Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Heavens Smile Down on Earthlings- Dec 01, 2008

The heavens seemed to smile down on earthlings on Monday as a happy conjunction of planets and the moon drew a celestial ‘smiley.’ A rare treat as Venus, Jupiter and the moon appeared in conjunction soon after sunset on Monday evening. I was walking to my place after parking my car and luckily I spotted this rare sight. Taking pictures was a bit tough due to the passing clouds.
According to the Planetary Society of India, Venus and Jupiter come in the line of sight during their orbit around the sun in such a way that they appear to be near each other as seen from Earth.

According to the National Geographic news, planetary conjunctions involving such close encounter between Venus and Jupiter are relatively rare events. The web site also says that the next visible conjunction would be on the evening of March 14, 2012.