DENVER — If you have been out in the evenings, you have probably seen the planets Venus and Jupiter shining brightly right around sunset.
These planets have been getting closer and closer each night and will end up in a conjunction on Wednesday, March 1.
A conjunction is when multiple planets appear very close to one another in the night sky.
On March 1, Venus and Jupiter will be so close you could cover them both with your pinky finger.
In Colorado, the best opportunity to see the conjunction will be Tuesday evening.
A winter storm will bring clouds and a chance of snow to much of Colorado later on Wednesday, and the opportunity to see the conjunction Wednesday evening will be less than 50%.
The reason for this celestial event is pretty simple. As planets orbit around the sun, we see them shift in our night sky.
At this conjunction, Jupiter and Venus will be lining up within view from Earth. It's a pretty amazing sight, considering Venus and Jupiter average more than 400 million miles between the two of them.
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