VENUS - JUPITER CONJUNCTION JUNE/JULY 2015
On the first day of July, Venus and Jupiter (the third and fourth brightest objects in the sky), were in a close conjunction, when the two were separated by less than a moon width (0.45°) apart. Venus was to the south of Jupiter. Conjunctions of these two bright planets produced a beautiful spectacle this year in the evening sky. The closest approach occured at 09h in the morning sky, Venus was so bright that it could be spotted fairly easily through binoculars if you knew where to look. It has been suggested that an even closer conjunction of these two planets was responsible for the Star of Bethlehem story: See The 'STAR OF BETHLEHEM' page, obtainable from the 'MENU' (or 'MORE') page, above.
JUNE 30 / JULY1, 2015 CONJUNCTION OF VENUS AND JUPITER
These pictures were taken on the evening of Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by IAN ATKINSON of Newby, SCARBOROUGH, UK. he used a FUJI J2 camera. The images were taken between 22h 19, and 22h 22 local time (British Summer Time) Thanks Ian!
The Brighter and lower of the two objects is Venus. Jupiter is the fainter.