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Two bright worlds meet up in sunset skies this week.

Illustration of Venus and Jupiter close together
This imaginary artwork shows the close-up beauty of both Jupiter and Venus, two bright naked-eye planets that will be visible close together in the skies this week.  
ILLUSTRATION BY A.FAZEKAS, SKYSAFARI


By Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic  
PUBLISHED JUNE 29, 2015



If you spot clear skies any evening this week, don’t miss your chance to witness a stunning close encounter of the two brightest star-like objects in the sky.

Venus and Jupiter—both dazzling star-like objects—will appear to huddle close together in the sunset skies this week. This will be the planets' nearest approach in over a decade.

Both worlds have been slowly converging over the past several weeks, and on Tuesday, June 30, and Wednesday, July 1, they will reach their tightest grouping, separated by less than half a degree. That’s less than the width of the disk of the full moon. So close that onlookers will be able to cover both planets with just their pinky held at arm’s length.

Astronomers call these celestial meetups conjunctions. And this is the second in a series of three between Venus and Jupiter in over a year. The cosmic duo were a bit tighter on August 18, 2014, and will be a tad farther apart in their next encounter at dawn on October 26.

Even though conjunctions aren't that rare, this series is the best between these planets in about 15 years. If you miss the remaining conjunctions, you'll get another chance next year on August 27.

Illustration of what Venus and Jupiter will look like in the sky
This skychart shows the view of the Venus-Jupiter conjunction on July 1, 2015  and what the pretty pair will look like through backyard telescopes.
ILLUSTRATION BY A.FAZEKAS, SKYSAFARI


While limited in their scientific interest, historically Venus and Jupiter conjunctions may be a possible answer to the Star of Bethlehem legend. In the years 2 and 3 B.C. there was a similar series of three stunningly close pairings between the planets that would have caught the eye of ancient astronomers.

Today, the best bet to catch sight of the pretty pairing is to look westward and high the sky beginning a half hour after local sunset. As darkness falls, beacon-like Venus will make its appearance first. Both planets shine so brilliantly, however that observers should have no problem spotting them at dusk. Some novice skywatchers may even mistake them for oncoming lights of airplanes.

Venus will appear about 6 times brighter than Jupiter even though it's only a tenth the size. That’s because Venus is eternally enshrouded with highly reflective white clouds and is much closer to Earth. It's about 56 million miles (90 million kilometers) away while Jupiter is much more distant—some 550 million miles (890 million kilometers).  So their apparent proximity to each other is just an optical illusion.

With even the smallest of backyard telescopes, you will be able to spot Venus’s disk, which resembles a miniature version of a quarter moon. With Jupiter, high magnification will showcase its dark cloud belts and four of its largest moons, sitting beside the planet like a row of ducks.

After July 1st, both planets will appear to quickly separate and sink closer to the horizon. They'll be lost in the glare of the sunset by the end of the month. Both will reappear in late August as bright morning stars visible before dawn.

But before that, Venus and Jupiter will offer one last opportunity for an amazing photo at dusk. As a grand finale, the planets will be joined by the razor-thin crescent moon on July 18th. The tight celestial grouping will span no more than 4 degrees—less than the width of the three middle fingers held at arm's length.

Here’s a perfect chance to catch the  three brightest nighttime celestial objects huddled together, all in the same field of view of your binoculars.

Clear Skies!

Illustration of Venus and Jupiter in orbit
This simulated orbital view of the solar system shows the relative positions of Venus and Jupiter and why both planets appear close together for observers located on Earth.
ILLUSTRATION BY A.FAZEKAS, SKYSAFARI


Published on Jun 1, 2015

Channel: NASA

This NASA documentary celebrates 50 years of extravehicular activity (EVA) or spacewalks that began with the first two EVAs conducted by Russian Alexey Leonov in March 1965 and American astronaut Edward White in June 1965 . The documentary features interviews with NASA Administrator and astronaut, Charles Bolden, NASA Deputy Administrator and spacesuit designer, Dava Newman, as well as other astronauts, engineers, technicians, managers and luminaries of spacewalk history. They share their personal stories and thoughts that cover the full EVA experience-- from the early spacewalking experiences, to spacesuit manufacturing, to modern day spacewalks aboard the International Space Station as well as what the future holds for humans working on a tether in space. "Suit Up," is narrated by actor and fan of space exploration Jon Cryer. Cryer recently traveled to Star City, NASA Headquarters and the Johnson Space Center to film an upcoming Travel Channel documentary series.
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Rikkubeauty Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
Thanks for the invite ! =)
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, be sure to submit your aviation photos. It's hard to keep up with your barrage of awesome photos. 
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Rikkubeauty Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
Ha ha thanks, I'm done with the pics of this airshow, but I'll keep posting if I ever go to another one this year.
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay :) but the ones that aren't in the group already be sure to submit those. I look forward to seeing more :)  
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paradigm-shifting Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Welcome to Co-Founders, foreverartist5454 :) :heart:
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foreverartist5454 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yay :) haha
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:heart:
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Really cool and well managed group, just throwing that out there.
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paradigm-shifting Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
We have a nice team of Admins and lots of people who post lots of interesting stuff. :) This is really the best group I've seen for space and similarly themed content here on dA. A nice mixture of things.
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EyeballEarth Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nod Yeah it's nice to see someone actually caring about his group and putting a bit of work in it, there's o many abandoned groups around.
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paradigm-shifting Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Indeed.
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:) 
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paradigm-shifting Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
... but what does God need with a Star Ship? :)
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DavidGrieninger Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the request :D
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:)
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Edited Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Journal Submitted ! :) ~NASA HQ Founder 
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Andorada Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Great! :sun: It will get featured after we collect some more artworks and journals! :) ~ TandemFeatures Founder 
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AnchorUp Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
Hi there! Thank you for requesting my photos to be submitted to this page. It's an honor!

I have a few folders with more flight deck related pictures. I'll be sure to submit them to your page when I post them!
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Looking forward to it ! ~NASA HQ Founder 
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Can Poland into the space, please?
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Give me all faves, llama and watch.
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i give you if i have already
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