Planetary conjunction

Looking up…

For the past three nights I’ve enjoyed the intermittent bright lights in the night sky. The lights have been there permanently, but appeared intermittently to me because of cloud cover. But at least the high winds have kept the clouds moving along.

Two of the bright lights currently visible with the naked eye (in the west for those of us in the northern hemisphere) are Venus and Jupiter. Lately they’ve been ‘hanging around’ with the crescent moon. On February 26th they were clearly visible at opposite corners of the crescent moon – Jupiter upper left and Venus to the lower right.

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Vemus and Jupiter are currently about 10 degrees apart, but will continue moving closer to be at their closest in mid-March 2012. By March 12 and 13, they will lie only three degrees apart.

According to science writer, Deborah Byrd in EarthSky

They’ll be like twin headlight beams shining down on us from the west after sunset. You’ll be able to hide both mighty worlds together behind two outstretched fingertips.

Check the EarthSky page for more explanation and clear diagrams.

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2 comments on “Planetary conjunction

  1. It’s not hard to see why the ancients were fascinated by the stars (or planets). They must have been a real mystery back in the old days.
    Alen McF

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