Venus, also known as ‘The Evening Star’ and Saturn that known as ‘The Ringed Planet,’ will be so close one to another that in the southwest sky after sunset, we can watch them kissing. When the sky is clear, we all can see the incredible planet Venus, and it is the brightest star in the sky.
This Tuesday, on December 10, Saturn will join it. That joining will be the second time this year, and the first was on January 22.
When will these two planets be the closest together?
The appearance when two planets are as closest as they can be is called a conjunction. Precisely this conjunction is going to happen on Tuesday, right after sunset.
‘When the Curves Line Up’ claims that the Evening Star will be only 1.8 degrees in the lower left from the Ringed Planet, precisely on Tuesday. Also, the two planets are going to be on a fraction further apart at a mere 1.9 degrees on Wednesday night.
But, Saturn and Venus after Thursday will be wide apart.
Visibility of the ‘Kiss’ of Venus and Saturn
The experts claim that the two planets will appear low in the sky, precisely 11 degrees right above the horizon. Each person will be able to have a clear view, and position to watch the event. You can use the second floor of a particular building, like you need to have a clear sky, without any trees around.
Saturn’s rings can also be seen, but for that spectacular view, you will need a telescope.
What is the reason that Saturn and Venus appear so close?
The conjunction represents more or less an illusion. That sight is created by the position of the planets in the solar system.
Saturn is a planet that takes 29 years to make a circle around the Sun. But Venus takes only 225 days to do the same action. So, Venus is in a position between the Earth and the slow-moving Saturn.
In case you can’t find an appropriate position, you can always watch it online on ‘The Planets Today.’
Information for the position of Saturn and Venus
If you thought that the planets are next to each other’s, you’re fooling yourself. These planets are very far, but the optical illusion is guilty that we will see them ‘kissing.’
According to scientists, the distance between these two planets is around 800 million miles apart. Venus is only 25 million miles distanced from the Sun.
So, when you see the phenomenon of the close position of Venus and Saturn, you must know that we are closer to Venus than to Saturn.
The reason for Venus to be known as the ‘Evening Star’
Because of its bright appearance, often, Venus is confused with a star or a UFO. The cloudy atmosphere reflects the light of the Sun, and because it is close to us, it looks lighter than it is. It is visible either close to sunrise or right after sunset.
Particular months, every year, this planet is visible before the dawn, so we call it the ‘Morning Star.’ Other days when it is visible during the night, we call it the ‘Evening Star.’
The brilliant sight in the following days will be at the southwestern sky after the sunset.
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