Nearly 800 years!
Jupiter and Saturn about to do something not seen since the year 1226
I saw this and thought: “Wait! What happened about 800 years ago”? The beginning of the Little Ice age? Not exactly, but there was a cool-down from the Medieval Warm period before the Little Ice Age swung into full swing.
When the two largest planets locate in a similar plane, then the center of mass of the Sun changes, possibly causing less Sunspots and lower output.
The same occurs with the Earth. We will have to see if these changes cause more earthquakes or volcano action.
Of course, the gravitational forces may elongate the Earths path around the Sun during our winter season. Could this be part of the early snow and cold? Or is it a combination of other factors?
We will see if the Sun continues low numbers of Sunspots as well.
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This is the article I saw:
Jupiter and Saturn are about to do something not seen for nearly 800 years
The two largest planets in the solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, have fascinated astronomers for hundreds of years. But the two gas giants will do something next month not seen since the Middle Ages — they will look like a double planet.
The rare occurrence will happen after sunset on Dec. 21, 2020, the start of the winter solstice.
“Alignments between these two planets are rather rare, occurring once every 20 years or so, but this conjunction is exceptionally rare because of how close the planets will appear to one another,” said Rice University astronomer Patrick Hartigan in a statement. “You’d have to go all the way back to just before dawn on March 4, 1226, to see a closer alignment between these objects visible in the night sky.”
Note: I mention these alignments in Not by Fire but by Ice.
I’ve posted a separate article about these alignments here: