On Thursday night, April 15, you will have a wonderful opportunity to view all the naked eye planets in one night.
Here’s a map of the night sky to help guide you.
If you stay up all night or rise in the morning to see Jupiter’s ascent. You will have seen all seven of the Medieval planetary bodies: the sun and moon, too.
Over at space.com there are some pretty stunning photos taken from the European Southern Observatory in Chile. We are raising a generation who have no concept of what a stunning promise was made to Abraham that his descendants would be more numerous than the stars in the sky.
In addition Gene Edward Veith over at Cranach notes that one of the subjects of the Medieval quadrivium as astronomy. Relegated to sci-fi fans or freshman seeking a credit for general college, astronomy has largely lost its Medieval import as a study of the heavens.
I think I’ll go outside and look up.