Celestial grouping and close pairing of celestial objects occur whenever two or more celestial objects appear to be in the same direction in the sky as viewed from Earth. While the objects (which could be a planet, a star, or the moon) would seem very close to each other, in reality, they are separated by vast distances. Such events are visible to the naked eye, from anywhere in the country, and do not require any special equipment.


The crescent shape of Venus (left) and the cloud bands of Jupiter (right) are visible in this image of a Venus-Jupiter conjunction. Image taken from Quezon City, Philippines, using a Canon 450D DSLR mounted on a 4-in f/9 refractor, ISO 1600, 1/200 sec exposure. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano


Venus and Jupiter seen like a pair of bright stars above the western horizon, taken from Rizal, Philippines, at around 6:30 pm on June 26, 2015. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano


Image of Mars-Venus-Moon celestial grouping on February 20, 2015, taken at around 6 pm from Quezon City, Philippines. Canon 450D, 50 mm lens, f/3.5, ISO 1600, 1/5 sec exposure. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

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Image of Venus-Jupiter-Moon celestial grouping on August 24, 2014, taken at 5 am from Camarines Norte, Philippines. Canon 450D, 50 mm lens, f/1.8, ISO 1600, 1/10 sec exposure. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano


Close pairing of moon and the planet Venus on August 10, 2013. The sky was hazy and cloudy due to an approaching tropical storm. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano


View of the western horizon on August 9, 2013, with moon and the planet Venus clearly visible to the naked eye. The moon will continue to move eastward and pairs up with Venus at around 6:30 pm on August 10, 2013. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

Close-pairing of the moon and the planet Venus visible in the eastern horizon at around 5 am on November 11, 2012, captured with a Canon 450D and a 50 mm f/1.8 lens. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

A celestial grouping of Jupiter, Pleiades, and Aldebaran on September 24, 2102 under hazy skies with a Canon 450D DSLR with a 50 mm prime lens, f/1.8, ISO 1600, 3.2 seconds exposure. The celestial grouping is visible to the naked eye. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

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Jupiter-Moon-Venus alignment on August 12, 2012, taken with a DSLR-on-a-tripod using a 50 mm/f1.8 prime lens. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

Close pairing of the planet Venus and the open cluster M45, or Pleiades. Image taken with a Canon 450D DSLR on a tripod, 50 mm f/1.8 lens, 2.5 sec exp, IS0 1600. April 4, 2012, Camarines Norte, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano


Jupiter (upper left) and Venus (lower right) lined up on March 15, 2012, an event astronomers call planetary conjunction. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano


Uranus-Jupiter conjunction on December 29, 2010, taken through afocal method using a 6 in f/5 Newtonian reflector, a Canon FS20 video camera, and a 26 mm eyepiece, captured in video mode and stacked in Registax. The spikes radiating outward from Jupiter are caused by the telescope’s spider. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

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