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Jupiter and Venus in Planetary Conjunction

Jupiter is back in the news. This time not for it’s proximity to earth, but for appearing very close to Venus in the night sky. I have been observing the two planets getting closer and closer together in the last couple of weeks, but hadn’t realized there was anything particularly special about it until I came across this article by National Geographic.

The coming together of these two planets is known as Planetary Conjunction and happens every thirteen months for the case of Jupiter and Venus. The occurrence itself isn’t that rare, but this year it appears spectacular due to the fact that the planets are visible for several hours after sunset. They can be observed in the western sky just after sunset and stay visible for about four hours after that. The climax of the conjunction is going to be on the 15th of March when they shall be just 3 degrees apart.

Jupiter

Jupiter

Jupiter and Venus are the brightest celestial bodies after the moon, which makes them quite easy to pick out in the night sky. However, there are two more planets that have been showing up closely behind and are easily visible to the naked eye. Mars has been appearing in the eastern sky about two hours after sunset followed shortly by Saturn.

Mars is easily distinguishable from other stars around it due to its yellow/orange color. Saturn is a lot harder to pick out if you don’t know where to look. It appears just below and to the left of Spica in the constellation Virgo.

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  1. March 14, 2012 at 21:56

    Thanks for the headsup earlier. Here’s what I captured of the two: http://on.fb.me/wE1zbm

    • kalengi
      March 14, 2012 at 22:59

      Hey, you took the shot! Awesome :) I can see the sun hadn’t even completely gone down yet. Venus is the bigger dot on the right and Jupiter is on the left. Apparently they’re going to be better aligned tomorrow so I’ll be on the look out.

    • kalengi
      March 15, 2012 at 21:14

      The planets reached horizontal alignment today at 21:00 and then disappeared on the horizon shortly after.

      • March 15, 2012 at 22:19

        Said time I was otherwise occupied! Would have been great to capture that.

  2. carolkmail
    March 15, 2012 at 16:58

    You know I’m now busy combing through my astrology library looking for the greater meaning on this, right? :)

    • kalengi
      March 15, 2012 at 17:17

      Oh, that’s easy… Men are from Mars and women are from Venus. Jupiter, the powerhouse of the solar system is hanging out with Venus. Conclusion? Women now hold the power! ;)

      • carolkmail
        March 18, 2012 at 18:26

        You best believe it young man! B-)

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