Something rare to see... not from here

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Something rare to see... not from here

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This Saturday Venus will pass Jupiter for a close telescopic conjunction. The two will pass within 14 arc minutes of each other. A few days before this, Venus will pass Neptune. This conjunction has Venus passing Neptune within 13 arc seconds to the limb of Venus (Venus itself is 17 arc seconds).

The Venus / Neptune conjunction happens during the day from here, making it impossible to see as Neptune is to faint to see. It will be visible from a few places before sunrise, Japan, Papua New Guinea and Eastern Australia including Sydney. Can't wait to see if anyone is able to view this or get an image. I would suspect this to be extremely difficult as Venus is 60,000x brighter.

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Clear skies,
Merle Hiltner
MAS Eagle Lake Observatory Facility Director
Onan Observatory • Sylvia A. Casby Observatory • HotSpot Classroom
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