I wrote about this in an earlier blog, but I just wanted to give you a reminder about Saturday’s very close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter low in the western sky shortly after sundown. Tonight, the duo will be about 1° apart, on Saturday just 0.1° (⅕ of the moon’s diameter) and on Sunday they’ll separate again to 1° before parting ways. The two planets may appear to almost touch when viewed with the naked eye.
It’s the closest conjunction of Venus and Jupiter this year, so you don’t want to miss it. Face west starting about 25 minutes after sunset and look about 4° (about two fingers held together at arm’s length) above the due west point of the horizon. Since this is very low, be sure you find a location with a wide open view in that direction.
Venus is the brighter planet, so you’ll see it first. Once you’ve found Venus, use the animation to help you find nearby Jupiter. If you’re having any trouble with either planet sweep back and forth just above the western horizon with a pair of binoculars.
Happy planet-finding and please send me a photo at firstname.lastname@example.org if you get something you like, so I can share with our readers. (Photographers, thank you all so much for your images! They let people like myself who got stuck with clouds see what we missed.)