The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter are visible after sunset pass extremely closer to each other from July 1, Astronomy and Space Applications, Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies Dr. Chandana Jayaratne said.
“This rare conjunction event is visible from July 1 onwards provide a spectacular view in the Sky just after sunset on the western horizon as two bright objects which are closer to each other,” he said.
“These objects are none other than the brightest that we see from the earth. One is Jupiter, the biggest planet of the solar system while the other is Saturn. Jupiter is slightly Northwards from Venus and less brighter. This is visible for a week or more,” he further said.
This is visible to Sri Lanka and many parts of the world. Some people were curious about these two objects during the past few days. But they were visible very clearly today, he said.
This close encounter is called the Venus-Jupiter conjunction and it usually happens once a year. But this year it had some specialty as both the planets were very closer to each other seem that they collide with each other. (Chaturanga Pradeep)