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Actually the conjunction of 17 July 1623 was closer than today’s at 5.1 arcminutes at appulse (closest approach). Today’s minimum spacing is 6.2 arcminutes.

The reason the 1623 event went unremarked is because it happened less than thirteen degrees from the sun’s position on the ecliptic. Today’s is 30 degrees Eastern elongation, so can be seen in a dark sky.

For the youngsters, there will be an even closer appulse in March 2080, 6.0 arcminutes and a comfy 46 degrees from the rising sun.
I've committed to eating right and daily exercise so I can see that next one. Can't wait.


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US intelligence agencies have 180 days to share what they know about UFOs, thanks to the Covid-19 relief and spending bill
When President Donald Trump signed the $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government funding bill into law in December, so began the 180-day countdown for US intelligence agencies to tell Congress what they know about UFOs.

The director of National Intelligence and the secretary of defense have a little less than six months now to provide the congressional intelligence and armed services committees with an unclassified report about "unidentified aerial phenomena."
It's a stipulation that was tucked into the "committee comment" section of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which was contained in the massive spending bill.

That report must contain detailed analyses of UFO data and intelligence collected by the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force and the FBI, according to the Senate intelligence committee's directive.
It should also describe in detail "an interagency process for ensuring timely data collection and centralized analysis of all unidentified aerial phenomena reporting for the Federal Government" and designate an official responsible for that process.
Finally, the report should identify any potential national security threats posed by UFOs and assess whether any of the nation's adversaries could be behind such activity, the committee said.

The submitted report should be unclassified, the committee said, though it can contain a classified annex.
A spokesperson for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence confirmed the news to the fact-checking website Snopes.