Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Jupiter and Venus from Earth
Posted on 03/17/2012 10:20:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: It was visible around the world. The sunset conjunction of Jupiter and Venus was visible last week almost no matter where you lived on Earth. Anyone on the planet with a clear western horizon at sunset could see them. This week the two are still notable, even though Jupiter has sunk below the brighter Venus. And if you look higher in the sky you can see Mars as well. Pictured above, a creative photographer traveled away from the town lights of Szubin, Poland to image a near closest approach of the two planets almost a week ago. The bright planets were separated only by three degrees and his daughter striking a humorous pose. A faint red sunset still glowed in the background. Although this conjunction is drawing to a close, another conjunction between Venus and Jupiter will occur next May.
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It has been quite a show.
WOW! What pictures! I have been following this event, and tonight, for the first time, I saw depth between Jupiter and Venus. Instead of seeing the two planets flat against the sky, I could actually see that Venus is closer. It was really cool!
Following the conjunction’s progress as the days pass is even more fun when you realize that people all over the world are also watching.
Very awesome! (now, if only the person would get out of the way!)
“No matter where you lived on earth”?.......you gotta be standin’ on somethin’.
Now THAT’S cool! :-)