened a decade ago but the next one will happen again soon, in August.

I don’t know if I’ll brave the current temperatures to catch a glimpse of this. Probably better to wait until August when the weather is nicer?

How about you? Any planet-gazing plans?

S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.

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