Looking up at Jupiter and Venus is never easier at this time of year. They’re in fact side by side in the western sky. Many people find Astronomy a fascinating subject and many more find looking up just awe inspiring.
If you’ve ever wondered how to do the math on an object in space according to it’s brightness, you’ll want to check out the article below. Here is an excerpt from that article.
“If you’ve been outside just after sunset and faced west, you’ve almost certainly seen two bright “stars” glaring back at you. Those aren’t stars: they’re Venus and Jupiter, the 3rd and 4th brightest natural objects in the sky (after the Sun and Moon, of course, and I say “natural” because the space station can in fact look brighter than both). As they circle the Sun, every year or so the orbital geometry of the two (and the Earth) sets things up such that they appear very close together in the sky. This is called a conjunction, and when it involves planets this bright, it’s really something to see!”
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