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Rhythms over a century - 08.27.06

The motion of the planets was once known as the music of the spheres. Doc Weather takes a look at some of the rhythms of this music.

In the course of one hundred years Pluto will travel one third of the way around the earth. Neptune will travel two thirds of the way around the earth, and Uranus will complete1 1/3 revolutions. Saturn will make 3 1/3 revolutions. Jupiter will travel 8 1/3 times around the Earth, and Mars will orbit fifty times. Venus and Mercury will make approximately 100 complete orbits and the Moon will pass around our dear Earth almost 1, 200 times.



These motions are the ground tone for what the old people called the music of the spheres. The music refers to the intervals between the motions of one planet and the motions of another. We could say that the relationship between Pluto and Uranus is in a rhythmic ratio of one to four. This is because if we divide the year into thirds Pluto will travel one third of the distance that Uranus can travel. They are in a rhythmic ratio of one to four. In music if the first note of a scale is sounded with the fourth note of the same scale those two notes stand in a ratio of one to four. The notes they would sound are the first two notes of the familiar song "Here comes the Bride. Perhaps on some still night as you stand under the stars listen closely and you may hear the celestial songs being sung among the rhythmic journeys of the planets.