December 14, 2018

AstroEvent: A Fine Meeting of Two Planets.

Jupiter & Venus the night of March 13th.

(Graphics created by the Author in Starry Night).

“What are those two large things in the night sky?” Back in 1999 I fielded almost daily questions such as this as Jupiter & Venus moved ever closer together in the evening sky, climaxing in a 9’ arc minute pairing on February 23rd. Get ready for such questions once more as the two planets approach each other again this week. Both are well placed high in the western sky at sunset 46° degrees east of the setting Sun and attaining a minimum separation of 3° degrees apart on March 13th, when dazzling Venus is north of Jupiter at 22:00 UT/18:00 EDT (Hey, we’re on ye ‘ole daylight savings time now; UKers will follow suit on March 25th!) [Read more...]