Mercury Retrograde Friend or Foe

This article explains the illusion of the planet Mercury moving in a backward motion the phenomenon known as “mercury retrograde” a planetary cycle that occurs at least four times a year effecting communications, networks, computer and technical malfunctions, and for many people minor hassles ending in frustration.
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  • Language: English

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Review by: Brown Wall Publishing on Oct. 27, 2010 : (no rating)
This article has some interesting ideas but fails to actually explain what causes the illusion (it is an optical illusion caused by our planet completing the circle of its orbital track, making Mercury and other planets appear to occasionally move backwards in the sky). You can see this effect on spinning rides at the amusement park—if you are moving clockwise in a circle, at the top of the "circle" a person standing outside the ride will appear to move to the left (relative to you). At the bottom of the circle, he or she will appear to move right. Since the other planets actually do continue to follow a normal orbit, they would not affect "communications, networks, computer and technical malfunctions" any more during this illusion than at any other point in orbit.

The author seems to be intelligent and this is a technical subject, however some credibility is lost with the amount of grammatical and spelling errors. I am going to refrain from a star rating at this point—this may be a completely different article with just a little polish.
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