Over the next couple of nights, there is to be a celestial conjunction. Or as much of a conjunction when two things line up… I’m not sure that’s a conjunction so much as, well, just the basis of making a line. Anyway, as Sky News spectacularly put it “Venus and Jupiter Are To Collide”.
Then, to alleviate any kind of fear that the headline may have conjured up, they added the word “In Illusion”. Which doesn’t really clear it up, it more kind of makes you think that Dynamo might be taking up star gazing.
What it boils down to is that we, the humble humans, can stand in our back gardens the length and breadth of the British Isles and gaze sort of Westward to see the bright light that is Venus and the bright light that is Jupiter kind of next to each other – on top of each other, even – in the night sky.
It’s being reported like it’s some massively amazing event. It’s two things lining up. I’m willing to bet that from where I am sitting writing this to where you are sitting reading this someone could probably draw a line. That’s all that’s happening with the planets but, you know, it’s important to show an interest in space now if you’re a media outlet because of Professor Brian Cox or something. It may be a law.
Anyway, that’s what’s happening. Sky News then took the time to explain that while it may look as if they are colliding the two planets are seperated by millions of miles. Not to mention the fact that were Venus and Jupiter to actually collide something has gone VERY WRONG in the universe and that would probably be the least of our worries. Or, as a comment on Sky News succinctly put it “If this actually happened we’d all be dead”.
Now, we’re quite used to celestial phenomena being a once in a lifetime thing – you can’t see another solar eclipse from Britain unless you stand on a ladder balanced on Beachy Head in 2197 and that sort of affair, so the Sky News article rounds off with how long it will be before two points of light line up in the night sky again (I mean, technically, it’s a day because they’re always in line…).
Not exactly the far flung future.
If something occurs within the lifetime of a DFS Sofa deal expiring then I don’t think we need to worry…