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Conjuction of Venus & Jupiter on 13-Nov
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Author:  rwilkinson [ Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:20 am ]
Post subject:  Conjuction of Venus & Jupiter on 13-Nov

Did anyone observe this morning's planetary conjunction?
The two brightest planets appeared within a quarter of a degree of each other, low down in the South-East:
File comment: The conjunction shown by the Cartes du Ciel program
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In order to get a good view of the SE horizon, I went out around 6:45am into Queen's Park, and stood on the site where the original Bolton Observatory was located (around 1910). Venus was easily seen against the rapidly-brightening sky, but looking through my Canon 10x30IS binoculars I could see Jupiter too. The latter was clearly resolved as a disk, but the sky was too bright to make out any of its Galilean moons.
I wouldn't describe it as a spectacle, but it was an interesting apparition nonetheless.

Author:  DRatledge [ Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conjuction of Venus & Jupiter on 13-Nov

I didn't get up for this but saw the previous conjunction which was in summer. I got the same impression as you Ross - because Venus is so much brighter it isn't much of a spectacle at all. I guess published images brighten Jupiter and give a false impression - sort of fake news!

Author:  rwilkinson [ Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conjuction of Venus & Jupiter on 13-Nov

DRatledge wrote:
sort of fake news!

Yes, I was surprised to see this on the BBC News page:
Experts said the planets were so close as to appear almost on top of each other.
Sadly, that sort of "expertise" is all too easy to find these days. :(

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