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"Photo caption: From late April to early May, the five brightest planets of the solar system will all be visible in the evening sky, lined up like baby ducks crossing the road. This excellent viewing opportunity won't be repeated for nearly 80 years. (Credit: D. Aguilar, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics). " Source - Harvard University article right, has larger image.

Every planet will be visible during the evening .. see Harvard U's article about viewing all the planets.

Signs in the Heavens! - April 22 - May 16

HARVARD UNIVERSITY: Caution--Planetary Traffic Jam Ahead!
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics - Press Release

"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! .. " 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 Bethlehem."

" Oddly enough, more than 2,000 years ago, this same grouping of planets may have caught the attention of the Biblical Magi. On April 1, 2 B.C., the planets Mars, Saturn and Venus came together to form a perfect equilateral triangle over the city of Bethlehem."

Celestial events which are visible from Jerusalem, such as the coming May 5 triangle of planets, are of great significance for Israel and the world, and the very nature of the triangle over Bethlehem.......the same alignment the Magi may have seen.......well, that's gotta be important. And all the planets lining up along the ecliptic every night for almost 3 weeks...

Triangle alignment over Jerusalem and Bethlehem May 5, 2002
"Photo caption: On May 5, 2002, the planets Venus, Mars, and Saturn will appear to form a perfect equilateral triangle over the city of Jerusalem as seen from Baghdad. This same configuration also appeared in Middle Eastern skies on April 1, 2BC. (Credit: D. Aguilar, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics). " Source - Harvard University article above, has larger image.

Signs in the Heavens! - April 22 - May 16 - continued

ASTRONOMY.COM: Comet Utsunomiya Comes into View

Not part of the alignment, but thought I'd throw this one in, too, since it's happening in the same timeframe. It reaches its closest point to the Sun on April 22, the day the Planetary Alignment begins ..

SPACE.COM: Spacewatch Friday April 26: Mercury Joins Great Planet Alignment

04-17-02 Email: I thought you might find this interesting. "Planets over Jerusalem on May 4-8, possible [Book of Revelation] Seals correlation indicated" here

UNKNOWN COUNTRY: Planetary Lineup Starting Saturday

"The five planets visible to the naked eye—Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn—will line up in the sky, beginning April 20."

NASA: The five brightest planets are converging in the western sky for an eye-popping show in May 2002

COSMIVERSE: Rare Planetary Traffic Jam Above

ASTRONOMY.COM: A Planetary Conjunction for the Ages (has handy starchart for viewing)

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