NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 5 March 2023: Spectacular meeting of Venus and Jupiter

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day is depicting two bright planets in the sky. These are none other than the rare Venus and Jupiter conjunction.

| Updated on: Mar 05 2023, 14:44 IST
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1/5 Venus-Jupiter Conjunction (Feb 27) - features the view of Venus and Jupiter, but with an unusual ray of light extending from the horizon. It is known as Zodiacal light, a band of dust reflecting sunlight from the inner Solar System which becomes noticeable during certain periods when observed after sunset or before sunrise. (NASA/Ruslan Merzlyakov)
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2/5 Crescent Moon and the Temple of Poseidon (Feb 28) - It is a stunning snapshot of the thin crescent Moon with the ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon at the forefront in Greece. According to NASA, the moonlight we see on Earth is sunlight reflected off the Moon's grayish-white surface. (NASA/Elias Chasiotis)
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3/5 Flaming Nebula, Tadpole Nebula and Comet ZTF (March 1) - Flaming Star Nebula and the Tadpole Nebula can be seen crossing paths with the Comet ZTF. IC405, otherwise known as the Flaming Star Nebula, lies about 1,500 light-years away toward the constellation of Auriga and spans about 5 light-years across.  (NASA/Thomas Roell)
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4/5 Spiral Galaxies NGC 3169 and NGC 3166 (March 2) - It is a stellar snapshot of Spiral Galaxy NGC 3169 and its neighbour NGC 3166. NGC 3169 is located almost 70 million light-years away in the constellation of Sextans (the Sextant). According to NASA, it is part of the Leo I Group of galaxies which is part of a larger galactic congregation known as the Virgo Supercluster.  (NASA/Mike Selby/Mark Hanson)
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5/5 Supernova Remnant RCW 86 (March 3) - After the supernova explosion, its remnants are left behind, which are known as Supernova Remnants (SNR). NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day is an extremely rare and historical snapshot of Supernova Remnant RCW 86 which spans around 100 light-years and is located nearly 8000 light-years away.  (NASA/CTIO/NOIRLab/DOE/NSF/AURA)
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Venus and Jupiter have created a magnificent spectacle in the night sky. (Image Credit & Copyright: Giovanni Tumino)

The world is not yet done talking about the rare meeting of two planets in our solar system in the night sky! Almost on a daily basis, you can find new photos released on the internet of the Venus-Jupiter conjunction. NASA has shared Jupiter and Venus conjunction seen as two bright spots over Italy in the night sky as the astronomy photo of the day.

NASA said while sharing the photo that “a few days ago, the two brightest planets in the night sky passed within a single degree of each other in what is termed a conjunction. Visible just after sunset in much of the world, the two bright spots were Jupiter (left) and Venus (right).” The featured image was taken near the closest approach from Cirica, Sicily, Italy. Merely a week ago, Venus was rising in the evening sky to meet Jupiter, but now their positions have reversed.

Naturally, Venus is much nearer to the Sun and Earth than Jupiter, and the apparent proximity of the two planets in the Earth's sky was purely angular. Despite their ongoing separation, the famous duo can still be observed for around an hour after sunset this month, but Jupiter will continue to set earlier each night.

Next Venus and Jupiter conjunction

Did you miss to witness this rare planetary conjunction of Venus and Jupiter? As per a report by, Venus and Jupiter won't appear close again until February 7, 2032! That's almost a decade.

Don't worry! This wasn't the only planetary conjunction that you can enjoy. report mentioned that Venus and Uranus will meet in the night sky on March 31, 2023. "Venus and Uranus will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 1°17' to the north of Uranus," the report mentioned.

If you're in Delhi, you'll be able to spot the duo at around 18:52 (IST), positioned 31 degrees above the western horizon as the evening light fades. As time passes, they will gradually descend towards the horizon and finally set 2 hours and 46 minutes after the Sun, at 21:23. It will be visible through a pair of binoculars.

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First Published Date: 05 Mar, 14:31 IST
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