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Venus & Jupiter Conjunction on August 27th

August 27, 2016 — the sky’s two brightest planets Venus and Jupiter will stage the year’s closest conjunction of two planets.

This event will occur close to the sunset. From anywhere worldwide, you’ll want to find an unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunset. Given a clear sky, you should see Venus and then Jupiter popping out near the sunset point on the horizon around 30 to 40 minutes after the sun goes down.

Venus and Jupiter rank as the third-brightest and fourth-brightest celestial bodies to light up the heavens, after the sun and moon. So, even at northerly latitudes, you’ll still have a decent chance of catching these two worlds after sunset, given an unobstructed western horizon and a pair of binoculars.

Text credit: http://earthsky.org/tonight/conjunction-of-venus-and-jupiter-august-27

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