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Impact

May 14, 2011

One of the best feats of juggling I ever witnessed was by a pupil at the Xavier school for gifted youngsters. This skilled conjuror could demonstrate the exact orbit of Jupiter and its many moons using juggling balls of various sizes. The trajectories of the balls were in irregular patterns rather than just thrown up and letting gravity do the rest. Special spins and sideways quicksilver wrist movements re-created perfectly Jupiter and its many satellites.

While waiting my turn in the pool hall I picked up a spare cue ball and a piece of chalk with the intended aim of juggling the tracks of Earth and the Moon. Now I’m not sure if the proportions are right or not and though there’s a crater in it the chalk is the wrong shape of the moon, these accoutrements were all I had.

Within a few moments (more…)