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Venus/Jupiter Conjunction Tomorrow

CowboyNeal posted more than 9 years ago | from the planet-gazing dept.

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TigerNut writes "I've been watching Venus and Jupiter creep closer together in the morning sky for the last few weeks, and tomorrow will be their closest approach, according to this table. The table also indicates this will be the closest that Venus and Jupiter will appear until 2014. Happy viewing! There's more on the conjunction at Universe Today."

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Best viewing point? (3, Interesting)

Nermal6693 (622898) | more than 9 years ago | (#10731946)

So, where in the world should you be, to get the best view? :)

Re:Best viewing point? (3, Informative)

lakiolen (785856) | more than 9 years ago | (#10731992)

I would assume, from the article, the northern hemisphere; since it talks about it and shows consellations from said hemisphere.

Re:Best viewing point? (2, Informative)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732125)

I suspect that some longitutes are better than others because the closest (visual) approach may last only about an hour. If your morning happens too early, then it will be too bright during the closest approach because the sun will already be up. If your morning happens too late, then the closest approach will happen before the planets rise above the horizon from your perspective.

Best viewing point?-Venus. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10731995)

"So, where in the world should you be, to get the best view? :)"

Under her skirt.

Re:Best viewing point? (5, Funny)

LewsTherinKinslayer (817418) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732033)

So, where in the world should you be, to get the best view? :)

Outside.

Re:Best viewing point? (0)

Underholdning (758194) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732733)

Actually, you're more correct than you think. Not only do you have to be outside - you have to be really outside, since the best view would be from Saturn.
You can't see it from Earth due to the planets positions [enchantedlearning.com]

Re:Best viewing point? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732036)

I'd say Venus...

Re:Best viewing point? (2, Informative)

tonsofpcs (687961) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732413)

How so? From Venus you would not see Jupiter and Venus line up, but rather Jupiter on one side, and Earth on the other.

--
Perspective is everything.

Re:Best viewing point? (3, Informative)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732196)

I stay in Glasgow (about half-way up the west coast of Scotland, for the geographically-challenged). I saw the two planets very close together yesterday morning on my way to work. About 0600 they were fairly high in the east, and apparently about, er... (holds arm out with thumb and index finger about an inch apart) *that* far apart. Don't know what that is in arc units. Very cool. I would have stopped for a photo but I was on the motorway and running a little late.

Re:Best viewing point? (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732452)

And this morning, they were a bit closer, and more beside each other than one above the other. It was a bit hazy, thin high cloud at around 2,000 feet, so seeing wasn't as good as yesterday.

Re:Best viewing point? (2, Interesting)

leifbk (745927) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732823)

Here in Oslo, Norway, the sky was clear and I had an excellent view of the conjunction on my way to work this morning around 7 o'clock [UTC+0100]. It was a rare and beautiful sight.

Re:Best viewing point? (5, Informative)

frizzbit (611803) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732221)

Since closest approach was at 1:57 UT and Venus and Jupiter rise an hour before sunrise that means anywhere where it is dawn at around this time, which would be southern and eastern Africa, Saudi Arabia, Middle East, central Asia and eastern Siberia.

Your exact location does really matter though since the planets move slowly enough that the planets will still be very close if you look today or tomorrow morning. You need to get out just as dawn is begining to break and look in the east (the direction where the sun is early in the morning). Providing there is nothing much obstructing your view in that direction near the horizon you should be able to spot the two planets close together before the sun comes up.

How to know you're definitely looking at Venus and Jupiter?

They will be brighter than any stars but not by that much with Venus noticeably brighter than Jupiter.

Both pale yellow/orange.

Will rise together. You will not see their separation change unless you look the next morning.

Re:Best viewing point? (2, Interesting)

garbs (121069) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732327)

And if you're bored enough, you can keep track of Venus for most of the day, as it is visible during daylight (though you have to know where it is to be visible)

Of course, it's not the easiest thing to spot during the day however.

Re:Best viewing point? (3, Informative)

erick99 (743982) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732280)

If you live in the U.S. you should have a good view. Most astronomy sites say the northen hemisphere in general. On Nov. 9th the moon/Venus/Jupiter will form an impressive triangle worth seeing.

Re:Best viewing point? (3, Informative)

tonsofpcs (687961) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732390)

Probably either NASA TV [nasa.gov] or behind the lens of a telescope or large telephoto camera lens.

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My manual camera (Minolta X-370s or SRT-202 depending on my mood) should have a great view [260mm lens with 2x multiplier]

Planet Triangle (5, Funny)

BortQ (468164) | more than 9 years ago | (#10731960)

Shit, Mars is gonna FREAK OUT if he catches Jupiter slam-bamming his babe Venus. I sure hope they made sure that the sun is blocking their 'conjuction'.

Of course, I also hope that they are putting this show on pay-per-view, cause that Venus chick is HOT!

Re:Planet Triangle (1)

lakiolen (785856) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732016)

Since Jupiter is the father of Venus, does that make the planets incestuous?

(And yes, Venus was considered to be very beautiful.)

Re:Planet Triangle (4, Funny)

mrpuffypants (444598) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732165)

I just don't see what a steamy celestial body like Venus could ever see in a big old fat bag of gas like Jupiter.

However, I've heard from this Soviet chick, Venera, that Venus is just crushing when it comes to the pressure that she exerts on anybody that even tries to get near her. Sure it's nice and hot the closer you get to the surface but, eventually, you just get squashed and she barely even notices.

Please... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10731961)

Don't Slashdot the Universe.

Re:Please... (1)

momerath2003 (606823) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732371)

Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to slashdot a server is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

Re:Please... (1)

tonsofpcs (687961) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732418)

Duct tape is (like) the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it binds the universe together.

Anyway, how are you going to cause a slashdot effect to the universe? Telescopes/cameras/computers don't tend to shut down planets (or other celestial bodies).

--
A <!--fnord--> GNU?!

Re:Please... (1)

Moderatbastard (808662) | more than 9 years ago | (#10733058)

Anyway, how are you going to cause a slashdot effect to the universe? Telescopes/cameras/computers don't tend to shut down planets (or other celestial bodies).
Just a wild guess - are you a German, by any chance?

And... (-1, Troll)

cloudkj (685320) | more than 9 years ago | (#10731969)

And next week, they Uranus/MyCock conjunction!

Re:And... (0, Troll)

UltimateZer0 (610695) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732019)

You dumb bitch; what the fuck was that for? You're such a tool.

(I know I'm going to get flamed and modded at -1 for this, but I don't give a shit anymore.)

Re:And... (0, Troll)

saskboy (600063) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732064)

"the Uranus/MyCock conjunction!"

Oh darn, they are naming Kuiper Belt objects after your penis now? Ran out of ancient names finally though...

Trollaxor returns to Slashdot! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10731979)

Re:Trollaxor returns to Slashdot! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732015)

ror

Trollaxor = Even bigger loser than Michael Simms (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732035)

Trollaxor is the most overrated faggot troll wannabe on the planet. This guy makes Michael Moore look like Peter North. Hows that cock taste, Trollasux?

Burn in Hell, Lockwood. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732071)

No one cares about your jealousy problems.

Re:Burn in Hell, Lockwood. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732085)

Took you long enough to figure it out, fag. How about I come around and punch you again, a few times so you'll cry like a little pussy faggot. I want to see tears stream down your worthless face as I cum all over your mouth. Watch your back, bitch.

i wish venus would crash into george bush (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10731980)

i'd like that.

Re:i wish venus would crash into george bush (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732026)

Not while I'm on this planet.

I wish I could crash into Venus' bush (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732107)

I'd like that.

Re:i wish venus would crash into george bush (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10733009)

I can hear your lisp while saying that. If you have to have the drama of being disgusted about something, can't you just go over the sickening relationship that you and your mom have? It doesn't matter that you father left when you were young ... it is still gross. What I guess I mean is that you are gross. And cheap. Cheap. Cheap. Cheap.

Great (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732027)

Now i have that conjunction junction tune stuck in my head

School House Rock

Re:Great (1, Troll)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732072)

Now i have that conjunction junction tune stuck in my head

I'll fix that:

"Lolly Lolly Lolly
I've come to troll your ass,
If you urge to mod me down, then oh please pass"

Re:Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10733015)

Under W the US is a big geek: Technically powerful, but not popular

Wow, words of wisdom from a faggot with a geocities site. Let me get my notebook out!

Many eclipsi (0, Redundant)

slinky259 (827395) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732043)

Eclipseses?

Whatever. Anyways, I'm not sure if it happened anywhere else in the world, but here in Northern VA we just had a lunar eclipse the other night.

Re:Many eclipsi (2, Interesting)

brilinux (255400) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732049)

I am from Norhtern VA, but attend college in Pittsburgh, were I witnessed the total lunar eclipse. Incidentally, I also met a girl from the res hall in front of which I was standing. All in all, a good night, but I think that the eclipse was visible over quite a large area.

Re:Many eclipsi (4, Informative)

tetranitrate (798753) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732186)

All in all, a good night, but I think that the eclipse was visible over quite a large area.

Lunar eclipses are visible to the whole world, at least those those that can see the moon between the times of umbral contacts, which is usually more than half the world.

During a lunar eclipse everyone sees the same thing (well almost due to parallax), since it isn't the Earth being eclipsed, but the moon. During a solar eclipse the Earth is being eclipsed, and so we see it differently depending on where we are on Earth. If we were on the moon, solar eclipses would look the same to everyone.

Re:Many eclipsi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732372)

Incidentally, I also met a girl from the res hall in front of which I was standing.

So did ya bone her or what?

Re:Many eclipsi (1)

Hillman (137883) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732518)

Do you really think so? You don't brag about "meeting a girl" unless you're a virgin or really polite....

Re:Many eclipsi (3, Funny)

AGMW (594303) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732973)

You don't brag about "meeting a girl" unless you're a virgin or really polite

Now, if he'd said meating ...

ECLIPSES.. !!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732112)

Stop putting 'i' on the end of words slashdotters.

Must have something to do with Apple.

Guiding Star III (3, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732046)

A conjunction very much like the one occurring on the 5th occurred in August of the year 3 B.C. ... That year Venus and Jupiter were only 10 arc-minutes or 0.16 degrees apart...With such a narrow separation, light reflected from the two would seem to merge into one as seen with the unaided eye. Some scholars have speculated that this close conjunction may have been interpreted as a sign by ... the wise men

Oh great, another religious figure will be born and there will be even more religions fighting with each other over land and The-One-True-Religion bragging rights.

At this pace, one of these days a cult will form around comets and they will kill themselves to send their souls to a comet......oh wait.

Re:Guiding Star III (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732530)

Under W the US is a big geek: Technically powerful, but not popular.

Haha. Very funny. Just answer me this: who cares if we are popular or not? This is not a high school - this is the real world.

Besides, we are not alone. We've got plenty of solid, good allies all around the world.

Conjunction junction, what's your function? (4, Funny)

fname (199759) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732098)

In case anyone doesn't know what a conjunction is, I found a good reference [postdiluvian.org] .

Apparently they're for hooking up words and phrases and clauses.

Been there, done that, still alright. (2, Interesting)

pilsner.urquell (734632) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732101)

I thought they where a bit close when I saw them tonight but at 51 I really don't pay attention as much as I used to. After seeing 2 total solar eclipse, a couple of good look at 2 comets, one unscheduled, a major alignment of the planets in the whole solar system and those are just the very memorable events the conjunction Venus and Jupiter is cool but only in so much that this one is so rare.

Re:Been there, done that, still alright. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732241)

shut the fuck up, nobody cares

Re:Been there, done that, still alright. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10733021)

i would like to second that I also don't care. sorry.

my astrologer is like totally stoked man... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732134)

hey man, my astrologer is like totally stoked that this conjunction is gonna do good stuff for good people and other prognostigatory types of cool events will unfold... ...in bed. :)

arafat and bush (0)

hkht (828161) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732151)

does the conjucntion of venus and jupiter coincide with the re-election of bush and the passing of arafat and is it a sign of bad or good times to come? i wish i could say good but that is just a wish.

Re:arafat and bush (5, Funny)

Forthan Red (820542) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732272)

Planetary conjunctions were outlawed in 10 states on Tuesday. You'd better hope they don't find out about this. 'Course, those people aren't real big on "all that scientific stuff", so maybe they won't notice.

succesfull (-1, Offtopic)

hkht (828161) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732212)

outourcing has been succesful because there are good business people putting supply and demand together at the right time. unfortuanately the good business poeple are mostly in the outsourced nation. in the outsourcing nations there are referred to as traitors. somebody is getting good and rich.

Dum dee dum dee dum (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732226)

In Soviet Russia, the planets conjoin YOU! And Bush WINS! ...oh wait, all our base belong to him. Let's commit suicide....

What about the election? (2, Insightful)

chuckfucter (703084) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732378)

I've been watching Venus and Jupiter creep closer together in the morning sky for the last few weeks, Now we know what all the potential Kerry voters did wrong....

Suck it up (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732516)

If you were even a potential Kerry voter, you didn't do anything wrong - you WERE wrong from the start.

Suck it up, you clintonites and east-coast moral degenerates. America voted again for security and morality and you've better get with the program.

Re:Suck it up (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732676)

America voted for the following situation - suck it up:
I fucked your mom last night, and now she's pregnant. But since you right-wingers are against abortion, you can have yourself a nice little brother. But don't worry, the draft should kill him off, even if the welfare cut doesn't. Oh and the Da Vinci code has been banned due to its anti-CatholicChristian sentiments. Jesus married a whore, may the lord God strike thee down you pagan, bastards. You will burn in hell along with priests that put your there...oh wait Hell= 4 more years of George W (note I don't say 4 more years of 'bush' - I ain't that lucky). Never mind .

Re:Suck it up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732720)

Da Vinci code has been banned due to its anti-CatholicChristian sentiments

What the fuck are you ranting about?

Google says that Da Vinci Code has been banned in Lebanon not in the USA.

IF IT AIN'T BROKE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732881)

BUSH CHENEY IN '08 You Dumb Hypocrite

Asstrology (1)

smokin_juan (469699) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732537)

So what does all this mean? Did Nostradamus line this event up with the end of the world? Will the gravity combine and suck the earth into outerspace? Is this going to attract planet X cause if it doesn't it's is a non-event. Sure I could go out and see it with my naked eye but then what sort of hethen would let their naked eye's out in public in this fine xtian society of ours?

This can only mean one thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732594)

Bush IS the anti-christ!

Re:This can only mean one thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732894)

BUSH CHENEY IN '08

Just because your father paid attention to you in not enough of the good ways ("I'm sorry honey, Daddy just can't make it to your recital") and too much of the bad ways ("Come 'ere you little mamma's boy -- I'll bet you can suck like your mamma too.) doesn't mean that you have to fucking plague the internet with your tripe. Come on, does it?

Anti-astrological note (2, Informative)

panurge (573432) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732604)

All this conjunction stuff is so much horse manure. Venus is INSIDE the earth's orbit and Jupiter is OUTSIDE it. They are both a very long way apart.

Yes, I know this is obvious to anyone with an education, but I'd like a little more precision in statements about planets. Jupiter and Venus cannot be at their closest when their positions seen from Earth coincide because at this point they cannot be in a direct line with the Sun - think about it. Their apparent positions in the sky may be closest, but at the point at which they are actually closest they must be visually separated from the point of view of Earth.

And for some of these posters who are wilfully misunderstanding the whole thing, the best place to see Venus and Jupiter (reasonably) close together is the Uffizi, in Firenze (Florence) Italy. There is a story that at one time the Uffizi used to show only one large Botticelli at a time so as not tog et the visitors over-excited.

Re:Anti-astrological note (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732694)

conjunction:
(3) noun; an alignment of three or more astronomical bodies

This is a conjunction of Earth, Venus, and Jupiter. Not all lines coincide with the Sun. I agree with your statement, "this is obvious to anyone with an education", but I must add the caveat of having the capability to apply it.

Re:Anti-astrological note (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10732798)

this is what I thought when I read it, umm duh, mod parent up please

Nostradamus got it right! (5, Funny)

skimitar (730902) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732712)

From Century XI.3:

Quand ardent Jupiter avec son regard fixe de perforation transpercera Venus juste carrément en son échine.
Alors l'un triomphe singe-fait face au-dessus de son ennemi.
Et les auteurs au Forum déploreront. Et fureur contre RIAA et SCO (comme d'habitude).

When fiery Jupiter with his piercing gaze
Shall spear fair Venus squarely in her loins
Then shall the monkey-faced one triumph over his foe
And the writers to the Forum shall lament
And rail against RIAA and SCO

Re:Nostradamus got it right! (1)

DLR (18892) | more than 9 years ago | (#10732805)

ROFL!!!!

The sad thing is that some people are going to believe that's real.

Inspitational (1)

edittard (805475) | more than 9 years ago | (#10733045)

I've been watching Venus and Jupiter creep closer together in the morning sky for the last few weeks
Now that's dedication for you! I'm sure he got cold and I bet his butt is sore from sitting there so long. But did he give up? No! Did we give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbour? Hell no! Did Icarus give up when they told him a man couldn't fly ... well anyway - I salute TigerNut as an example to us all.
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