Solar System Meetup Between Earth’s Two Neighbors – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – There is a solar system meeting for Earth’s two neighbors this week.
Venus and Mars will appear close to the western sky after sunset, starting on Sunday July 15, with their next point being on Tuesday July 13 at 2 a.m.
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An event like this is called a conjunction, and in this event the two planets will be less than the diameter of a full moon apart.
To guide you to this meeting point, look for the new crescent moon.
Sunday and Monday it will pass just above the two planets – of course seen from Earth.
The moon sets about 90 minutes after the sun on Sunday. To see this you have to be outside shortly after sunset, around 8:15 a.m.
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It will be easy to see Venus as her usual brilliant self. The brightest planet, seen from Earth, is 190 times brighter than Mars.
There will be a shorter window of time to observe the two planets before they set as you will have to let the twilight fade away.
Of course, to see this phenomenon we need clear skies at night, something that can be difficult this week here in South Florida.
East winds and an increase in humidity will cause storms in our western skies every afternoon and evening.
Still look at the western sky after 8:30 p.m. this week.
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Maybe you get a simple look at our two planetary neighbors.