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I'd like to share the contents Ronald Stoyan (head of the Oculum Verlag (Interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas))  gave in his weekly newsletter yesterday:

During the next few days, Venus and Jupiter will meet in the evening sky; the closest approach (about 40 arc min, just a bit more than a full moon's diameter) will be March 1st (Venus 40 arc min NW of Jupiter) and March 2nd (Venus 42 arc min NE). Quite an easy target in binoculars of any size; and even in many telescopes both planets will fit in the same field of view with a low power eyepiece. Jupiter's size is 34 arc sec, Venus, though brighter, just 12 arc sec, with the disc illuminated to 85%. At the moment (Feb.28th, 16h15min CET), the distance is 1°38'. The conjunction is short-dated due to Venus' rapid movement; at the end of the week, the distance will have increased to 5°; so take your chance to get some nice pictures!

Thanks for reading



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