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The Great Twilight Planet Show rolls into town

20 Feb 2012, 19:28 UTC
The Great Twilight Planet Show rolls into town
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Have you been watching the light show in the western sky these past few weeks? Jupiter and Venus has been ever-so-slowly drawing closer together during evening twilight. Like two lovers in a lengthy courtship, these two planets were clearly meant … Continue reading →

Venus (lower planet) and Jupiter vie for attention in the western sky yesterday during twilight. Photo: Bob King
Have you been watching the light show in the western sky these past few weeks? Jupiter and Venus has been ever-so-slowly drawing closer together during evening twilight. Like two lovers in a lengthy courtship, these two planets were clearly meant for each other. They’ll prove it come March 12 through the 14th when they’re closest together for the year at just three degrees apart. The time of closest approach occurs on the night of the 13th. Watch it from your front yard or from downtown Chicago – these two luminaries are bright enough for anyone to see.
Watch Venus and Jupiter move together and then glide past each other in the western sky at dusk over the next several weeks. Mercury joins the scene later this month. Created with Stellarium
There are two reasons the planets are approaching ...

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