It’s Ba-aack!

The Moon has cycled back into the picture to re-create last month’s conjunction of itself, Venus, and Jupiter. Three of the brightest bodies in the night sky, they will create a spectacular sight as you look to the west just after sunset tomorrow (Sunday, March 25) and Monday (March 26).

Venus and Jupiter are not as close together as they were at mid-month, when they were within three arc-degrees of each other, but the Moon re-entering the scene makes for a more interesting conjunction than the two planets alone. Its being a thin waxing crescent showing plenty of Earthshine just makes it that much better.

This is how it will look on Sunday at approximately 8:00 p.m. local time, with the Moon between the planets and closer to Jupiter.

 

 

 

 

 

And this is how it will look on Monday, again at approximately 8:00 p.m. local time, with the Moon just above the planets but still very close to Venus. After Monday, the Moon will continue on its fast-paced retrograde path toward the east and move out of the frame, so if you want to see this rare event, do yourself a favor and get out there just after sunset either tomorrow or Monday night.

 

 

 

 

Voodoo Bob

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