Venus and Jupiter put on a Show at Dusk

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Anyone looking west on a clear evening this month can’t miss the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, drawing closer together in the evening twilight.

They’re the brightest celestial objects after the Sun and Moon.

Graphic for July night sky.

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Although they’ll appear near one another, they’re actually not. The Moon is closest to us, just 247,000 miles away. Venus is 56 million miles from Earth, and Jupiter is 10 times farther out at just over 550 million miles.

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