Katie Mack @AstroKatie (a.k.a. Dr Katherine J Mack) astrophysicist/cosmologist, occasional freelance science writer, connoisseur of cosmic catastrophes Jul. 07, 2019 1 min read

Quick reminder: #MercuryRetrograde is an astronomically and physically meaningless illusion of perspective and has absolutely zero impact on your life or anyone else’s! 💞🔭✨

I mean look I’m sorry but the planets are just far too awesome & majestic to be saddled with responsibility for all the chaos we are making of our own absurd little human lives.

Also, they are very far away. And basically just really big rocks. It’s for the best they don’t care.

“Why not just let people enjoy astrology??”

I am an astrophysicist and it is part of my job to share my knowledge with the world. There are many people who’d like to know how these things work, and it’s in my power to make the information available! You are always free to ignore

I mean I’m not exactly breaking into your house to tear down your star charts. You might be able to use them to find Jupiter in the sky! Did you know you can see the four largest moons of Jupiter just with decent binoculars? And then you can chart their motion just like Galileo!!

By charting the motions of the Jupiter’s moons, Galileo showed they orbited Jupiter, which proved that other bodies in the Solar System could be centers of motion. You can use your own binoculars to prove to yourself that not everything revolves around us! It’s a good reminder.


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