Rio Rancho Astronomical Society
Friday, July 17th: Monthly Meeting and Stargaze at Rainbow Park Observatory. Meeting starts at 8:00 PM. Andrew St. Angelo, a contractor for NASA writing programs for satellites and avid astrophotographer, will speak about his expericeance with astrophotography. Stargaze to follow meeting, weather permitting. The For more information, contact RRAS President, Melanie Templet or at 505-220-5355.
Rare Conjunction Between Venus and Jupiter on Wednesday, July 1st
Venus and Jupiter come closer this evening than at any other time in 2015. The two squeeze within 20' (two-thirds of the Full Moon’s diameter) of each other with Jupiter standing almost directly above its companion. Both planets will appear in a single field of view through a telescope at low power. Coincidentally, both have disks that span 32". Their similar sizes do not reflect physical reality — Jupiter’s diameter is some 12 times that of Venus, but it also lies 12 times farther away. Their resemblance stops with size, however. Jupiter shows a fully illuminated disk with at least two dark atmospheric belts straddling a brighter equatorial zone. Venus displays a crescent-shaped disk that is just one-third lit.
The Rainbow Park Observatory will be open to the public at 8:30 PM on July 1st to observe this rare event.