From the ABC 7 Weather team

The Conjuction Tonight

March 13, 2012 - 06:27 PM
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How Far Away are Venus and Jupiter?

This is the evening of the beautiful conjuction of Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets in the sky.  The gap between the two is only 3° this evening but the distances are vast.  Venus tonight is closer to earth than the sun but still about 75 million miles from earth.  Jupiter the gas giant is 523 million miles from earth and almost 450 million miles from Venus.  Another way to think about it is the time it takes light, traveling at 186,000 miles per second to travel from Jupiter to us on earth.  Tonight Jupiter is 47 light minutes away.  Enjoy the sights


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