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scar1et_f1re
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The planets have been shining their lovelights...

#132615 2 years, 5 months ago
There have been 3 or 4 planets visible to the naked eye for several days if not longer (on Long Island anyway). I have a buddy who is really into it, and he's been pointing them out to me. It's pretty interesting.

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www.space.com/14878-venus-jupiter-conjun...edium=social%2Bmedia

This week Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets in the sky, are making for an inspiring sight, drawing all eyes toward the western sky as night falls and outshining all the true stars in the sky.

Tonight (March 13), Jupiter shines to Venus' lower left. The planets will make a spectacular conjunction, shining just a few finger-widths apart, with Venus appearing a bit higher than Jupiter.

Here at SPACE.com we've been indicating that Venus and Jupiter will be closest together this evening. But this may puzzle some who might have read in other astronomical publications, such as the Observer's Handbook of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, that the actual conjunction between these two brilliant planets will not take place until two days from now (March 15 at 10:00 Universal Time).

What is the reason for this discrepancy? Could we be wrong? Could those publications stating that Venus and Jupiter are in conjunction on Thursday somehow be in error?
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Re: The planets have been shining their lovelights...

#132639 2 years, 5 months ago
Noticed them last night. We had clear weather. Very cool.
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Re: The planets have been shining their lovelights...

#132662 2 years, 5 months ago
iveseen jupitar venus and mars in the last week
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Re: The planets have been shining their lovelights...

#132665 2 years, 5 months ago
It's crystal clear out here, and they're shining bright, and so close to each other! Looks beautiful!!
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Re: The planets have been shining their lovelights...

#132668 2 years, 5 months ago
Try the skyview app for cell phones. Very cool, point towards the sky and it gives you planets, stars, constellations.

It uses the phones internal compass and gps to tell where you are, and where the planets are.

Well worth getting the pay one, its only $2.
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Re: The planets have been shining their lovelights...

#132772 2 years, 5 months ago
Clear skies by me & beautiful stuff to see
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Re: The planets have been shining their lovelights...

#132777 2 years, 5 months ago
I use Google Sky but the spiral light of Venus is always visible out our family room window on a clear night. So beautiful and so close looking yet so far away... Niceness
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Re: The planets have been shining their lovelights...

#132787 2 years, 5 months ago
I would trust the RASC over Space.com. Websites that have advertisements on them and are conglomerations of information from other primary sources are not trust worthy. Doesn't mean they can't be right I just wouldn't trust everything they put out. The RASC on the other hand is a well documented and published group of experts whose website is dedicated to their field, publications, and research. If you are interested in more legitimate sources of information for planetary questions check out some of these sites below or support your local library:

www.lpi.usra.edu/ - Lunar and Planetary Institute
www.nasa.gov/ - NASA
www.sciencemag.org/ - Science Magazine
www.nature.com/ - Nature Magazine
planetary.org/home/ - The Planetary Society
rasc.ca/ - RASC
www.astronomy.com/ - Astronomy Magazine
^(This one is just a general news stand publication's website and requires you to pay for some of the information on the page)

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Re: The planets have been shining their lovelights...

#132788 2 years, 5 months ago
www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/aurora-underfoot.html
^This is the short video with no explanation and just the "fly-by."

www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/ind...p;media_id=134928691
^This is the short explanation with the videos at about 1:30

Sorry it will not let me imbed the video from the other site so copy and paste or click on the link, it is worth it! This is one of the coolest videos I've seen lately from NASA. Its the ISS flying through a geomagnetic storm (Aurora Borealis) while in orbit.
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Re: The planets have been shining their lovelights...

#132791 2 years, 5 months ago
www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/aurora-underfoot.html
^This is the short video with no explanation and just the "fly-by."

www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/ind...p;media_id=134928691
^This is the short explanation with the videos at about 1:30

Sorry it will not let me imbed the video from the other site so copy and paste or click on the link, it is worth it! This is one of the coolest videos I've seen lately from NASA. Its the ISS flying through a geomagnetic storm (Aurora Borealis) while in orbit.
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