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Saturday, June 16, 2007

 

Venus and Saturn Hi-jinks

North western sky at 6:15 pm ACST. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Over the next week we will have something to keep us entertained in the evenings. A dance of the planets with Venus and Saturn.

Venus can be readily seen as the startlingly bright object in the northwestern evening sky between sunset and around 8:00 pm. Venus is in a line with Saturn and Regulus, the brightest star in Leo, which are also in the north-western sky above Venus.

Venus draws closer to Saturn over the week. By Sunday the 17th, Venus, Saturn and Regulus are equidistant. On the 19th-21st the crescent Moon joins the line-up, sitting just below Saturn on Wednesday the 20th. This will be a very attractive sight in the evening, and well worth a bit of astrophotography.

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