Venus and Jupiter Appearing Near One Another

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Gazing into the night sky reminds me of the neat space illustration books I had when I was a kid. I believe one of my first ideas on what I wanted to be when I got older was an astronaut.  I loved my toy space shuttles.  Last night I peeked up into the sky for the second night in a row and viewed Jupiter and Venus.

 

There is a great program called Google Sky Map that you can download to your smart phone which acts as your binoculars into spectacular views of stars and planets surrounding our world. Simply install the program and point your device up as if it were your eyes and you will be amazed at how accurate it is.

 

Jupiter and Venus appear to be in close proximity to one another once every 24 years according to Space.com. The last time they appeared this close in view to use was in 1988. The graphic below from Solar System Live gives an idea of how we are view the two planets from our standpoint.

 

Solar System March 15, 2012

Using the Google Sky Map program while pointed toward Venus and Jupiter with my phone, I snapped a screen shot image from my Android. Pretty neat!

 

My Screen Capture Using Google Sky Map of Venus and Jupiter on March 14, 2012
I also snapped a very low quality pic from March 14, 2012 looking up at the two planets.

 

Low Quality View From Camera Phone

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