This NASA sky map shows the positions of Venus, Jupiter and the moon on March 26, 2012 during a potentially spectacular conjunction of the three objects.

Venus, Jupiter and Moon Back for More; Conjunction Lights up March 26 Twilight Sky in Jupiter’s Last Dance


Venus, the moon and Jupiter are closing in for yet another love triangle on March 26, official sky observers say. And this will be their last, since Jupiter flits off to its far-flung orbit as March flows into April, and the three are not due to meet in Mother Earth’s sky for quite some time.

The crescent moon, in a slightly different position than it took during the previous three-way in late February, will hover slightly above and to the left of Venus.

Having already started in during the day, with Venus visible near the moon during the afternoon of March 26, the two will be joined by Jupiter at their usual rendezvous time at dusk, reports. Viewers in North America will see the three closest together at about 9 p.m. EDT.

The three will form an arrow—think Cupid—with Jupiter at the downward point in what calls a “twilight light tango” cum “pas de trois as our nearest neighbor, the moon, gets involved in this eye-catching celestial scene.”

It also marks a fond farewell, as Jupiter drifts into the nether regions of its orbit. It will be back in view in June, but without its cherished partners.

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