We’ve all had our noses to the grindstone to pick our way through this long year … but the next few evenings give us every reason to look up and perk up! Our long-time Haw Creek neighbor and “resident astronomer”, Bernard Arghiere, sent a reminder about a celestial planetary event not seen as closely positioned since 1623.
Starting this evening, December 17, you can watch the “Great Conjunction” of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, joined by a bright crescent moon -but you’ll have to get away from city lights. The Haw Creek Overlook on the Parkway gives you the necessary south-west orientation, and the closest the planets will come to each other is on December 21st, coinciding with the Winter Solstice. Go around sunset time (by 7:15 p.m. the planets will be too near the horizon), bump into some of your neighbors, and get uplifted by an event that no one has seen as closely in the past 400 years!
Please read Bernard’s informative article about this event at this link.
See you at the Overlook!