Sunday, July 19, 2015

Tonight's Sky for July 19: Dropping Venus

About a week ago, when I pointed out that Venus and Jupiter were now separated by 5 degrees, I hinted that there was one final act to the planetary dance and tonight, this change is now obvious in that Venus is now clearly below Jupiter. Coming up to the conjunction, Venus was, far and away, the higher of the planets. Following conjunction, the two seemed almost welded at the same altitude while pulling away from each other. Now, though, the heights have clearly flipped as Venus now leads Jupiter into the Sun's glare for an upcoming period of invisibility. 

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