Most of us here know why today is an interesting day.
It is the day of the closest approach of the Asteroid Toutatis, which has been much studied and discussed in the past several months.
But what some may not know are some of the other interesting occurences happening today that may or may not relate to the passing of this bizarre
space object named after a Celtic God of War.
Today is Michaelmas, or St. Michael's Day. In ancient Hebrew astronomy, the planet Mars was thought to represent the Archangel Michael. Mars is of
course, the Roman God of War.
Today also marks the conjunction of Jupiter, Mars and Mercury.
"9/29 Mercury is 0.61 degree north-northeast of Jupiter at 01:00;
Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter lie within a 1.06 degree diameter circle
Today is also the start of Sukkot or "The Feast of Booths (Tabernacles)". Sukkot commemorates the Israelites who travelled in the desert to the
promised land and lived in sukkots or booths along the way. This particular Sukkot is thought by some to be represented in the following passage:
"Come my people, enter thou into thy chambers and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be
overpast. For behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her
blood, and shall no more cover her slain."
Today is also St. Gabriel's day. The Archangel Gabriel is known as God's messenger and is probably most famous for his role in blowing the horn to
announce Judgment Day.
In Revelation 9:15, John states: "And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay
the third part of men."
One hour, one day, one month and one year ago from the closest approach of Toutatis, Mars made its closest approach to Earth in 60,000 years. This
occurred on August 27, 2003.
Strangely enough, that same day, the Alabama Supreme Court removed the 10 Commandments from its grounds.
Today also marks the historic flight of SpaceShipOne into suborbit.