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Grand Conjuction of 1066 Silence

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The next grand conjunction promises to be the best ever with the moons clustering very tightly in the Western sky before sunrise.  

 

It is 00:00:00 on day of the Wurm in week 1 of the starfall of Silence in the year of 1066.
00:52 Seris rises in the WNW
01:01 Valrei rises in the NW
01:47 Jackal rises in the WNW
04:50 Sol rises in the NW
09:35 The conjunction of Jackal and Valrei attains minimum separation of 7.8 degrees
13:21 The conjunction of Jackal and Seris attains minimum separation of 1.4 degrees
16:00 The conjunction of Jackal and Sol ends
16:17 Valrei sets in the SW
16:56 Seris sets in the SW
17:11 Jackal sets in the WSW
19:11 Sol sets in the SW

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Bump.  Now that the year 1066 is upon us.  I will bump again a week or so out from the event

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What a year

 

 

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This is coming up in less than a week.  This one ought to be really spectacular with all three of the moons within a diameter of one another.

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It has come to our attention that some Wurmians are feeling anxiety about this simple astronomical occurrence.  We astronomers here at the University feel compelled to assure everyone that this unusual conjunction will probably not precipitate the end of the world.  It is simply a matter of some large rocks orbiting in space.  Aligning their gravitational masses so as to induce freakish distorting tidal forces of unprecedented strength upon the crust of our planet.  Really there is hardly any danger at all of rupture or ... more severe consequences.  

 

And besides, if worst should indeed come to worst, our Philosophers remind us that death, be it even the most protracted and agonizing, gasping for thinning air as enormous volcanic fissures gape and the ground crumbles from beneath one's feet, is merely a new beginning.

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so all this gobbly gook means some moons are going to be close together?

 

 

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Yeah Jake. Just like the one that refuses to separate from the sun.

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On ‎02‎/‎06‎/‎2017 at 8:10 PM, Gaffer said:

It has come to our attention that some Wurmians are feeling anxiety about this simple astronomical occurrence.  We astronomers here at the University feel compelled to assure everyone that this unusual conjunction will probably not precipitate the end of the world.  It is simply a matter of some large rocks orbiting in space.  Aligning their gravitational masses so as to induce freakish distorting tidal forces of unprecedented strength upon the crust of our planet.  Really there is hardly any danger at all of rupture or ... more severe consequences.  

 

And besides, if worst should indeed come to worst, our Philosophers remind us that death, be it even the most protracted and agonizing, gasping for thinning air as enormous volcanic fissures gape and the ground crumbles from beneath one's feet, is merely a new beginning.

 

Hmmm, never quite thought of it like that before.  Don't know how I missed this.  Is this perhaps the end of Epic as the gravitational forces slam it into the Freedom cluster?

 

How many days does the world have left now?

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Yes, please don't assume that other people will be able to get good screen shots.  Wurm weather is terrible this time of year.  If you get a good view please capture and share it.

 

The moons have already bunched up pretty nicely and will continue to close in on each other for the next three hours or so.  Just before sunrise is the best time to watch.

 

One more thing - the moon motions are different on the unstable client so you will need to use the production client to view this conjunction.

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Sunrise with the moons, with bonus comets.

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Well, the moons are moving apart now.   Any risk of geological disturbance, which was probably low, is probably past.  Be assured that your likelihood of dying in agony trapped in a collapsed mine is now barely any greater than usual.

 

I will not publish any more forecasts for astronomical phenomena until some clarity emerges about the behavior of moons exhibited in the new client.   And for that I have high hopes!

 

Will we some day be able to pick out the constellations for which the Starfalls are named?  Will tiny dim orbs, presumed sister planets to our own ,some discernable perhaps only by spyglass, wander slowly among the stars?  Will fiery comets blaze in terrifying splendor across the sky?  And what could it all mean to us lowly Wurm-bound beings?  Will our Philosophers after diligent study compose tomes of Lore recording the effects these changes in the heavens necessarily must exert upon our daily lives?

 

  

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