There is no single definition of this phenomenon. These are the three most commonly used an astronomical event that occurs when planets line up in a row on one side of the sun. At the same time, as seen up above the plane of our solar system, a visual phenomenon that occurs when planets of the solar system appear in a small sector of the sky at the same time, regardless of their visibility conditions from earths point of view, as seen By observers from earth a planet parade of this type happened on april 18, 2002 and then on july, 4th 2020, when all planets of the solar system that are visible to the naked eye lined up in a row in the evening sky. According to preliminary forecasts, such planet parades will take place in 2022, 2040 and 2854. on rare occasions. There are very good seeing conditions of all planets of the solar system in one night. These events are also referred to as planet parades for inner planets. The best viewing conditions occurred here, the greatest elongations and for outer planets. Sometime before and after oppositions, it is important to point out that planetary alignment during a planet parade should not be taken literally. In reality, planets never align in one perfectly straight line, as usually shown in the pictures, since the solar systems planets do not all orbit perfectly in the same plane and swing about on different orbits in three dimensional space, they will never be perfectly lined up by planets Alignment or parade astronomers usually mean that planets will appear in the same part of the sky.
Sometimes the arrangement of planets in the sky resembles a line, but its not always the case. Most often two or three planets form a line in the sky. Besides, a lot depends on the viewpoint when planets line up on one side of the sun. They are not necessarily in the same region of the sky for observers from earth. Vice versa, when planets are in the same part of the sky from earths point of view, they are not necessarily aligned from the point of view of the sun. There are three planet parades which are coming in 2022.. They will occur on march 28, 2022 april 20th, 2022 june, 24. 2022. Lets take a brief look this month. Astronomers can see something unusual in the sky. The planets mars, venus, jupiter and saturn are aligning. They first become visibly aligned on tuesday april 19 2022, where you could see them in a diagonal line. If you live in the northern hemisphere, you will be able to see them before dawn in the southeastern region of the sky. The planets alignment will be especially close on friday april 22nd, 2022. The following week, the moon will look like its traveling in between the planets and by the end of april. Venus and jupiter will seem so close together. Theyll, look like theyre in danger of colliding. The final and most spectacular planet parade of the year will take place at the end of june. On the morning of june 24th, observers will see all planets of the solar system aligning in the sky.
Many christians are wondering whether this alignment has supernatural importance. Are these planets movements connected to the signs and wonders of the end times, astronomy studying the night sky, noting patterns, and it has been around for millennia going back to the biblical period? Consequently, the bible mentions stars on many occasions, sometimes attaching importance to them most famously. The magi, possibly astrologers, possibly kings, follow a star to bring jesus gifts. As the international standard bible, encyclopedia explains, the bible uses astronomy details in many. Sometimes astronomy imagery is used to describe god. The sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. He holds the pleiades constellation in his hands and binds the cords of orion planetary movements help the hebrews plan their calendar, particularly the year of jubilee. Sometimes the bible mentions stars falling from the sky like figs, which could refer to meteor showers. While the bible mentions stars constellations and other heavenly bodies, it doesnt claim that we can predict the future by looking at the stars. It sharply warns against using zodiac signs or stars to divine the future or someones fate. The prophet isaiah mocks leaders who rely on astrologers for counsel, multiple old testament books warn not to dabble in divination or other forms of fortune telling revelation, has several references to stars, planets or other heavenly objects. Among others revelation mentions. A man appears to john holding seven stars in his hand. A wormwood star falls from the heavens, giving someone a morning star the sun, turning black and the moon red, something like a huge mountain.
All ablaze was thrown into the sea. A great star blazing, like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is wormwood, the new heaven and new earth jesus the bright morning star. Some christians see these references as predictions of astronomical phenomena. In the end times, for example, the wormwood star and the great mountain landing in the sea could be meteors hitting the earths surface. The sun turning black and the moon red could be a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse in many lunar eclipses, like the one that occurred in 2020, the moon looks red. However, others argue that revelations language makes it hard to say when these references refer to something that will literally happen. For example, revelation chapter 9, verse, 1 and 2 says i saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the abyss when he opened the abyss. Smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The star is described in an anthropomorphic way, given human qualities, having human hands and arms to take a key and turn it to unlock the abyss. Does this mean god will direct the star to hit the earth in a way that opens the shaft of the abyss? Is the star a person who will get permission to unleash something from the abyss, given that jesus calls himself the bright morning star either option is possible.
Others have noted that johns visions in revelation dont seem to all be about the future. This came up in september 2017 when multiple christians observed mercury, venus, mars and jupiter appearing together in the constellation virgo with jupiter moving out of virgo. They interpreted jupiter exiting virgo as the mother giving birth to a son mentioned. In this passage, a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of 12 stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter and her child was snatched up to god and to his throne. In other words, jupiter was the son virgo, the mother, as the great sign appeared in the heavens. However, there are flaws in this argument. First, as christopher m grainy observed in a catholic astronomer, the interpretation assumed this arrangement had never happened before research showed the same arrangement had occurred four times between 1017 and 2017 alone.
Furthermore, this revelation 12 passage leads into a war. In heaven, where the angel michael fights the dragon and the great dragon was hurled down that ancient serpent called the devil or satan who leads the whole world astray, he was hurled to the earth and his angels with him. As a result, this passage is often interpreted as describing something that predates genesis: chapter 1, verse 1 before moving forward to the new testaments key event. The war in heaven is taken to be a literal war that satan fought against god, a third of the angels joining him after the war ended with god, victorious satan fell like lightning from heaven his rebels following him, john miltons paradise lost picks up after this event, With satan rallying his followers in their new home following this interpretation, the sun is not a planet, but jesus who defeats the great dragon. The mother represents israel, which experiences many trials exiles invasion by rome. The 400 years of silence before birthing, the messiah christians. Interpretations of revelations, astronomy reference will vary depending on what denomination or tradition they follow. Christians who see revelation as an essentially literal description of the end times, will see these astronomical references as descriptions of coming signs. In the heavens, christians who see revelation as a description of the early churchs experiences may see these references as allegorical or coded references to nero rome etc. Regardless of what view christians take on revelation and the end times, the fact remains that the bible affirms humans cannot know when the end times will come.
Jesus stated, but about that day or hour, no one knows not even the angels in heaven nor the son, but only the father. A statement also recorded in mark chapter 13, verse 32..