A trinity of celestial creations: moon, Jupiter, Venus


Moon, Jupiter, Venus together again

Last night the moon, Jupiter, and Venus appeared together in a way that won’t happen again until Nov. 18, 2052, according to Jack Horkheimer, director of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium.

When I told Jacob and Anna they’d be older than me when it happened again, they jumped up and grabbed blankets, and we headed for the front yard.

We cuddled in the sub-freezing weather, Anna drank hot cocoa, I drank cappacino (mix, I don’t have a machine!), and Jacob ate Captain Crunch, and we watched for about an hour, until the three dropped from our view below the horizon.

We talked about the vastness of the universe and what an amazing God we have, that humans don’t even know where the universe ends, nor do we know into what it is expanding. I mused with them that perhaps the universe is expanding into God.

What a spectacular site. I hope you are living to see it again in 44 years, but at left is the best picture I could make. According to Seth Borenstein, Associated Press, “the moon is the brightest, closest and smallest of the three and is 252,000 miles away. Venus, the second brightest, closest and smallest, is 94 million miles away. And big Jupiter is 540 million miles away.”

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