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Planetary conjunction

Planetary conjunction

R300/0163

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JOHN SANFORD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JOHN SANFORD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Planetary conjunction. Image 1 of 5. Planets in the evening sky just after sunset on the evening of 30th April 2002. At upper left is Jupiter. The brightest of the planets seen just above the horizon is Venus. Below and right of Venus is the much fainter Mercury. Above and slightly left of Venus is Mars, and just to the left of Mars is Saturn. At lower centre, left of Venus and below Saturn, is the bright star Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri) in the constellation Taurus. For a sequence of the movements of these planets between 30th April and 14th May, see images R300/163-167.

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