Have you heard of Mercury Retrograde? 🌊🌊 Astrologers believe that it causes you bad luck. You might be stuck in a traffic jam due to that. Is this true? Why would we see Mercury orbit in the opposite direction for a few weeks? 🧐🧐
Well, this is just an apparent retrograde motion observed from Earth.🥸🥸 The Mercury does not actually orbit in the opposite direction. The Mercury and the Earth both rotate anti-clockwise about the Sun with an orbital period of 8️⃣8️⃣ and 3️⃣6️⃣5️⃣ earth days respectively. Due to the difference in the orbital periods, Mercury would seem to be moving backward from Earth’s perspective, when in fact that is whenever Mercury surpasses the Earth.
Swipe left to page 2️⃣ for the virtual animation. ⏪⏪ Imagine if you connect two planets together with a straight line, you would then be able to track the movement of Mercury from the Earth’s perspective. As shown in the animation, the track in yellow shows a retrograde motion which is essentially due to the varying revolution speeds of the planets. Since Mercury orbits quicker🪁🪁, it laps Earth every 4 months, which is when the illusion occurs. 😉😉
There is no scientific evidence showing that the Mercury Retrograde leads you to a traffic jam. 🌝🌝 But it is always a good habit to have your feet on the floor some minutes earlier.🤣🤣 Wish you could recall the theory behind Mercury Retrograde the next time you hear someone says about it! 😉😉