The most remarkable celestial events of 2023

Venus and Jupiter almost touch in the sky during the March 1 conjunction

Stars Insider

02/03/23 | StarsInsider


Current events on Earth can get you down, and life here on the ground can sometimes feel monotonous. But staring up at the starry sky is a surefire way to put your problems in perspective, and is also simply a great way to spend a night. Some nights, though, are more special than others. In 2023, there are dozens of beautiful and beguiling celestial events that are sure to hold your attention and push worldly troubles from your mind. From meteor showers to eclipses and supermoons, there are more than enough opportunities in 2023 to bask in the brilliance of space.

One of the major celestial events to take place so far this year was the magnificent Venus-Jupiter conjunction. A conjunction occurs when a planet appears close to another planet, star, or moon. The two planets had been growing closer and closer together during the previous weeks, and reached their closest point on March 1. Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and Venus is the brightest so they put on quite a show. The spectacle was visible to the naked eye and the two planets looked like they were only a moon's width apart from our perspective down here on Earth. In reality, they were still 400 million miles (600 million km) apart. This is the closest the two planets are likely to come until 2032.

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