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The sadness of this eclipse

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Old August 10th 17, 01:44 PM posted to sci.astro.amateur
Gerald Kelleher
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So many,many topics within that graphic and unique in human experience of astronomy.

Shortly after the eclipse event ,Mercury will move from left to right of the Sun -


Venus is moving back in behind the Sun in its annual circuit -


Jupiter will have ceased retrograde on June 9th as the Earth has moved on -


The moon is at rare half phase seen through the reflected light of the Earth -


Regulus will soon move from left (evening appearance) to right of the Sun (morning appearance) as all stars lying close to the orbital plane do thereby proving the orbital motion of the Earth and setting the Sun up as a central reference during the eclipse.

All these things are lost presently and waiting to be discovered by those who have a sense of joy instead of their own self-importance hence the sadness for the wider world.
Old August 12th 17, 10:06 PM posted to sci.astro.amateur
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"We find, then, in this arrangement the marvelous symmetry of the universe, and a sure linking together in harmony of the motion and size of the spheres, such as could be perceived in no other way. For here one may understand, by attentive observation, why Jupiter appears to have a larger progression and retrogression than Saturn, and smaller than Mars, and again why Venus has larger ones than Mercury; why such a doubling back appears more frequently in Saturn than in Jupiter, and still more rarely in Mars and Venus than in Mercury; and furthermore why Saturn, Jupiter and Mars are nearer to the Earth when in opposition than in the region of their occultations by the Sun and re-appearance . . . . All these phenomena proceed from the same cause, which lies in the motion of the Earth." Copernicus

It is 500 years ago when Copernicus wrote that however the eclipse exposes an alternative approach to Venus and Mercury which does not account for their motions from a moving Earth perspective or rather the inputs of the Earth are minor for the inner planets whereas relative speeds between the Earth and the outer planets are paramount.

By inserting a simple set of phases of Venus it becomes easy to discern the partitioning between the inner and outer planets seen from a moving Earth -


Perhaps the eclipse is more personal rather than the sadness of seeing it wasted by celestial sphere concerns.

Old August 15th 17, 09:24 PM posted to sci.astro.amateur
Gerald Kelleher
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In a way this eclipse highlights the difference between magnification astronomy and interpretative astronomy. The eclipse offers a glimpse into the inner solar system that cannot be seen otherwise where the inner planets are seen both to the left and right of the central Sun with the moon acting as an instrument.


The wider media talk about the 'science' of the eclipse such as the solar corona however absolutely nothing is spoken of the topics covered in this quiet forum.

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