Planetary Conjunction

June 24, 2005 at 10:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

If the sky remains clear west of the Metroplex this weekend, be sure to take time to look at an unusual sight in the sky – the conjunction of three planets. If there are no clouds intervening, Venus will be easy to spot. It’s the brightest object in the NW sky, about 30 minutes after sunset. Above and to the left of Venus will be the giant ringed planet Saturn. But because of it’s much greater distence from earth, it won’t be as bright. And to the lower right of Venus will be dim Mercury. It will be much easier to spot with binoculars.

The three planets will be close enough together, that if you outstretch your arm, your thumb will cover all three planets at once. We won’t see another conjunction this tight until 2030. So go outside around 9pm, and look towards the northwest, just above the horizon.

For more information, check out the following link:
http://skyandtelescope.com/observing/article_1534_1.asp

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