Venus and Jupiter Kiss This Weekend

(Slate::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

There’s a real treat in the sky over the next few nights: Venus and Jupiter will be very close together. How close?

Very, very close. Closest approach (what astronomers call the appulse, but is more colloquially and commonly called a conjunction) will be on Saturday at 22:00 UTC (18:00 Eastern U.S. time), and at that time they’ll be an incredible four arc minutes apart. That’s only 1/15th the width of the full Moon on the sky! In fact Jupiter appears half an arc minute across, so Venus will only be about eight times Jupiter’s diameter away! …

bad_astronomy 2016/08/26 conjunction

Venus-Jupiter conjunction 2016-08-27


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