Venus and Jupiter in a Very Close Conjunction

   Wednesday July 1st at 3 UT (Tuesday June 30th at 10 pm CDT) the two planets Venus and Jupiter, as we see them from the surface of the Earth, will be about 0.34o from each other. This is less than the diameter of the full Moon, which coincidentally is less than 24 hours after this close conjunction between Venus and Jupiter.

   While the ‘celestial action’ is obviously over the western horizon be sure to watch for the near full Moon to be rising in the east. The waxing gibbous Moon is located to the left or east from the planet Saturn and the reddish star, Antares in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion.

   Venus has moved within about 0.30o from Jupiter. See some pictures of the two planets taken nearly daily for about the last two weeks.


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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