2016: A Year of Lunar and Planetary Conjunctions

Friends, 2015 was a very interesting year for conjunctions of the Moon and planets.  Long-time readers of this newsletter and other experienced sky observers understand that the classical planets are among the brightest objects in the sky, and are brighter that the actual fixed stars. The planet Venus is blazingly bright, the third brightest object in the sky, exceeded in … Continue reading

Morning Conjunction of Venus and Mars

MORNING CONJUNCTIONS CONTINUE!!!! After its maximum elongation, Venus begins to move toward the east, and will steadily draw closer to the sunrise through June, 2016. The morning dance of the planets of October continues into November when Venus lines up with Mars on the morning of Tuesday, November 3. Keep an eye on Mars into 2016, as it reaches opposition … Continue reading

Morning Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter

MORNING PLANETARY CONJUNCTIONS: On the morning of Sunday, October 25, Venus and Jupiter are lined up in a conjunction, and Mars is still sharing the sky with these brighter objects. On this day, Venus is at its greatest western elongation, and is therefore at its maximum distance from the rising Sun, so these two will be pretty high above the … Continue reading

Morning Conjunction of Mars and Jupiter

  MORNING PLANETARY CONJUNCTION: Keep an eye on the morning planets in October, to observe their magnificent planetary dance. Mars and Jupiter line up in a conjunction on the morning of Saturday, October 17. But if you are up and around each morning before then, notice the subtle changes in the positions of these bodies from day to day. Start … Continue reading

OCTOBER MORNING PLANETS!

OCTOBER MORNING PLANETS! In the month of October, 2015, the Sun is aligned with the constellation Virgo, and four of the five visible planets are to the west of the Sun in the constellation Leo, and thus can be seen in the morning sky, before sunrise. Jupiter and Venus are shining brightly, and are joined by Mars and Mercury! Follow … Continue reading

Earlybird Special!!! Morning Planets of Autumn, 2015

If you were reading our newsletter in the spring and summer of 2015, you read that we enjoyed a rare extended alignment of the blazingly bright planets Jupiter and Venus.  If you missed those newsletters, you can read them in the online newsletter archive. As we frequently explain, Venus and Jupiter are the brightest “stars” visible in the sky, respectively … Continue reading

Jupiter and Venus – Final Evening Conjunction of 2015

LAST LUNAR CONJUNCTION! Venus and Jupiter are descending together into the sunset throughout July, following their big conjunction on June 30. Keep an eye on these planets on the evenings of Friday, July 17, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 as the waxing crescent Moon joins the scene. This will be the last evening conjunction of the season between … Continue reading

Venus-Jupiter Conjunction: Observer’s Report

  CONJUNCTION REPORT: The weather was a tease all day, with thunderstorms and intermittent showers in between breaks of Sun. I had already committed to setting up my telescope at our church, but had low expectations. But God was gracious and provided everyone a view that we could not have expected. About 30 people arrived at the church, and a … Continue reading

Jupiter and Venus Converge!

  PLANETARY CONUNCTION!!!! At last!!! On the night of Tuesday, June 30, Jupiter and Venus will be right on top of each other! At the precise moment of conjunction, best visible from Australia and the Pacific Ocean, Jupiter and Venus will be separated by a mere 0.4 degrees. This is LESS than a single diameter of the Moon! To put … Continue reading

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