Close Pairing of Venus and Jupiter [★]Sunday, April 01, 2012
Last March 14, the planetary arrangement of our solar system caused one very rare astronomical event to happen, that is -- the very close conjunction of two of the brightest planet as seen from Earth, Jupiter and Venus.
For the last several weeks, the two objects moved gradually closer every night.
|January 31, 2012|
|February 9, 2012|
|February 16, 2012|
At the start of the month of March, the planet pairing can be spotted in the sky a few minutes after sunset, and the night of March 14 is their closest, after which these two would gradually move again to opposite directions across the night sky.
|March 14, 2012|
It is indeed an eye-catching sight in the night sky.
For actual images of the pairing, visit a friend of mine's astronomy blog.
*Unfortunately I was not able to see the closest position of the pairing during that night because I have work and the Western sky was blocked from my view. T^T
--Photos taken from Stellarium software