The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter
What do you say about that?
Ahhh. That star…. it’s so bright. I see it almost nearly everyday from my room.
It’s so clear here….. I think this is the same star.
I was rather smiling at my friend at this point.
Etaaa …. You studied Physics your whole life and you don’t even know that this is not a star.
This is planet Venus, the brighter one and the other is Jupiter.
I think this was too harsh for my friend who had just dropped by my house. Anyone looking at these planets would obviously say that these planets are stars. They shine so bright. As for Venus, wow, it is brighter than Sirius (the brightest star in our night sky) nowadays. But how to know if they are not stars. Stars shine and they shimmer in brightness (twinkle), but planets do shine but do not shimmer. Yeah if there is a wind then they would, but if it’s calm they won’t shimmer.
This News Bulletin just released by the The Astronomy And Nature Centre TV gives a good explanation coupled with a presentation on Stellarium.
If you want to get a quick idea of the conjunction in 90 seconds then listen to this podcast. If you ever fantasy tacking a picture of them just give me a shout.
Have your eyes up to the sky and you will appreciate the view.
Posted on March 13, 2012, in Learning the basics, Observation Logs, Planet News and tagged Conjunction (astronomy and astrology), Earth, Jupiter, Night Sky, Planet, Sirius, Venus. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.