The two planets were about 29 degrees apart at the beginning of February, but on March 1, they will come extremely close to each other, separated by only 0.52 degrees (39 arcminutes) in a rare event.
Jupiter and Venus have both been seen moving closer together in the sky these nights. Jupiter and Venus will remain in close proximity until March 1, when they will be at their closest. Venus and Jupiter will be less than one degree apart in the sky on March 1 and 2. That’s about the width of your pinkie held out at arm’s length. Venus and Jupiter will appear 39 arcminutes apart at their closest approach on 1 March, and 45 arcminutes apart the following evening on 2 March.
The Raman Science Centre and Planetarium in Nagpur is hosting a special observation programme for astronomy enthusiasts from February 28th to March 2nd, 2023 at 06.00 pm. During this programme, visitors will be able to view these fascinating planets through an 11-inch Schmidt Cassegrain telescope.
Visitors, particularly students, may take advantage of this opportunity in large numbers. This event requires a Rs. 40/- entry ticket for the centre. This observation will take place between 06.00 pm and 07.30 pm. Tickets for these events will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The weather permits the sky observation programme.
For more information, one can call on: 0712-2735800.