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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Moon-Jupiter-Venus Conjunction


On the nights of November 30th and December 1st, 2008, night sky observers will be treated to a conjunction of our Jupiter, Venus, and the Moon, which will be a thin crescent at the time of this event.

The picture shown to the right shows the arrangement of the three celestial bodies just after dusk on December 1st, 2008. Go outside and look near the horizon and to the West during or just after dusk. They should be pretty obvious when you see them. Jupiter and Venus will be about 2° apart at closest approach. This close approach, combined with a thin crescent moon will make for a great conjunction, with the naked eye or with binoculars. This conjunction would probably be excellent in binoculars as you may be able to see Venus and Jupiter as planetary discs. The whole event will be slightly above the constellation Sagittarius.

Clear skies!

36 comments:

carullos said...

Maybe the best planetary gathering of the year, Jupiter (fortuna major) and Venus (fortuna minor) will create with the Moon an 'unhappy face'.

Sean Welton said...

Haha, didn't realize it would make a frown face with the crescent moon! Unfortunately, it looks like I'll be clouded over for this conjunction. :(

November 26, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Ewan said...

I'm really looking forward to this! Offers a great photographic opportunity. Hopefully the weather will be pretty decent for this here in Scotland. Keeping my fingers, arms, legs and toes crossed!

Sean Welton said...

Got decent weather here in Ohio, at least I got a few pictures...

http://www.visualastronomy.com/2008/11/jupiter-and-venus-nov-27-2008.html

November 27, 2008 at 8:27 PM

Anonymous said...

captivating view greeted me from the sky tonight when I finished work at the fish & chip shop at 9.45pm Victoria Australia
(:

Sean Welton said...

Still raining here... :(

November 30, 2008 at 5:26 PM

Anonymous said...

Built a fire in the backyard and roasted hot dogs with the kids while we waited for the show. Clear skies and great viewing just above the southern horizon.

Justin
Wise River, Montana

Anonymous said...

If you used a telescope it would probly look like you are in space.
I am sooooooooooooo Watching it tonight

Ezekiel Rodriguez said...

In the philippines, it looks like a smiley face. Cool!

observer said...

Someone or something is definitely smiling upon us :D

Jegy Serimg said...

and it appeared on my birthday! :)

Jegy Sering from the philippines....

Colleen said...

Ha, on guam the moon was smiling on us.

Anonymous said...

just took a few pic
here in thailand
looks like smiley :)

Anonymous said...

the conjuction was a smiley. . . it was very clear here in the Philippines

Mark said...

Its was great to see the Moon Smile from Cochin, Kerala, India.. It was visible from 6.00PM .Don knw whether we will live to see the next conjunction.. I am lucky to see it today..

Sean Welton said...

Conjunctions are more common than one would think, however. Usually there are one or two a month, although rarely are they as spectacular as a triple conjunction like this one!

Sean

December 1, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Anonymous said...

1 December 2008
The Moon, Jupiter and Venus conjunction visible here in Galway Ireland from 5.00 p.m. my daughter's birthday. Got some nice shots with 300 mm lens.

Sean Welton said...

Great! Feel free to post a link to the pics! I'd love to see them!

December 1, 2008 at 2:56 PM

ahmetmehmet said...

December 1, 2008
Venus, Jupiter, Crescent Moon Meet in Republic of Turkey.
For pictures:
http://kendihalinde.wordpress.com
and
http://galeri.sabah.com.tr/?galerisec=3306

jov said...

it was clear in the Philippines, and it was smiling! :) we took a pic:
http://keithandjovie.blogspot.com/2008/12/smiling-moon.html

John VanBlack said...

It was BRILLIANT here in New York. I'd forgotten to look, but the trio positively DAZZLED and caught my eye through the top of an arched window as I sat at my desk.... Were they exceptionally bright because their close proximity reflected their solar illumination off one another? They were more spectacular than I've ever seen before in my life. It was absolutely magnificent to behold.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I mentioned your blog on my blog. I came upon your post when I was searching on the planetary alignment causing the moon to smile. Nice one!

Anonymous said...

Do you know when this will happen again? I missed it. I was not able to see the smiling face.

Sean Welton said...

There's actually a few more conjunctions coming up in December. Looks like another triple conjunction, too!

http://www.visualastronomy.com/2008/12/astronomy-calendar-dec-2008.html

Sean

December 3, 2008 at 2:57 PM

Marvin said...

It has been a great view from the Philippines, and I suppose Southeast Asia and Oceania.

You can see the images we took at sidmacatol.com

In other sites I learned it won't happen again until November 18, 2052.

Subhash said...

in that smiley, which one is Venus ?

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