Friday, May 24, 2013

3 Planet Dance

Three bright planets continue their dance on the western horizon just after sunset. Follow the show till the end of the month, as Jupiter dives down to meet the Sun and is replaced in our evening sky by even brighter Venus. Venus will then continue to shine as a beacon in the west for the next 11 months.

Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury on May 26, 2013Click the image to watch an animation of the planets and stars from May 20th to June 20th.

On  Sunday, the 3 planets will appear  closest  together make a beautifully tight triangle as shown below.

3-planet dance on May 26, 2013

For more on this conjunction with day to day details see Sky & Telescope

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