Since ages, the sky has never failed to interest humanity. Scores of scholars, philosophers have looked up at the stars, trying to find the answers to humanity. Some have succeeded, and others haven’t.
But yet, the fascination towards the distant, the unknown is extremely strong, which ensnares us all the time. The sky is never the limit, for we would deliberately want to go beyond it.
What is interesting is the present month of September would allow us to do just that, with all the planets in motion, and being extremely close to the earth.
A couple nights back, the planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars along with the Moon, were aligned to each other perfectly, which made it obvious not just from a telescope, but also from the naked eye.
The positions have been different now, but they are still visible from quite a long distance. This is made possible by the cloudless skies, and the bright moon, which has fulfilled the dreams of many a stargazer.
“Astronomy is useful because it raises us above ourselves; it is useful because it is grand; …. It shows us how small is man’s body, how great his mind, since his intelligence can embrace the whole of this dazzling immensity, where his body is only an obscure point, and enjoy its silent harmony.” (Henri Poincare)
Most of us have already noticed the planets in the sky, and the beautiful image they cast. Closest among all is Mars, and it is also the brightest in the sky.
The other planets also are visible, but not upto that level, for the visibility is blurred due to the incredible distances separating them. Yet, the other planets follow suit.
“The strongest affection and utmost zeal should, I think, promote the studies concerned with the most beautiful objects.
This is the discipline that deals with the universe’s divine revolutions, the stars’ motions, sizes, distances, risings and settings . . . for what is more beautiful than heaven?” (Nicolaus Copernicus)
It isn’t sure for how long would the planets be visible, so it is advised that one pick up their telescope and start gazing.
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