Clear view of Jupiter and Venus

Clear view of Jupiter and Venus

By Carol Redford

JUPITER and Venus are the two big planets to keep an eye on over coming weeks.

They are both very easy to see because they are so bright.

Watch how they appear to get closer and closer in the evening sky as the month goes on.

Every night after sunset, Jupiter and Venus can be seen in the north west. The brightest star-like object is Venus. The other bright object above it is Jupiter.

Take a look on Saturday, June 20 and you’ll spot bright star-like Venus just near the crescent of the Moon. Jupiter will appear diagonally higher and to the right of Venus.

There’s another lovely view of the trio the night after and, if you happen to continue stargazing into the early hours of Monday morning, you’ll be up for the Southern Hemisphere’s Winter Solstice. It’s at 1am on Monday, June 22.

These two bright planets won’t appear any closer this year than on the night of Wednesday, July 1. What a spectacle it will be.

Rug up nice and warm with your favourite hot drink and enjoy watching Jupiter and Venus setting together.

They will appear less than one degree apart in the evening sky! So it will almost appear as if it is just one astronomical object.

Stargazers Club WA is all about astronomy and stargazing for beginners. You don’t even need a telescope or any astronomy knowledge.

Visit www. stargazers clubwa.com.au or call 0427 554 035.