What Jupiter and Saturn did next

This month has been something of an afterparty for the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn at the end of last year. The two giant planets are still fairly close together, and easy to find. On 2 August Saturn was at opposition, which means it was directly opposite the Sun in the sky, and shiningContinue reading “What Jupiter and Saturn did next”

Visualizing the music of the spheres

We have known for thousands of years that the sky is full of harmonies and rhythms. Pythagoras called it the “music of the spheres.” As part of the build-up to next week’s great conjunction, Steffen Thorsen (CEO of timeanddate.com) and I have written a piece for Sky & Telescope on the pattern of closer-than-usual approachesContinue reading “Visualizing the music of the spheres”