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Rare conjunction of Venus and Jupiter

1 July 2015 05:08 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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)

  Comments - 6

  • Patriot Thursday, 02 July 2015 10:10 AM

    That is MR and Hitan Hutan going to join hands!!! Get the swan ready for a battle :)

    Manel Thursday, 02 July 2015 04:20 AM

    It was a beautiful sight last night watching from Colombo.

    Yan Thursday, 02 July 2015 06:28 AM

    Apita mewata velava na.. api maara busy eke enne....

    George Thursday, 02 July 2015 06:39 AM

    JUPITER AND VENUS . in outer space .....MR AND CBK..join the election space ....? RARE CONJUNCTION ACCORDING TO ASTRONOMY ...not astrology

    KGD Thursday, 02 July 2015 01:32 PM

    It was rare sight indeed, my 5 year old son was convinced that it was a plane approaching us. I tried hard to explain otherwise.

    Pumi Thursday, 02 July 2015 01:49 PM

    Its interesting for students too. Parents should encourage their children to study the nature.

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