Jupiter and Venus to Appear Together in Night Sky for 8 Straight Nights

The planets Venus, right, and Jupiter share the evening sky behind St. Jerome's Catholic Church in Oconomowoc, Wis. Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
The planets Venus, right, and Jupiter share the evening sky behind St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Oconomowoc, Wis. Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Skywatchers will get a special treat over the next few days.

For eight straight nights that began Saturday, the two brightest planets — Jupiter and Venus — are very close to each other in the evening sky, close enough to cover both with the thumb of your outstretched hand, according to Sky & Telescope.

The planets will be visible at twilight in the western sky, weather permitting.

Tuesday will be the best view, as the two planets will appear so close together that they’ll look like a tight, brilliant double star in the evening sky, Sky & Telescope said.

Conjunctions are rare events in which two or more objects appear extremely close together in the night sky, NASA said.

While they may appear to be bumping into one another, they’re actually far apart, CBS.com reported. Venus is 56 million miles from Earth, and Jupiter is 10 times farther out, at just over 550 million miles.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Doyle Rice

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