Venus and Jupiter, June 30, 2015

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Brilliant Venus and bright Jupiter are at their closest this evening as seen from the Chicago area.  They appear less than an apparent moon diameter apart.

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Venus is over 11 times brighter than Jupiter.

 

For more about the conjunction, see this summary article.

See this article for more as Venus as an Evening Star.

Venus and Jupiter, June 29, 2015

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Brilliant Venus and bright Jupiter gleam from the western sky this evening as seen from the Chicago area. The pair is about 3/4 degree apart this evening and Venus is nearly 11.5 times brighter than Jupiter.  Tomorrow night is the closest of this Great Epoch Conjunction of 2015 when the planets are half the separation they are this evening.

For more about the conjunction, see this summary article.

See this article for more as Venus as an Evening Star.

Venus and Jupiter, June 23, 2015

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Just one week before the Great Epoch Conjunction of 2015, brilliant Venus is 4 degrees from Jupiter in the western sky as seen from the Chicago area.   The star Regulus is about 10 degrees to the upper left of Jupiter.  Venus is over 10 times brighter than the Giant Planet as Venus approaches its greatest brightness during this evening appearance.  On June 30, Venus and Jupiter appear nearly 15 times closer than they are tonight!

For more about the conjunction, see this summary article.

See this article for more as Venus as an Evening Star.

Venus and Jupiter, June 21, 2015

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On this solstice evening, brilliant Venus and bright Jupiter shine from the western sky as seen from the Chicago area.  Just 9 days until the Great Epoch Conjunction of 2015, the planets are 5 degrees apart tonight.  Venus is 10 times brighter than Jupiter.

For more about the conjunction, see this summary article.

See this article for more as Venus as an Evening Star.

Venus, Jupiter and Moon, June 19, 2015

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Venus, Jupiter and the moon shine through the clouds this evening.  (To see Jupiter, click the image to see it larger.  The planet appears to the left of its name label on the image.) Venus and Jupiter are 6.5 degrees apart with the moon 7 degrees below Venus.  Tonight we are 11 days before the Great Epoch Conjunction of 2015, when the two planets appear less than an apparent full moon diameter apart.

For more about the conjunction, see this summary article.

See this article for more as Venus as an Evening Star.

Venus and Jupiter Tonight, June 8, 2015

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Brilliant Venus and bright Jupiter shine from the western sky this evening as seen from the Chicago area.  Just 22 days before the 2015 Epoch Conjunction, the planetary pair is 14 degrees apart tonight with the star Regulus 12 degrees to the upper left of Jupiter.  Venus is 9.5 times brighter than the Jupiter. A week from tonight they appear 9 degrees apart.

For more about the conjunction, see this summary article.

See this article for more as Venus as an Evening Star.

Venus & Jupiter (and Saturn), June 5, 2015

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Brilliant Venus and Jupiter shine from the western sky this evening as seen from the Chicago area.  Just 25 days before the 2015 Epoch Conjunction, the two planets are 17 degrees apart this evening.  Venus is 8 degrees to the upper left of the star Pollux. Notice how Venus far Jupiter has moved since June 1st (here). Jupiter is about 13 degrees to the lower right of the star Regulus.

For more about the conjunction, see this summary article.

See this article for more as Venus as an Evening Star.

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Meanwhile, Saturn appears in the southeastern sky at the same time the bright planets gleam from the western sky.  This ringed wonder is about 11 degrees to the upper left of the star Antares.  If you click the two images displayed here you can see distinct  colors with Antares, Regulus, Castor and Pollux.

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