Catch a Fine Lunar Planetary Grouping This Weekend

Image Credit: Andrew Symes (@FailedProtostar).

Venus, Jupiter and the waxing crescent Moon grouped up last lunation on the evening of June 20th.Image Credit: Andrew Symes (@FailedProtostar).

Phew! Our eyes and thoughts have been cast so far out into the outer reaches of the solar system following New Horizons and Pluto this week, that we’re just now getting to the astronomical action going on in our own backyard.

You’ll recall that Venus and Jupiter have made a fine pairing in the evening sky since their close approach on July 1st. Despite some of the incredulous ‘Star of Bethlehem’ claims that this was a conjunction that happens ‘once every two thousand years,’ this sort of pairing is actually quite common. In fact, Venus and Jupiter are set to meet up again in the dawn sky later this year on October 25th.(…)
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