Mars and Venus Conjoin

This is not about: “She’s from Venus; he’s from … an alternate universe?” This is about two real planets in conjunction.35 Stunning Hi-Res 35 Stunning Hi-Res

Public domain images courtesy of Jay Hilgert

Named after Roman gods who, at least in theory, controlled the solar system as Rome did much of Europe, Mars and Venus now appear setting close together in the night sky. Today they will set about 10 minutes apart. On Saturday, February 21, they will set the sky aflame!

And the view on Friday, February 20, is nothing to sneeze at, either.  Mars, Venus, and the crescent moon will all be setting together.

Also see Sky and Telescope:
and timing for England

“No matter where you live worldwide, just look west. We’ll all see these worlds, though their orientation to each other and your horizon might look different from our chart.”

Last weekend in the mountains I saw Jupiter rising in the east 35 Stunning Hi-Res

and, 180 degrees opposite in the west, Venus setting. Head-turning.

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6 Responses to Mars and Venus Conjoin

  1. The Emu says:

    Interesting post Monica, its Saturday here tomorrow.
    Just wondering if the time zones make a difference in dates.

  2. beeblu says:

    Magnificent. One cannot fathom the expanse of the universe, its galaxies, its stars and its endless mysteries.

    • Monica says:

      I saw Venus, Mars, and the crescent moon close together tonight. A snow storm began to move in just at dusk, and clouds filled the sky. I had just about given up hope when the clouds parted and there they were. My camera and tripod were ready, but the pictures did not come out. My settings were too slow. I’ll try again tomorrow. Any chance you had a good sighting?

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