Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tonight's Sky for May 12: Venus and Jupiter are Separated by 40 Degrees


Tonight, Venus and Jupiter, 3rd and 4th brightest objects in the sky and 2nd and 5th planets from the Sun, respectively, will be separated by about 40 angular degrees. Now, while that's nothing unusual in itself, the planets will continue to converge, coming to within a fifth of a degree of each other by the end of June, which means that it could be fun to observe and photograph (it's easy!) the planets over the course of the next 7 weeks or so.

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