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20150618 venus, jupiter and waxing moon

The countdown is on for the end of June when Jupiter and Venus come within about 1 degree of each during their conjuction! Look outside after dusk to the West to see them. Venus appears larger and brighter on the right. Not shown in the photo is Regulus, part of the Leo constellation – it can be seen to the left of Jupiter, almost forming a line. The next few nights will provide us with great views with the moon appearing closer to the two planets. Get out and look!

From left to right: Mt Tam, Jupiter, Venus, waxing Moon

6 responses

  1. Tom Dautrich

    Thanks for the heads up!

    Sent from my iPad


    June 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    • My pleasure, thanks for reading!

      June 19, 2015 at 5:39 pm

  2. Thank you for the explanation of what i was seeing regarding the planetary views!

    June 19, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    • Thanks for reading and replying!

      June 19, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      • have had a question from an observation week or so back where i saw what looked like a tiny “bluish” star” in the sky betw/ the moon and jupiter … higher and moe faint in illumination … what might that be?

        June 29, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      • Hi, I am guessing that what you saw is Regulus, part of the Leo constellation. It is still positioned just to the left and a bit above the two planets.

        June 30, 2015 at 5:37 pm

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