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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published September 18 2013

Weather Talk: Clear sky would allow view of Saturn, Venus conjunction

If the sky is clear enough tonight, shortly after sunset the planets Saturn and Venus will appear together in conjunction low in the western sky. The term “conjunction” is a reference to apparent closeness. They appear close together in the sky from our vantage point on Earth.

In reality, the two planets are not close at all but millions and millions of miles apart and in different orbits around the sun. The conjunction is merely a matter of line of sight. A person on Mars would not see Venus and Saturn together in the sky tonight because of a different point of view.

On the other side of the sky, the full harvest moon will be rising right about sundown. The sun sets tonight at 7:34 p.m.


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