In the past few days, the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, have been visible very close to each other in the evening sky, setting in the west a couple of hours after the Sun. This is a line of sight effect as viewed from the Earth, so that although Venus and Jupiter are hundreds of millions of km apart in space, their angular separation on the sky is very small.
Venus-Jupiter Conjunction, February 1999
Blue = Earth
Red = Venus
Orange = Jupiter
Venus and Jupiter come within a degree on the sky every year or two, but the alignment this time is particularly close, as happens only every decade or so.
Last Revised: 24th February 1999
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