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Rare conjunction spectacle in skies

india Updated: Jun 30, 2007 10:06 IST
Satyen Mohapatra
Satyen Mohapatra
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Venus and Saturn will be in conjunction with each other on June 30-July 1, a full moon night. Ajay Talwar of Delhi's Amateur Astronomer Association told


, "The Celestial show begins on Saturday evening. When the sun is about to set, Venus will appear first , a bright point of light not far above the horizon and as the sky darkens, one will also be able to spot Saturn. The two planets will almost touch each other."

The planets will get closest on July 1.

Talwar said this conjunction happens once every 13-14 months approximately, but most of the time, the distance between them is much larger or the conjunction happens in the fierce glare of the sun. This time the conjunction is almost 45 degrees away from the sun and the event will be clearly visible, he added.

Although the planets appear close, the distance between them is 9.4 AU. 1 AU (Astronomical Unit) is 149,597,870 kilometres.