Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tonight's Sky for June 30: Venus and Jupiter Are at Their Closest, 1/5th Degree Separation

Well, this is it: Venus and Jupiter, 2nd and 5th planets from the Sun and 3rd and 4th brightest objects in the sky, respectively, are only about 1/5th of an angular degree apart from each other. Needless to say, all but the most eagle-eyed observers will need some optical aid to be able to see the gap between the two. The good news: even a weak, 5x power pair of binoculars will easily to the trick. Also, for people who have a long zoom camera, be sure to take a picture as this is a planetary conjunction of historical significance

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