Venus-Jupiter Conjunction in the Evening Sky, on Saturday, August 27, 2016


Venus and Jupiter will be very close to each other in the evening sky soon after sunset on Saturday the 27th. If you have a telescope, and using low magnification, you will be able to see both planets in your eyepiece. You will also be able to see the Galilean Moons of Jupiter which include Io, Ganymede, Europa and Callisto. This doesn't happen much so get out there this Saturday, and look along the western horizon for two bright "stars." A fun event!

 

Our Moon on August 27th - August 29th, one hour before sunrise.

The software for this image is free and can be found at http://www.stellarium.org/.
It's also great to use if you want to know what the Moon looks like three days or three years from now.
It's very easy to use! (My fireflies are rugged in all weather conditions!)

 


Annular Eclipse of the Sun Over Africa On September 1, 2016

 

 

Venus in the evening sky forty-five minutes after sunset from mid-July 2016 through mid-April 2017 (275 days)


Venus will reach superior conjunction on June 6th, or another way of saying it, Venus will be on the opposite side of the Sun away from us. Anyway, I have this animation setup from July 15th of this year through April 15th, 2017. The most interesting date is on August 27th when Jupiter and Venus will be a little less than 8 arc-minutes apart.

I have inserted a small view of what you would see if you were to watch Venus through a telescope over the coming months. Venus starts off small and round in July. As the days progress, Venus becomes larger and closer to the Earth, and it goes through various phases of illumination much like the Moon. By the time it reaches March 2017, Venus will have a thin crescent phase. Venus will reach inferior conjunction on March 25th 2017.

I have another animation like the one you are seeing now, but with the Moon added in at a slower frame rate (and no music).

The music is from Mark Knopfler from the movie soundtrack Local Hero (Whistle Theme) - highly recommended!

 

 

Opposition of Mars and Saturn in the Constellations of Libra and Scorpius
Opposition of Mars occurs on May 22

(with closest approach to Earth occuring on May 30th at a distance of 47 million miles)

 

 

Total Eclipse of the Sun - August 21, 2017 - USA
This magnificent eclipse is now one and a half years away! Are you ready?
Visit my eclipse page with new states being added constantly!

 


Greatest duration or maximum darkness for this eclipse will occur in Illinois and not Kentucky! USNO says 2 minutes and 44 seconds, and NASA says 2 minutes and 40 seconds. I guess we will have to wait until 2017 to find out who was right!

Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen from the great state of Kentucky next year!

 

Total Eclipse of the Moon on January 31, 2018 as Seen from the United States

 

 

 

 

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Updated on August 27, 2016