Celestial highlights are majorly overwhelmed by close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter than any other conjunction in the past. The news feeds by NASA and other space communities revealed that, a 4 year-long observation was carried out to detect the conjunction and finally at the predawn on August 18th, 2014 both the planets were seen located very closely to each other.
The planets were seen separated with each other by only 1/3 degrees. The encounter is quite rare yet the perfect planet-planet meetup in astronomy history. It eventually created much hype among the astronomers.
The conjunction of two brightest planets Venus-Jupiter in sky is not a new event, we get to see it every 13 months, though at different angles. However, we are able to see it at the same angle after every 24 years of period. It is not limited to the night-time, some conjunction may occur in daytime sky, and some of them are wide misses due to absence of darkness of sky. Most interesting fact is, in the meantime, we get to view two brightest stars which is a delight in itself.
In astronomical terms, conjunction refers to a close approach of two or more solar system bodies or a single solar system body with any outside objects such as star or star cluster.
On an important note, these conjunctions are perceived in our sight from Earth, and the objects are never really close together. This we can understand by one other popular conjunction of Venus and Pleiades cluster in Taurus constellation that was seen in April, 2015, Pleiades is 440 light years behind planet Venus in the space but looks side by-side when we see it.
Planets team up very often in the sky but rarely do they sway this closely. During Venus and Jupiter Conjunction, they were seen being separated by only 1/3 degrees or less. It had been the best planet-planet meetup of 2014.
Similar sessions are carried on by SDRO for astronomy aspirants and amateurs to get a glimpse of this fascinating and delightful cosmic event and enhance your astronomy experience.