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Saturday, March 27, 2004

Planetary Astronomy for me, but not for thee



Right now, five planets are visible to the naked eye from the Earth's surface. This alignment will not recur for 32 years.

And what's the weather like in Buffalo, for those of us who'd just love to get outside and see our planetary neighborhood? And, you know, show it to our daughters who after all will (theoretically) be off and making lots of money in her own career next time this happens?

Friggin' cloudy, that's what. We've been overcast for four days in a row.

The window for viewing all five planets closes on April 5, so hopefully there will be at least one clear night between now and then. Problem is, spring in Buffalo tends to be our worst season, weather-wise. Here's hoping.

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