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06/11/2015 – Ephemeris – Jupiter and Venus continue to appear to approach each other during this month

June 11, 2015

Thursday, June 11th.  Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 31 minutes, setting at 9:28.   The Moon, 2 days past last quarter, will rise at 3:27 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the Sun will rise at 5:56.

In the western sky at sunset can be seen the brilliant evening star Venus and the bright but dimmer Jupiter.  Jupiter is slowly moving eastward against the stars of the constellation Leo, but is losing the battle with the Earth’s own motion around the Sun. and is setting about 4 minutes earlier each night.  Venus is moving faster eastward against the stars, setting only 2 minutes earlier each night.  On June 30th it will only be two thirds of the Moon’s diameter south of Jupiter.  However Venus will finally surrender to the Sun and will pass Jupiter again on August 3rd, being 7 degrees or 14 moon widths south of Jupiter.  Venus will pass the Sun first on August 15th, followed by Jupiter on the 26th, both entering the morning sky.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Jupiter-Venus animation

Jupiter-Venus approach animation June 11 to July 1, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. Created using Stellarium and GIMP. Click on image to enlarge.

Jupiter-Venus conjunction

Conjunction of Jupiter and Venus at low power. They will be 20′ apart at 10:30 p.m. EDT June 30, 2015 (2:30 UT July 1, 2015). Created using Stellarium.

Later this month I will have a post showing that this conjunction and a similar conjunction of August last year are a near repeat of two Jupiter-Venus Conjunctions of 3 and 2 BC. which are candidates for the Star of Bethlehem.

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