Venus and Jupiter line up tonight, visible with the naked-eye

Jupiter (upper left) and Venus (lower right) will line up on March 15, 2012, an event astronomers call planetary conjunction. Photo credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of conjunctions, click here.

When two planets line up in the sky, astronomers call it planetary conjunction, one of which will occur on March 15, 2012 for planets Jupiter and Venus. You do not need any equipment to get a glimpse of this planetary alignment, just the naked eye. At around 6 pm tonight and in the succeeding days, Jupiter and Venus will be seen as two bright lights in the sky, prominently visible in the western horizon right after sunset.

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2 thoughts on “Venus and Jupiter line up tonight, visible with the naked-eye

    • Hi Lane,

      Yes, roughly 3 degrees apart. Pairing of such planets occur quite often, every 2 years or so. Let me check first my planetarium software :) Clear skies!

      Eteny

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