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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Earth, Venus, and Jupiter Line Up

Earth, Venus, and Jupiter are currently lined up in what is known as syzygy (June & July 2015).
There is a particular word with no true vowels perfectly explaining the concept of three planets lining up: syzygy. As of late June and early July 2015, the solar system currently experiences a syzygy with Earth, Venus, and Jupiter forming almost a straight line across their orbits. The image depicting this phenomenon above is derived from the compact disc Planetarium software, version 1.8 (© 1998 JC Research, Toxsoft), which still displays updated astronomy data despite its 20th-century copyright year. Another fantastic facet of the syzygy event, Jupiter and Venus displayed their celestial spheres in the June 30th night sky less than 1/3 degree apart from each other - less than the moon's diameter. While Jupiter and Venus appear near each other often, they usually do not come as close as they did on June 30th! The zoomed-in image below depicts Jupiter and Venus' close proximity and location in the constellation Leo.

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Jupiter and Venus are relatively close together in the night sky, currently near Leo (June & July 2015).

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The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage:

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

HubbleSite Image Links: LH 95, Ant Nebula, and Egg Nebula