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Look Skyward Tonight At Sunset For A Sight

August 27, 2016

When the sun goes down tonight, Aug. 27th, step outside and look west. Venus and Jupiter are having an amazing close encounter–only 1/15th of a degree apart. If you hold a pencil at arm’s length, the eraser would cover both planets at once. The best place to see this conjunction is from the southern hemisphere.

This conjunction is easy to see in the southern hemisphere where the planets are high in the sky. Not so on the other side of the equator. In the northern hemisphere, Venus and Jupiter hug the horizon at sunset, barely visible in the orange glow of early twilight. This shot from Manhattan shows what to expect.

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