Stargazers Get Rare Look at Three Planets
By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Dec. 9) -- Stargazers will get a rare triple planetary treat this weekend with Jupiter, Mercury and Mars appearing to nestle together in the predawn skies. About 45 minutes before dawn on Sunday those three planets will be so close that the average person's thumb can obscure all three from view.
They will be almost as close together on Saturday and Monday, but Sunday they will be within one degree of each other in the sky. Three planets haven't been that close since 1925, said Miami Space Transit Planetarium director Jack Horkheimer.
And it won't happen again until 2053, he said.
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Interesting. Three planets. Only one degree of separation. So close they can be blotted out simultaneously by a mere thumb against the sky should one choose to do it. What can this mean?
Kabbalistically, Mercury corresponds to the letter pei פ, Jupiter to tav ת, and Mars to gimmel ג. What shoresh (root) does that spell? פתג decree
The shoresh פתג is found in the word פתגם of Esther 1:20 -
And when the king's decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his kingdom, great though it be, all the wives will give to their husbands honour, both to great and small.
ונשמע פתגם המלך אשר-יעשה בכל-מלכותו, כי רבה היא; וכל-הנשים, יתנו יקר לבעליהן--למגדול, ועל-קטן