This week, Jupiter, Mars, and Venus are all hanging out together in the Western sky just after sunset. Grab a sixpack and join them this evening (no special glasses required), then head inside and celebrate with a Read/Watch/Listen:
Read: Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg. On a planet with six suns, darkness is rare and terrifying. This novel is based on Asimov’s short story set in the hours before a civilization-ending night falls on the planet Lagash– which happens just once every 2,049 years.
‘Of the six suns, only Beta is left in the sky. Do you see it?’
The question was rather unnecessary. Beta was almost at zenith, its ruddy light flooding the landscape to an unusual orange as the brilliant rays of setting Gamma died. Beta was at aphelion. It was small; smaller than Theremon had ever seen it before, and for the moment it was undisputed ruler of Lagash’s sky.
Watch: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, for the binary sunset in Tatooine as Luke contemplates getting off his bratty tush and going on a space adventure.
Uncle Owen: [about C-3PO and R5-D4] Luke! Take these two over to the garage, will you? I want them cleaned up before dinner.
Luke: But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!
Uncle Owen: You can waste time with your friends when your chores are done.
Listen: Age of Aquarius. Jupiter is aligning with Mars — and also Venus! This is called a conjunction, but we could also call it a double-plus Aquarius:
When the moon is in the seventh house
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
Happy back-from-the-long-weekend day, and may the planets align for you wherever you are!