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Monday, November 28, 2022

This Is What Would Really Happen If All The Planets Aligned

First, an alignment depends entirely on your point of view in relation to those planets. Three or four planets may be aligned if you look at them from Earth, but if you jump to one of the other planets in the solar system, they won’t be. Second, the term does not literally mean that they are lined up under the same heading, but rather that they are all grouped together in the same area. Since all the planets have different orbits within the three dimensions of space, it can happen to some, but it can rarely happen to all.

Jean Meeus, author of the book “Mathematical Astronomy Morsels”, is a Belgian astronomer specializing in celestial mechanics and mathematical astronomy. He made the calculations based on the planet’s heliocentric longitude and defined them as aligned the same way if they were within 1.8 degrees of each other. His math was revealing.

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The three inner planets (Mercury, Venus, and Earth) would only “align” once every 39.6 years. Adding Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune to the mix slows the rate of occurrence to a mind-boggling rate of once every 396 billion years (via Sky & Telescope). On May 6, 2492, all eight planets will be as closely aligned as possible. Still, they won’t be anywhere near being in a straight line.

Even if all the planets lined up “exactly,” NASA says nothing significant would happen. What about ocean tides? They would raise an imperceptible “a twenty-five of a millimeter.” Therefore, it is safe to say that your beachfront property will be just fine.

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