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    Default Look there,, up in the sky!! - Venus and Jupiter conjunction this week

    This is really cool, and visible right now...

    Venus-Jupiter Conjunction—Easy-to-See Sky Show

    Look to the western skies as Jupiter and Venus—the two brightest planets to the unaided eye—stage a close encounter over the Northern Hemisphere.


    Though the two planets will appear to converge all this week, they'll be at their closest March 15—separated by only 3 degrees in the sky, or the width of two fingers at arms' length.

    When two worlds seem to line up in the sky, it's called a conjunction. But the apparent proximity is an optical illusion—in reality, Venus is nearly 75.9 million miles (122 million kilometers) distant from Earth, and Jupiter sits about seven times farther away at 524 million miles (844 million kilometers) from Earth.

    Visible throughout the Northern Hemisphere, this week's sky show lasts for more than four hours after sunset, before the planets themselves sink below the horizon.

    In addition, "what is a bit special about this one is that it is so high up in the sky, away from the setting sun. Mars will also be in the sky on the other side, in the east."

    They'll appear closest to one another on Thursday.


    So we're looking at Venus which is close to us (between Earth and the Sun), and then also at Jupiter which is orbiting waaayyy out there beyond the Sun. Jupiter is much larger than Venus, but Venus appears much brighter because it's so much closer to us.
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    Very cool!
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    Wish I knew this stuff better - stepped out for a minute, think Venus and Jupiter have already slipped away - might've seen Mars. I know the big dipper and Orion, though!

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    Bad ass! Thanks Wruff for the heads up....( pun)! Got a great view while we went out earlier this evening!

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    It's funny, I've been seeing that all week from the parking lot here at work and wondering if it was something special....they've been extremely bright every night!
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    And if you're in the right spot, you might get a look at Mercury just before it descends below the western horizon.

    Take a look about the time Jupiter and Venus are setting in the west, and Saturn is rising in the east.

    Pretty cool to have a chance at seeing 4 planets in the sky at the same time.
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    I went out to see the full moon the other night and also saw these two beauties in the sky. They really do draw your attention. Been stepping out to see them every night since. Thanks Wruff, I was curious as to what they were.

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    I've been following this all week. Last night I was taking a good long look thinking how mind boggling it is to think about how far away those planets are from us...but they are so bright in the sky. Amazing.
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    Sounds like an old Wings song.... Venus and Mars/Rock Show
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    Awesome!!!! I can actually see them from my yard right now!



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    Fascinating!
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