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The Planetary Conjunction 
of February 23, 1999

The Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter - Feb 15, 1999 - Photo Copyright by Ron and Jean Zincone

Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter
Feb. 15, 1999
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The Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter - Feb 23, 1999 - Photo Copyright by Ed Flaspoehler

Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter
Feb. 23, 1999
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Ed Flaspoehler, AAAA

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During the last week of February, 1999, the two bright planets Jupiter and Venus danced together in the evening sky. Venus is the brighter of the two. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, these two planets passed within 0.15 degrees of each other, shining brightly in the same telescope field less than half the diameter of the full moon apart. This is not a common occurance, and was of great interest to amateur astronomers and the general public that week. While there is no real significance to this chance alignment, it makes for a pretty view, and should be enjoyed for its rarity.


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