Jupiter, Venus to converge in the twilight sky on June 30

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jun 20, 2015, 8:35 pm IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 7:53 pm IST
On June 30, Venus and Jupiter will be a jaw-dropping 1/3rd of a degree apart
On June 30, Venus and Jupiter will be a jaw-dropping 1/3rd of a degree apart
 On June 30, Venus and Jupiter will be a jaw-dropping 1/3rd of a degree apart

If you are a stargazer, June is the month for you! Throughout the month, the two brightest planets in the night sky, Venus and Jupiter, are going to converge for a jaw-dropping close encounter. And you can witness the two planets shining bright, from you backyard, during the twilight.

During the first two weeks of June, Venus and Jupiter converged till they were only about 10 degrees apart. In fact, every night in June, the separation between Venus and Jupiter will visibly shrink.

 

On June 19th, the crescent Moon joined the show. On that evening, the Moon, Venus and Jupiter formed a bright isosceles triangle in the sunset sky. Even tonight you can see the trio using a telescope.

However, the main event occurs on June 30th. On that night, Venus and Jupiter will be a jaw-dropping 1/3rd of a degree apart.  That's less than the diameter of a full Moon. You'll be able to hide the pair not just behind the palm of your outstretched hand, but behind your little pinky finger.

Enjoy the skywatching!

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