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Jupiter and Venus meet by the Beehive

10 Aug 2014, 00:00 UTC
Jupiter and Venus meet by the Beehive
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I hope you're not too busy to check out a little beehive of activity in the morning sky during the next two weeks. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending August 16, 2014

I hope you’re not too busy to check out a little beehive of activity in the morning sky during the next two weeks. Jupiter is already closing in on a star cluster officially named Praesepe but often informally called the Beehive. Venus is a little farther from the Beehive, but it’s moving toward it too and faster than Jupiter.
The two planets will be side by side on the morning of the 18th. Less than a quarter of a degree apart, you’ll easily see them together in binoculars or a telescope. And they’ll be right next to the Beehive which will give you a wondrous sight! It will be even better if you can see Jupiter’s moons too.
After the 18th, Venus continues on its way below the star cluster. In the coming weeks, it will get harder to see as it approaches the sun. In the real three-dimensional solar system, Venus will be on the other side of the sun in late ...

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