Huestis: Venus and Jupiter Appear to Merge
Saturday, August 27, 2016
However, you will need an absolutely dead horizon to be able to see this event, since Jupiter and Venus will be about three degrees due west off the horizon.
Should you have access to a good observing site binoculars will enhance your view. But if you have even a small telescope, a low magnification eyepiece will show both planets in the same field of view. Jupiter’s four Galilean moons will be visible to one side of the planet, and Venus’ disk will appear 93% illuminated, looking like a waxing gibbous Moon phase.
The experience will be well worth your efforts.
Jupiter will then soon be lost to view, but Venus will continue to move higher into the sky as the days progress and will be a beacon in the western sky for months to come.
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