Morning Sky | Jupiter-Venus Conjunction

Plan to rise before sunrise on several mornings between August 16 – 23. Check the weather forecast to see if clear skies are expected. If they are, you might witness one of the most beautiful pairings of planets for this year. Each morning, Jupiter and Venus appear close and a different distance apart. On the morning of August 18th, they will be closest to each other, about the width of a full moon.

If you have reliably clear morning skies, a series of photographs would be an interesting project. The details and helpful directions about the conjunction are in this video from Science @ NASA. Enjoy the show.

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16 thoughts on “Morning Sky | Jupiter-Venus Conjunction

  1. Wish I had a telescope!

    I did get a real treat back in 2000 when they had an alignment of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn and I was able to schedule an astronomer from Lick Observatory to come down for an evening astronomy lesson…he brought a very nice telescope with him and the views were incredible. The kids were blown out…how often do you get a chance to see these beauties with your own eye? 😀

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  2. Thanks for the reminder. Morning conjunctions are good here, because ESE is out over the bay and there can be great viewing. I suspect we’ll be clear, too. We’ve been getting afternoon showers with the seabreeze, but mornings have been great.

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  3. I hope morning sky upon Saint-Petersburg will be clean enough to observe this conjunction. But now there are a lot of clouds in the sky. I wanna to use binoculars and see Venus, Jupiter with its satellites and M44.

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  4. When my alarm goes off in the morning, I’m noticing that it’s darker than it was a few weeks ago. I’ll have to look at the sky when I get up.

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  5. Planets are so far away that we see them essentially in two dimensions, but of course they’re in space, so planets that appear in conjunction are still millions of miles apart. We can extrapolate the illusion to constellations, where member stars are enormous distances apart. In the case of two stars in a constellation that seem equally bright, one can actually be much brighter and more massive than other, but much farther away from us. Without the illusion created by compressing three dimensions into two, the classical constellations wouldn’t exist.

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    • So right you are. A teacher colleague did an exercise with his freshmen using the Big Dipper stars showing they were not the same distances. Only one viewpoint actually showed the BD shape.

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