Look west at dusk on June 30 and July 1 for a striking display. Venus and Jupiter, the king and queen of planets, will reach their closest conjunction of the year.
It will be hard to miss unless it’s cloudy. Venus and Jupiter are the brightest planets. As far as celestial bodies go, only the sun and the moon are brighter.
While you’ve been sleeping, they have been racing towards Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation. Jupiter is actually closer to Regulus, but Venus is zooming towards it at 35 kilometers per second. Jupiter is taking its time, moving at 13 kilometers per second, because its orbit path is seven times longer than Venus’.
Venus and Jupiter will pass one another on June 30 and July 1 and will meet again in August 2016.