Spectacular August Conjunction of Jupiter & Venus

Get up early this week and witness a spectacular conjunction. You don’t want to miss this one!

A conjunction is when two or more solar objects objects appear unusually close together. If you watch the objects over a period of time, say one week, you will notice how the objects are moving together and then apart. A conjunction usually involves two, or more, solar system objects. The objects aren’t really moving together. They just happen to be on the same plane, the ecliptic and the same right ascension, time in the sky. A conjunction is only a matter of perspective as viewed from earth. In this conjunction, Venus and Jupiter appear to be on a path to distraction. Actually, we know that the objects are millions of miles apart and could never collide.

Soooooo, get up a little earlier in the morning and look for the show in the East.

Here is my picture of the event. Fl 200mm, at f/5.6, 1/000 sec ISO 1600. The two planets were about a finger’s width apart. The sun was coming up faster than I expected. It would have been more spatular if the sky was darker. For the next event I will get up earlier.

Jupiter & Venus Conjunction 5:55 am Aug 18, 2014

Jupiter & Venus Conjunction 5:55 am Aug 18, 2014

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Greg Eckes

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I am a retired music teacher. I make custom violins and violas. I play violin in the Tulare County Symphony and fiddle in the Tule River Bluegrass Band. I like camping and astronomy.

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2 thoughts on “Spectacular August Conjunction of Jupiter & Venus

  1. Deva-Denise August 18, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Beautiful! I’m looking forward to the crecent moon view on the 23rd. Going to get my camera ready! Need to find more time for nighttime photography and this is a perfect photo opportunity. Thanks Greg!

  2. Greg Eckes
    Greg Eckes August 18, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I got up about 5:30 and looked from my back yard and could not see the conjunction. I went into the front yard and there it was about 2:00 high. The two planets were about a fingers width apart. The sun was coming up fast and the sky was getting bright. I took my picture at 5:55 am.

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