…Two planets and a star

A Room with a Night Time View

Venus, Jupiter and Regulus shining bright in the sky.

Brilliant Venus in west from dusk until mid-to-late evening. Venus – the brightest planet and third-brightest sky object overall (after the sun and moon) – reaches its greatest elongation in the western sky on June 6. That means it is at its farthest from the sun on our sky’s dome, for this evening apparition, during June 2015. Venus stays out for over three hours after sunset this month, as seen from around the world. What’s more, Venus gets closer to Jupiter all month, to stage a close conjunction on our sky’s dome by the month’s end.

Throughout June 2015, brilliant Venus beams like a lighthouse as darkness falls! At mid-northern latitudes, Venus stays out quite late, possibly after your bedtime. Be sure to catch the wonderful presence of the moon in Venus’ vicinity for several days, starting on June 18or June 19.

Venus – the brightest star-like object in all the heavens – dominates the western sky as darkness falls. However, you can’t miss another brilliant beauty – the planet Jupiter – above Venus in the evening sky.

Bright Jupiter from dusk until late evening. Jupiter and Venus will come closer and closer together on the sky’s dome throughout June, 2015. In late June and early July, Venus and Jupiter will stage their closest conjunction until August 27, 2016!

Once you see Jupiter at dusk or nightfall, you won’t mistake it for anything else – except, possibly, brighter Venus, which shines lower down than Jupiter in the west at evening twilight.

Jupiter shines more brilliantly than any star. It’s the second-brightest planet after Venus.

In early June 2015, Venus sets in the west at mid-to-late evening, leaving the king planet Jupiter to rule over the evening sky for an hour or two after Venus sets. In early June, at mid-northern latitudes, Jupiter sets in the west about 3.5 hours after sunset. By the end of June 2015, when the two planets are in conjunction, or nearly so, they’ll be setting at about the same time, about 2.5 hours after the sun.

Watch the moon as it swings in the vicinity of Venus and Jupiter for several days, starting onJune 18 or June 19.

Venus, Jupiter and Regulus

NB: To see Regulus you will need to click on the second picture to see a larger version of the photograph on Flickr.

15 Comments CherryPie on Jun 23rd 2015

15 Responses to “A Room with a Night Time View…”

  1. ....peter:) says:

    i have been following Venus and Jupiter all month Cherie… they are right outside of my front door… June 30th they will be the closest at their setting in the S/W sky….peter:)

    • CherryPie says:

      They are fabulous aren’t they? The article is right in that the moon and the planets are getting closer to each other. I haven’t been able to take a photograph because by the time the moon moves into my view Venus and Jupiter are playing hide and seek behind what is left of My Oak Tree.

  2. I heard the northern lights was happening. When I get up and go to the bath room I’ll check on the sky…coffee is on

  3. Ginnie says:

    It’s so fascinating to me, Cherry…all of it. We still have so much to learn about the heavens above us!

  4. How come you know so much about stars? ;)
    They all look the same to me.

  5. Mickie Brown says:

    I always love to look at the stars. I stay up for an eclipse or a meteor shower – all fascinating. I love that you do research on topics and actually learn something about the subject–smart thing to do. Sounds like you have been traveling a lot–so much to see and do. Have a good week. Mickie :)

    • CherryPie says:

      Thanks Mickie :-) I like to research the places I visit and the things that I see it helps me to learn and I am glad that my research gives you pleasure :-)

      I hope you have a good week too.

  6. Chrysalis says:

    Hi Cherie AKA Lady Shutterbug – enjoying your summer travels I see :)

    We’ve been watching Venus and Jupiter, too, and at one point several days ago, a bright star underneath them appeared to make a triangle.

    Comforting thought, we’re all seeing the same sky, just from different perspectives/places in the world, isn’t it? :)

    • CherryPie says:

      Yes we had a good time, thank you :-)

      I was quite surprised when I saw them from my hotel window as I had been enjoying them at home over my back garden :-) So yes it is nice to think that everyone is seeing the same sky from different perspectives :-)

  7. ubermouth says:

    That lost shot is amazing!

  8. ubermouth says:

    I mean last lol