Close Pairing of Venus and Jupiter [★]

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

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