While those with telescopes should be able to easily distinguish between the planets, there is a chance that some observers with the naked eye may witness common radioactive interference between the two.
The conjunction will be ongoing early on the morning of May 1, but as the planets head toward their separate directions in the night sky, the duo will exchange their positions.
In addition to Venus and Jupiter, the sky will be adorned by three other planets, although they will be visible only to sky watchers in the city and stargazers using a telescope. In more rural areas, two other planets – Mars and Saturn – have already traced a perfect line as the Solar System still dazzles in glorious splendor. They will continue to do so in the coming days.
“Conjunction” occurs when two planets, from the point of preference of the Earth, appear to pass one another in the sky. Although there is no definitive scale that says how close they should be, the generally accepted definition is within two degrees. The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets in our sky, is known as “major conjunctions.”
On December 21, 2020, the most exciting Great Conjugation occurred in 800 years Bring Saturn and Jupiter Just a tenth of a degree difference. For comparison, if you held your hand at arm’s length and closed one eye, the apparent width of your pinky finger would be about a degree. Imagine a piece of it. This has to do with how close Jupiter will be to Saturn in 2020. They’ve been the closest they’ve been together since March 5, 1226, and the best gorgeous conjunction until 2080.
What a magical second, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn lined up in a straight line at dawn
Unfortunately, the building on the left hindered my view, so I had to wait for Jupiter to appear, but the sky became brighter and Mars and Saturn disappeared.
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Technically speaking, there is nothing to say a planet or celestial body cannot pass in front of another. It happens all the time with the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon. When the moon completely blocks the sun and prevents sunlight from reaching the earth, this is a total solar eclipse. Eclipses occur when objects are approximately the same size as they appear in the sky.
Otherwise, an object that appears smaller may cross the face of an object that appears much larger, resembling a small spot centered as blemishes on whatever obscures it. This is called transit. Venus periodically transits in front of the Sun, and does so every 243 years. Mercury transits are a little more frequent Last time it happened on November 11, 2019with the next scheduled for November 13, 2032. These are the only two planets that allow us to see a solar transit, given that their orbits are closer to the sun than we Earthlings do.
Saturday morning’s show between Venus and Jupiter wouldn’t be a “wonderful” pairing for the books, but it would still be “cool” by virtue of being both scientifically captivating and visually stimulating.
Venus will appear brighter in the lower right than the squiggly planets, while Jupiter skips slightly above and to the left.
Your best bet to enjoy the crossing is to look east before sunrise on Saturday, April 30th. The best time to do this would be the dawn and twilight hours. That’s because Venus is the second closest planet to the sun, so to see it usually requires the sun to be relatively close in the sky – which is only the case at sunrise or sunset.
Venus will be about 92.9 million miles from Earth on Saturday morning, or roughly the same distance as the Sun. This may sound like a lot, but consider Jupiter. You’ll be 526.6 million miles away. Although the two are more than 430 million miles apart, they would appear close to where they are only because of where they are in their orbits.
You will be able to tell which is the flower because it will be brighter and zero. This is thanks to thick clouds of sulfuric acid that block its atmosphere, trapping heat and allowing the atmosphere to reach a temperature of more than 900 degrees. (Venus’s atmosphere is 90 times heavier than Earth’s, meaning anyone on the surface would be burned to death, crushed to death and poisoned to death in one go. Tourism to Venus is not recommended under current guidelines.)
On the other hand, Jupiter may appear to have a reddish tinge to the naked eye. The gas giant rotates every 10 hours, which means that every day on Earth carries about 2.4 Jupiter days, but a “year” on Jupiter is actually 12 years long as it takes that long to orbit the sun.
On Sunday morning, Venus and Jupiter are still flirting in close proximity, but they will go their separate ways — Jupiter will rush up and right while Venus is low on the horizon.
Both weekends will also allow Mars and Saturn to be seen under ideal conditions, but they will be fainter and harder to see. Just trace a line straight from Venus and Jupiter and you might bump into them. If your sky is dark enough, it can be a very special photoshoot.
As if that weren’t enough, parts of South America will enjoy a partial solar eclipse on Saturday, making the sun look like a sickle or crescent. We will see a total lunar eclipse on the states side on the night of May 15-16.