Now is the time to utilize the DSLR camera you have been planning to use for so many days. Now is time to test the newly bought fancy phone with professional grade camera. We got a celestial wonder showing up in the sky. Two of the Earth’s neighbors will be coming close for a rendezvous. It is the conjunction of Earth’s only natural satellite – The Moon and its sister planet Venus.
What is Conjunction?
Conjunction is when two astronomical objects are either at the same right ascension (hour angle as plotted on a star atlas) or the same ecliptic longitude, as observed from Earth. Sometimes they seem to nearly meet, although they are millions of miles apart.
Conjunction of Moon and Venus
Venus revolves around the Sun once in 225 days. Since, our planet is also revolving around the Sun, Venus catches up to and passes by Earth every 584 days. The Moon does so every 29.5 days. On the night of 31st January 2017, these two will be coming close to each other, setting up a good photographic opportunity.
The Moon will be passing 4°03′ to the south of Venus. From India, the pair will become visible in the evening, 40° above the south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 30 minutes after the Sun at around 21:30. The Moon will be at mag -10.6 in the constellation Aquarius, and Venus at mag -5.4 in the neighboring constellation of Pisces. The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
One doesn’t need to go to a dark location to capture the conjunction. Chose a monument as your foreground and create an amazing frame to gift to someone who look up to the stars or for the empty wall of your drawing room.