Tuesday/ the Venus and Jupiter conjunction

There was a smattering of stargazers and their telescopes out at Volunteer Park on Tuesday night when I walked by there.    I soon found out the excitement was over the two brightest planets in the night sky – Venus and Jupiter – that were to appear very close together in the night sky.   They only appear to do so, though, because of their locations in the night sky. At the time of the conjunction, Venus was 49 million miles from Earth while Jupiter was more than 10 times farther, 564 million miles. Check out this video from NASA.   As time goes by, the planets appear closer together.

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