SUNSET SKY SHOW: Warning. Stepping outside at sunset could cause you to throw up your hands and shout, Look at that! McKenzie Watson experienced the phenomenon just last night in Jonesborough, Tennessee:
“McKenzie couldn’t help but celebrate the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter,”explains photographer Mark Marquette. “It was breathtaking.”
Anyone can have a similar experience in the nights ahead. Just step outside after sunset and face west. Venus and Jupiter are less than a degree apart. Don’t wait until the sky fades to black. A tight conjunction of Venus and Jupiter framed by twilight blue has a special beauty that you won’t want to miss.
Spectacular Venus-Jupiter conjunction on June 30
Venus And Jupiter Set For A Close Encounter Tuesday Night
The night of closest approach is June 30th, when Venus and Jupiter will be only 1/3rd of a degree apart. If you have binoculars or a small telescope, point them at the planets. Both will fit in the same field of view, allowing you to see the fat crescent phase of Venus and the moons of Jupiter simultaneously. It’s a great way to end the day.