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Venus and Jupiter. The solar system with the naked eye

Venus and Jupiter. The solar system with the naked eye

On June 30 and July 1, 2015, the conjunction of two of the planets of our Solar System, Venus and Jupiter, could be observed with the naked eye. By planetary conjunction the approach in the firmament of several planets is known. This approach is purely visual, since in reality the planets still maintain a distance of millions of kilometers.

In the case of the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter of 2015, the third and fourth brightest objects in our visible sky, came so close that it seemed they were going to melt. Planetary conjunctions are a relatively common phenomenon, since in 2012 there was another approach of Venus and Jupiter.

At the beginning of July 2015 the distance between Venus and Jupiter was apparently minimal, less than the diameter of the Moon. The conjunction could be seen between the constellations of Leo and Cancer. Actually, at that time, Venus was halfway between the Earth and the Sun from us, while Jupiter was six times the distance between the Earth and the Sun.

The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in 2015 has been one of the most spectacular approaches that have been seen with the naked eye in a long time. However, on August 27, 2016, the approximation will be even greater, since Venus and Jupiter are expected to be only 0.06 degrees, practically overlapping.

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