Astronomers’ recent reports inform that June’s sky has many events. Look for the Jupiter Venus collision as the two celestial bodies will get closer to one another than they have ever been before.
Astronomers have long revealed passionate people that the month of June will feature many important events on the sky maps. Based on their previous declarations, June 30 is the perfect day to get a clear view of the two colossal planets while they collide, even without a telescope.
Venus and Jupiter have crossed the skies the entire month of June until they got as close as possible to each other. Calculations suggest that the space between the two planets is less than a third degree, that is, smaller than the moon’s total width.
Venus is a lot smaller than Jupiter and yet, it will be more visible than its neighbor. Venus’ brightness is due to the fact that the planet is very close to the Earth and, at the same time very close to the Sun. Moreover, the planet has a special atmosphere that reflects light, thus making its surface appear shinier when analyzed through the lenses of a telescope.
Jupiter, which is ten times the size of the Earth and of Venus does not appear bright because it is mostly made out of gas and not out of rocks like Venus. The planet is approximately 483 million miles away from the Earth, which explains why its light is harder to notice.
Even so, Jupiter can be easily recognized through the four moons that will be present in the close vicinity of the planet during the June 30 collision. The close planets can be easily spotted even if you don’t have a telescope.
Scientists have tried to help people who are passionate about astronomy by indicating them the position of the two space elements on the sky. According to them, Jupiter and Venus will appear as two incredibly bright and close stars towards the West.
On June 30, the moon will join them, thus forming an unusually close trio of planets. The event is all the more interesting as Jupiter’s orbiting moons will also stay within the planets’ vicinity.
On June 28, scientists will also pay attention to the southern skies. Here, they expect to spot Saturn and its moon right after the sun sets. The rings of the planet may also be noticed with the help of a telescope.
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