Letter: Planetary conjunction in the evening sky


Posted by on Wed, November 26, 2008

Planetary conjunction, created with Starry Night software.

If you’ve gazed west after sunset, you’ve probably seen two bright lights converging over the last month or so. These are the planets Venus and Jupiter, with Venus being the brighter one.

On November 30 and December 1 the planets will be about a finger width apart. As a special bonus, they will be joined by the new crescent moon. Luckily, this time, the weather forecast looks good for those two nights.

Have fun.

Ric Lohman

Comment 1
Wed, November 26, 2008 4:03pm
Barry Parr
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Thanks for posting this. I saw the planets in the sky the other night and recognized Jupiter, but had no idea what the other body was.  This should be pretty cool.

It was a gorgeous sunset tonight at about 5:30 - the moon was low in the south western sky, the planet were up and to the left.  This is something worth taking the time to see.