A Venus – Neptune Conjunction


   Sunday evening, February 1st the inner planet Venus will be within about 1o from the outermost of the 8 planets, Neptune. The two will be an interesting contrast in apparent magnitudes with Venus shining at -3.93 compared with Neptune’s +7.96 apparent magnitude.
   Both of these objects are close enough to easily fit within the field of view of binoculars, and is close enough to fit within the field of view of a 25mm eyepiece on a 6″ reflecting telescope.

   
   
   
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Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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