Venus and the Heart of the Scorpion

   Over the next several mornings the inner planet Venus will be passing by the ‘Heart’ of Scorpius the Scorpion, the reddish star Antares. The closest the two will be is on the 23rd when Venus and Antares will be 5-6o from each other. A conjunction between Venus and Antares is a regular event in that both are near the ecliptic and will, at times during Venus’s orbit, appear close and other times not as close.

   This animated graphic is set to 1-day intervals and shows the movement of Venus relative to Antares between December 20th to the 30th.


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