Just in time for Canada Day holidays sky-watchers will get treated to a stunningly close encounter between two of the brightest planets in the evening sky.
Just after sunset on both June 30 and July 1, our neighbouring worlds, Venus and Jupiter will appear to pair up very close together in the sky and dazzle us - appearing like a super bright double star at dusk. Known as a conjunction - when two celestial objects assemble close together in the sky - the two bright planets will appear less than half a degree apart - a spacing that is equal to only the width of your pinky finger at arm’s length.
However if you have been looking up, you may have noticed this sky show has been a few weeks in the making as both Venus and Jupiter have both been dominating the late spring and early summer evening skies as they have been steadily converging from night to night. They have been hard to miss because they are the brightest objects in the sky after the Sun and Moon.
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