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On May 19, 2007 ( Saturday 2 Jumaada al-awal 1428 A.H.) the crescent Moon and the planet Venus were in
conjunction in the constellation Gemini in the western sky.
On December 1, 2008 (Monday 3 Thw al-Hijjah 1429 A.H. ) the crescent moon and Venus will again be in
conjunction, this time joined by the planet Jupiter. All three will be low in the southwest near the
constellations of Capricorn and Sagittarius and below the three bright stars of Deneb, Vega and Altair that are
known as the Summer Triangle.
The next lunar conjunction will be December 8, 2015 (Tuesday 26 Safar 1437 A.H.). The Moon and Venus will be
in Virgo in the eastern sky with both Mars and Jupiter visible on a rough line that includes the bright stars
Spica and Regulus.
We are unskilled in astrology, but as mathematicians and statisticians we have profound admiration for
ancient watchers of the sky who, without telescopes, computers or even algebra, grasped that the courses of
heavenly bodies could be predicted. Accordingly, we have suggested President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran
announce that in order to begin construction of a joint-ventured magnetically levitated super from the Caspian
Sea to Cairo with branches to Mecca and Casablanca in less than fifteen months, Persia, long home to some of
the better astronomers and engineers on the planet, would host an international conference.
While not a conjunction, the crescent Moon, Venus, the star Regulus and Saturn will be close together in the
eastern sky in the mornings during the first weeks of October.
Our thanks to Tawfig Alrabiah and Waleed Muhanna for help with date conversions.