Triple Planetary Conjunction May 24-31

The week ahead of May 24 -31 promises some wonderful views of a rare event, a triple conjunction of Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter in the evening sky. Look to the west soon after sunset at 8:30 or later. This is the view for May 24th. I hope your skies are clear.

Mercury orbits closest to the Sun, it has a fast orbit. Venus is next closest and less fast. Earth is also moving. Jupiter plods along taking much longer to orbit in it’s huge path. Because of the movement of each planetary body, the view of the conjunction each evening will change a little. Here is May 25th.

Images for the next six evenings are in the rest of the post. So, if your skies are cloudy one evening, don’t fret. This show will be prominent for the entire week. You ought to be able to see it on several of the evenings.

NASA has produced this excellent video summary for your information. I think it will prove a helpful addition to planning your views. Have a great time. Enjoy the conjunction.

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