Thursday morning, 15 May, the inner planet Venus passes the outer planet Uranus. As the two planets rise before the Sun they will be a little less than 2o from each other. However the difference in apparent magnitude (brightness) is around 10 magnitudes with Venus at -4.0 and Uranus at +6.
Here are two short video clips from the much longer video I made as part of a live musical performance called “Orbit” that was performed at the Gottleib Planetarium in Kansas City Missouri in May 2011. These two portions show the first couple of minutes of the performance video from the Sun to the inner planet Venus, and the outer planet Uranus.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.