Articles tagged "conjunction"


SOHO observes an amazing solar eclipse of Jupiter on June 19, 2013

On June 19, 2013 NASA`s SOHO coronagraphs observed an eclipse of Jupiter by the Sun, as the planet got directly behind the solar disk; being totally obscured. This event is a rare Jupiter solar conjunction, that happens only twice within Jupiter`s 12-year orbit around

June 19, 2013


A rare total eclipse of Jupiter by the Sun on June 19, 2013

Planet Jupiter began the month of June 2013 being positioned very low in the west sky just after sunset. However soon it will disappear into the solar glare, as Jupiter is approaching the Sun for a solar conjunction on June 19, 2013. At that time Jupiter will

June 14, 2013


Triple conjunction in the sunset sky on May 26, 2013

The three brightest planets in this month's night sky are lining up for a remarkable sunset conjunction at the end of May.  On May 26, 2013, in a triple conjunction, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury will form a tight triangle only three degrees

May 23, 2013

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Venus, Jupiter and the crescent Moon alignment this week

On March 24th, 25th and 26th, Venus, Jupiter and crescent Moon will appear side by side again in the western sky at sunset. Best time for observing the sky show is before the sky fades completely black. These bright objects are extra-beautiful when they are framed by

March 23, 2012

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Jupiter meets Venus - 3° apart at their closest approach on March 13th

Venus and Jupiter are the second and third brightest objects in the night sky, after the Moon. Every evening Venus has appeared higher and Jupiter lower on the western sky. Now they're about to cross paths. From now until March 17th the two planets will be within 5°

March 11, 2012

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Skywatcher's guide: Triple conjunction

If the weather is clear this weekend, even those who normally do not look at the sky may be struck by a dazzling celestial scene in the west after sunset: a view of two bright planets and an even more eye-catching crescent moon. You can catch them before the sky fades

February 26, 2012

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Rare sight: Mercury to meet Mars at dawn on Tuesday

Skywatchers set your alarm clocks: On Tuesday morning (April 19), Mercury will appear to have a close encounter with Mars. In reality, the two planets will actually be separated by about 161 million miles (259 million kilometers), but in Earth’s sky they will...

April 18, 2011