Jupiter Meets Venus

The two brightest planets in our solar system, Jupiter and Venus, put on a show on the evening of 1st March, 2023. The scene was particularly incredible as the planets appeared to be a moon’s width apart. In the featured image, the brightest of the pair (to the right) is Venus. Jupiter is the celestial on the left with three of its Galilean moons, namely, from top to bottom, Callisto, Ganymede, and Io. The featured image was taken with Omegon RC6 attached to a Canon 77D (focal length 1370mm). The wide field image below (FL 50mm) was captured from Sage Mountain, Tortola and features lights from St. Thomas, USVI.

Jupiter/Venus conjunction on 1st March, 2023.

The true conjunction of the giant planets, that is, when they are closest, occurred on the morning of 2nd March in the northern hemisphere. Clearly it was not be visible from the vantage point of the Virgin Islands, but the southern hemisphere no doubt was front row to this treat. This duo will not have such a close encounter before 2039. Until then, there is plenty of time for you to look up and experience an amazing universe.


  1. Insane pictures I appreciate that you were able to catch such a nice shot. I often just sit and look at them and wonder to myself what else is out there. Keep up the good work.

  2. I like that you got some moons of Jupiter in that one shot! I did get out one night I think last week when both planets were pretty close to the moon and observed that with binoculars. Definitely cool!
    Keep up the good work! 👍🔭😃

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