Astronomers have proudly announced that Jupiter and Venus’ close encounter is now visible at night as the two celestial bodies have grown very close to one another. This astronomical phenomenon has been awaited for a month as scientists anticipated that Jupiter and Venus will meet on June 30.
Jupiter and Venus are the third and the fourth brightest objects in the sky. They coexist relatively close to the Sun, but they usually have opposing trajectories. More specifically, when Jupiter circles the Sun on one side, Venus is on the other side.
This month, however, astronomers will witness certain changes in the trajectory of the two celestial bodies. According to science experts, Jupiter will form a unique conjunction with Venus that will be visible at all times during the nights of June.
During the past weeks, Jupiter has been approaching Venus with a slow, but steady speed. On June 30 and all throughout the month of June, the two celestial bodies will be visible on the western side. Passionate people won’t even have to use telescopes to watch the two stars, they can view the phenomenon with their very own eyes.
The safest way to identify the two planets is to look at the two brightest spots on the western skies. Since Jupiter and Venus are very close to the Sun, they will appear incredibly bright on the sky. People will simply have to direct their attention towards the western skies and they will most likely notice the two celestial bodies.
On June 18th, Jupiter and Venus will meet with the moon, as well, as this planet will also come across the two celestial bodies. The distance between the three planets will be smaller than ever. According to scientists’ recent declarations, the circle will have a circumference of 17 arcminutes. This is the closest that the three celestial bodies have ever been.
If you were planning on watching the astronomical phenomenon, you should hurry as experts think the three planets will become less visible with each day. The best moment to see them is in June, even though the conjunction between Jupiter and Venus will most likely last until August 2016.
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