On Saturday night, Venus and Jupiter conjunct and appear closer than ever. The planets Venus and Jupiter are millions of miles apart, but they seem to collide from Earth. It’s a planetary conjunction that happens annually, but this year it’s even more exciting.
On Saturday, Venus and Jupiter appear to be much closer than usual. If the sky is clear, the event can be seen with the naked eye or binoculars. In the coming days, the two planets will go their separate ways and move away. A similar show will take place in 2039.
Conjunction is when two planets, seen from Earth, appear to be approaching or touching the sky.
The real orbit of the planets is about 430 million miles away, but the apparent alignment of the planets seen from Earth gives the illusion that they are touching.
The moment of maximum visibility is on Saturday, but the event will continue into the coming days, as the planets slowly move away.
Experts say that it is best enjoyed before sunrise, looking east.
The planets will be low in the sky, close to the horizon, and hills and buildings will block the view. Those who want to see the pairing should go high and look for two dazzling and bright spots, very close to each other.
The conjunction can be seen from both hemispheres, at different times of the day and night.
Partial Solar Eclipse – April 30
On April 30, at 23.41 (Roman time), a partial solar eclipse occurred. This phenomenon will be visible from the southern Pacific Ocean and the southern part of South America. The Moon will cover up to 64% of the solar disk.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, partially or completely obscuring its image.
As for the importance of the event from an astronomical point of view, it may cause financial or economic turmoil. However, it is also considered an opportunity for personal development.
“We will need something safe in our lives, on which we can rely on good days and in the worst of circumstances. Since this eclipse will benefit from the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, it is clear that we must be generous, both with us and with our loved ones”, says astrologer Daniela Simolescu , according to dcnews.ro.
In terms of pairing, we can say we’re dealing with the “most romantic day” of 2022. That’s because the planet of love meets the planet of abundance, Simolescu says.
Visible astronomical phenomena in Romania – 2022
- Total lunar eclipse on May 16, 2022 Only the semi-shadow phase will be observed, the moon will be completely absent when the partial eclipse begins at 5:26. At that moment, the moon will be very low, towards the southwest horizon, near the sign of Libra.
- Partial solar eclipse on October 25, 2022. In Romania, the sun will be covered by 44%, in the far northeast, and 32% in the west of the country. In Alba Iulia, the Sun will be about 37.06%, and the magnitude of the eclipse will be 0.48. It will take 2 hours 20 minutes 53 seconds (October 25, 12.22 pm, max time 1.32 pm, end 2.43)
- December 8, 2022: The moon will obscure the planet Mars. This phenomenon is even more exciting because at that date, Mars will be in opposition, at which point the planet will have the maximum brightness and maximum apparent diameter that can be seen through the telescope.
Other astronomical phenomena appear in 2022
- May 6-7: Maximum Eta Aquaridele meteor shower (ZHR = 50)
- June 21: summer solstice
- July 13: Supermoon – The moon is at its closest point to the Earth during its orbit, at the same time as the full moon.
- July 28-29: Maximum Delta Meteor Shower (ZHR=20)
- August 12-13: Maximum Perseid Meteorite (ZHR = 60 – 100)
- August 14: opposite Saturn (visible all night)
- September 16: opposing Neptune (appears all night).
- September 23: the autumnal equinox
- September 26: Jupiter opposite (appears all night).
- October 21 – 22: Maximum Orionid meteor current (ZHR = 20)
- November 9: The planet Uranus in opposition (appears all night long)
- November 17-18: Maximum meteor shower (ZHR = 15)
- December 8: Mars (visible all night)
- December 13-14: Maximum Geminid meteor stream (ZHR = 150)
- December 21: Winter Solstice.
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