Long views of Mars and Saturn
February 2010: Several major planets, and at least one minor one, give solar system observers plenty of targets for a night under the stars.
December 28, 2009
Several major planets, and at least one minor one (the asteroid Vesta), give solar system observers plenty of targets for a night under the stars. The two brightest objects — Venus and Jupiter — pass close to each other low in evening twilight in mid-February.
Venus and Jupiter slide past each other in mid-February. The two objects shine brilliantly but will be hard to spot, even through binoculars, in the bright twilight shortly after sunset.
Photo by Astronomy: Roen Kelly
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