Nighttime Sky dazzlingly illuminated, thanks to Venus and Jupiter’s Conjunction
Some planets up there in the cosmos seem to have made plans to meet and party, and the venue is the western sky where the second and fifth planets of our solar system will come closer until they are just one-third of a degree apart on June 30 and July 1.
Presently, Venus and Jupiter are about 9 degrees apart and are continually approaching nearer and because of their conjunction, the nighttime sky will be so illuminated that one could doubt it for a UFO.
Jim Craig, director of the James H. Lynn Planetarium at the Schiele Museum, explained that the ‘Conjunctions’ describes pairings in the sky and it occur rather often. Craig added that the planets are not actually getting closer to one another but they just appear that way.
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NASA has reported that by Thursday, June 18, the two will be about 6 degrees apart and on Friday the moon is expected to make a cameo appearance and all three, the moon, Jupiter and Venus will ‘form a bright isosceles triangle in the sunset sky’.
Craig further told that since Venus is so bright that it is hard for some to believe it’s a natural object and so it is mistaken for a UFO. Craig stated,” Especially for people driving west toward Kings Mountain, They’ll see Venus go from one side of the road to the other, but they don’t realize the curvature in the road”.
Venus is the second brightest natural object and Jupiter is the Third brightest object in the nighttime sky, first being the moon but Venus shines about five times brighter than Jupiter.
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