Mangaluru, June 30: In the western horizon, Jupiter will appear close to the shimmering Venus. On June 30th and July 1st these two planets will be seen very close to each other.
This closest approach of the two planets will occur once in a year and can be witnessed in the clear sky throughout the week, informed the Head of the Physics Department Dr A P Bhat.
Venus which is at about 11 crores of Kms distance from the Sun, appears sometimes at 4.5 crores kms distance and 22.5 crores kms distance from the earth. During this movement of coming close, Venus appears very bright.
On June 6th, luminous Venus can be observed in a telescope. Jupiter which is at a distance of 78 crore kms from the earth is 1,400 times bigger than the Venus. Now Venus is 7.5 crore kms away from the earth. Similarly, Jupiter is at 90 crore kms distance from the earth. But while observing from the earth, the planets appear as to be close to one another. Now, in the east bright Saturn can be seen close to the Moon.
Jupiter, Venus and Saturn to be observed on Telescope:
Only during this time, Venus can be witnessed through the telescope. If there is no rain, the public’s will get a chance to observe the sky on June 30th and July 1st through the amateur astronomic observers association at Poorna Prajna College in Udupi at the department of physics of the college.