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Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter

Tonight, June 30, 2015, for observers in the northern hemisphere, (sorry, Gossamer and valmnz ) Venus and Jupiter will appear about 3 degree a part. This is a picture taken in Puerto Rico on the 29th of June. I link it to give the reader an idea of what the conjunction will look like tonight.

It means nothing. It affects nothing. It just looks cool.

This is another page with more information on the line up calling it a “double star” but it is nothing of the sort. They’re planets, not stars. Anyway. I couldn’t get the video to play, but I frequently can’t. I link it assuming other people will have more luck than I.

Mr. Siduri and I went out to take a peek last night. I was pretty cool. I hope people reading get a chance to see this. Facing west, you look just below the constellation of Leo.

For further reading: Sky and Telescope Observing this Week


Image Credit » https://pixabay.com/en/planet-jupiter-orbit-star-artist-640992/ by skeeze

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cmoneyspinner wrote on June 30, 2015, 11:08 AM

Thank you for sharing the link to the website. Looking up into the sky always provides a source of wonder. Don't do it that often any so it's nice to see websites that capture the moment.

msiduri wrote on June 30, 2015, 11:17 AM

I try to do it every morning when I first get up, even if I live in town. I hope you get a chance to see this conjunction tonight.

MelissaE wrote on June 30, 2015, 8:07 PM

That conjunction is an interesting sight to see. My dad loved sitting out and looking at the sky. He did that often as he lived out in the country.

msiduri wrote on June 30, 2015, 9:49 PM

One of the things I miss about living in outside the city—a sky full of stars.

laurie123 wrote on July 9, 2015, 12:13 PM

Must have looked awesome! Did you need a telescope to see it. I didn't know about it so I didn't get to see.

msiduri wrote on July 9, 2015, 3:10 PM

No, no telescope needed. They were quite bright and quite nicely visible. I've been told that these things are relatively common so with luck you'll catch the next one.