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Jupiter And Venus Cozy Up For One Of The Best Conjunctions Of 2020

23 Nov 2019, 17:43 UTC
Jupiter And Venus Cozy Up For One Of The Best Conjunctions Of 2020
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Venus and Jupiter appear over Duluth’s downtown Friday evening an hour after sunset in the southwestern sky. The were just 2° apart at the time. They’ll be even tighter tonight and Sunday. Bob King
Don’t miss what’s happening in the southwestern sky after sundown the next few nights. The sky’s two brightest planets are pairing up for one of the prettiest conjunctions of the year. Yesterday evening I spotted the pair at 4:55 p.m. local time just 35 minutes after sundown. Venus was obvious about 10° high with Jupiter peeking out above it. By 5:15 p.m. the pair was sparklingly obvious hanging over the city of Duluth in the ruddy glow of twilight. Unmissable.
If you have 10x binoculars or a small telescope you’ll be able to see Jupiter’s four brightest moons — two on either side of the planet — Sunday night, Nov. 24. Stellarium
Tonight the planetary duo will be even closer — about 1.5° or three full moons — and reach closest approach of just under 1.5° on Sunday, Nov. 24. Their relative positions shift each night for two reasons. First, the apparent separation of Venus from the sun is increasing which makes the planet move up ...

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